Caylee Hammack enlisted the legendary Reba McEntire for a duet on her forthcoming debut album and the result is “Redhead,” a fiery, autobiographical anthem that only Hammack and McEntire could pull off.
The track made its debut ahead of the August 14 release of If It Wasn’t For You, the Georgia native’s debut album. Co-written by Hammack alongside Natalie Hemby and Trent Dabbs, “Redhead” celebrates redheads and their spitfire personalities.
“They got their hands full, trying to tame a pistol/ Spitfire, freckles that could run among the dead/ Clothes line, tight rope, dare devil, high hopes/ They raised a little hell when they raised a little redhead,” the vocal powerhouses sing on the chorus.
“This song was inspired by an older cousin of mine with fiery red hair,” Hammack shared in a statement. “You don’t hear about redheads very much in songs, so I simply wanted to write one for her and all the redheads in my family. Then, Reba came in the studio and TRANSFORMED this song. She helped me create an anthem for all redheads. Whether you get it naturally or find it in a bottle, this is for the firecrackers!”
To accompany the song’s release, Hammack also shared a music video, which helps bring the song’s story to life.
Directed by Justin Clough, the clip takes fans inside a redhead girl’s childhood as her parents try to navigate life with a daughter that is a lot to handle. Click above to watch.
If It Wasn’t For You arrives August 14 and features 13 tracks all co-written and co-produced by Hammack. The rising star allowed herself to be completely transparent on the project with hopes that her songs and stories will resonate with fans far and wide.
“I feel like I’m airing all my dirty laundry in this album in hopes of others feeling that honesty and vulnerability and in it, finding a safe haven to be themselves,” Hammack shared in a statement. “I want the nitty gritty to shine through, that’s where the stories are. Every song on this record has a true story behind it, and now I can’t wait to tell those once people listen to the album!”
Included on the project are previously released tracks like “Family Tree” and “Small Town Hypocrite” as well as “Redhead” with Reba and “Mean Something,” featuring Ashley McBryde and Tenille Townes.