Nashville songwriter Nicolette Hayford has stepped into the artist world as Pillbox Patti, giving her the chance to share her personal stories through her own music. Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision, Patti took to social media to share one of these powerful stories through her unreleased song, “Valentine’s Day.”
On Friday, June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court officially reversed Roe v. Wade. In doing so, the court declared that abortion is no longer protected at the federal level. This announcement sparked many conversations around the U.S., including with artists.
Just a few days later, on June 28, Patti felt that it was fitting to share a snippet of the song “Valentine’s Day” off her upcoming album. While the song was not written as a direct result of this event, it did give her the chance to bring the relevant story to light. The video of her singing “Valentine’s Day” reveals a true story that “hits a little different now,” according to Patti.
She captioned the video, “you can stand where you wanna stand..and believe what you wanna believe..that’s the great thing about having a choice. I’ve just chosen not to be a hypocrite. Everybody love everybody.”
Friends and fans showed their support for the artist by flooding the comment section with their excitement and eagerness to hear the rest of the personal song.
“I just sat and stared out the window/ Tried real hard not to cry/ And all the other girls were laughing down the hallway/ And I know they were talking about me/ In the lunchroom probably eating cupcakes/ Like you’re supposed to do when you’re 15/ And it’s Valentine’s Day/ Happy Valentine’s Day,” she sings in the emotional clip.
The Florida native’s full project will follow the first two songs she released as Pillbox Patti earlier this year. Her new chapter as a singer and a songwriter comes after years of penning hits for the likes of Ashley McBryde, Lainey Wilson, William Michael Morgan and Chrissy Metz.
Starting her career off in the 10-year town, Patti found herself immersed in the songwriting world with a group of writers until emerging as Pillbox Patti. Although songwriting is still very prevalent in her career, this new freedom allows her to say anything and everything she wants, even if it’s not always pretty.
Ahead of the release of her debut songs, “Young and Stupid” and “Good People,” several members of the industry, who have worked closely with the singer, took the time to share some thoughts on what she means to them. “Smart, dumb and awesome” were the words country star Jon Pardi used to describe Patti.
“Patti to me is somebody who came from a tough place and uses that to reach other people who did as well,” singer-songwriter Benjy Davis shared.
Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild added, “Not many girls are willing to put it all out there and say their truth and she is.”
Patti explained that her debut record as an artist will be coming out soon, but until then she will be hitting the road as an opener for Brantley Gilbert & Jelly Roll on the Son Of The Dirty South Tour. Over the holiday weekend, she’ll make two stops in Florida before picking up in Bossier City, LA on August 25.