Peytan Porter Readies ‘Grown,’ A Six-Song Testament To Personal Growth and Authenticity

“‘Grown’ is definitely about my quarter-life crisis,” the singer shares.


Madeleine O’Connell

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February 1, 2024

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Photo Courtesy Peytan Porter

Peytan Porter is putting her personal and professional growth on display in her just-announced new project, Grown, coming March 1. 

Since the release of her 2022 project, titled In My Head, the emerging artist has experienced plenty of changes and learned a slew of hard lessons along the way. During that time, she found her way out of a bad living situation and reclaimed her creativity, allowing her to shift her focus back to making the kind of music that makes her happy.

Porter Co-Wrote Each Of The Six Tracks

With this new collection of six songs, all co-penned by Porter, she faces the past year head one through “thought-provoking, identity-exploring lyrics” that are paired with an “earthy sound” stemming from her small-town upbringing in Dawsonville, GA.

Peytan Porter - Grown
Peytan Porter – Grown

“To me, it’s like a coming-of-age moment and it definitely feels more authentic to the season of life that I’m coming out of. I finally got to reflect and realize that I love my hometown. I spent so many years having to hate it, I think, in order to not go back to it because there was no easy way for me to leave it other than to just turn my back completely on it,” Porter told Country Now. “That wasn’t always graceful, but in this project, I finally got to show some appreciation for where I’m from and the people there and kind of mend that relationship, so that’s a big theme.” 

The title track “Grown” was written with Steve Moakler and Mark Trussell, and centers around Porter’s perspective of realizing that some of the most difficult parts of her journey have come at the perfect time. The song especially speaks to just how easy it is for Porter to compare her life to that of her friends and family who are in a slightly different phase. She was hearing gunshots from her apartment while they put down roots, have babies, get married. 

“‘Grown’ is definitely about my quarter-life crisis,” she explained. “I was exactly where I wanted to be because I’m doing music and I have my dream job and it was my dream life and so I just had this moment in that apartment and I was like, ‘look at you, you’re grown, aren’t you? You’re terrified of where you’re sleeping and you did this to yourself.’ And at the same time, being so proud of my willingness to make mistakes and to live with the consequences of them and learn, and I feel like it really did shape me into a better person and to trust myself that I can figure it out. I can put myself in terrible things, but I can also figure out how to get out of it and be better on the other side.”

“Lemonade” Music Video

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The project includes several previously released tracks including “Speaking of Georgia,” “God’s Hotel,” and her newest song “Lemonade,” which lives at the very top of the track list. 

Alongside the project announcement, Porter dropped an accompanying music video for “Lemonade” today. Directed by Natalie Sakstrup and shot with family and friends at the Georgia native’s hometown diner, the new video finds Porter exposing a few of the characters in her hometown and the secrets that spread like wildfire in a small town.

Grown Track List:

1. Lemonade – Written by Peytan Porter, Ian Christian, Matt Willis

2. God’s Hotel – Written by Peytan Porter, Faren Rachels, Jeff Garrison

3. High Road – Written by Peytan Porter, Brinley Addington, Matt Morrisey

4. Speaking of Georgia – Written by Peytan Porter, Billy Montana, Mark Trussell

5. Grown – Written by Peytan Porter, Steve Moakler, Mark Trussell

6. Run The Radio – Written by Peytan Porter, Greg Bates, Trent Dabbs

Peytan Porter; Photo by CeCe Dawson
Peytan Porter; Photo by CeCe Dawson

Hitting The Road With Ian Munsick And Tim McGraw

Beginning January 26, Peytan Porter will hit the road as an opening act on select dates of Ian Munsick’s Boots, Buckles & Bolos Tour of 2024. Additionally, it was just revealed that in June, she will join Tim McGraw’s Standing Room Only Tour in Biloxi, MS, Atlanta, GA and Lexington, KY.

“THIS LITTLE PP IS OPENING FOR TIM MCGRAW IN ARENAS THIS JUNE!!!!! I absolutely cannot wait to join @thetimmcgraw and @carlypearce for a weekend of shows in Biloxi, Lexington and (*pinch me*) my home state arena – ATLANTA. Hope to see you there,” Porter wrote on Instagram. 

A full list of Peytan Porter’s upcoming performances can be found HERE

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.