Country newcomer Dylan Brady may only be 20-years-old, but he’s already endured his fair share of heartbreak, and he sings about it in his introspective new song, “I Hate California.”
Released earlier this month, “I Hate California” proves that Brady can skillfully draw in the listener as a true storyteller. Backed by lonely guitar picking and country/pop sounds that call to mind artists like Dan + Shay and Brett Young, the New York native sings about losing his gal to the West Coast. As a result of his heartache, he’s developed a disdain for the Golden State that stole his girl away. Even though Brady wishes her nothing but the best, he continues to reminisce over the painful thought of letting go.
“I hate California / That it keeps you warmer / Than I ever could’ve / Couldn’t ever have your heart / ‘Cuz it was somewhere in those hills / In a studio apartment / Livin’ the dream that you always wanted / And I love that you love it / But I hate California,” Brady croons in the chorus.
“I put my whole heart into every song I write, but honestly it feels like I wrote every one of them to find this one,” Brady said in a press release. “I put my whole heartbreak into every word and feel the break every time I sing it. This song brought me the closure I needed like nothing else could and I hope it brings that closure to someone else who needs it. For me, California represents my heartbreak but California can be anything the listener connects it to.”
Brady co-wrote “I Hate California” with Jared Scott, and produced the song alongside Andy Sheridan and his musical inspiration, Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts. The track follows his romantic single, “Over Us,” which collected over 1 million streams and views since its release earlier this year. Brady is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on his debut EP.
Listen to “I Hate California” in the lyric video below.