Bailey Hefley is a one to watch in Country music.
The Arkansas native started her journey in Music City in 2012, sharing her songs at writers’ rounds and opening for artists including Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Deana Carter, and fellow Arkansan, Justin Moore. Over the course of eight years with a few singles in between, Hefley has been honing her craft with producers Brian Kennedy (Rihanna, Chris Brown, Natasha Bedingfield/Rascal Flatts) and Davix Foreman (Keyshia Cole, Timbaland, Nicky Jam) for her debut record Forever 20 Something later this year.
Each song on the album was co-written by Bailey and rooted deeply in personal experiences ranging from being bullied as a child, to quite literally finding her voice as a teenager, and of course, the heartbreak that comes with first love. Critics call her lyrics powerful and heartfelt, and we couldn’t agree more.
As she gears up for her debut record this fall, CS Country (virtually) sits down with Hefley to talk about her latest single, her songwriting process, and how she’s keeping busy in quarantine.
Celeb Secrets Country: Can you tell us about your first involvement with music?
CSC: Who are your biggest musical influences?
CSC: Who is your dream collab?
BH: “For sure Ed Sheeran. I love his writing style and his voice. I would absolutely die to perform, record, and/or write a song with him.”
CSC: Can you tell us about the inspiration behind “Doing Time with You?”
CSC: You are known for your powerful and heartfelt lyrics. What is your songwriting process like?
I write most of my songs on guitar and record them on voice memo at the end, but sometimes I’ll write to track, which means there’s a drum loop or even more going on in the background on speakers, kind of like having a karaoke track, while we come up with the lyrics and melody.”
CSC: What do you want listeners to take away from your music?
BH: “To me all of this begins from a feeling, and if the listener connects in a way that they feel even an ounce of what I felt when I wrote it then I did my job. I hope that if the song healed me when I wrote it, it will help heal them. If it made me happy, the goal is that they will want to roll their windows down in the summer and crank it up. I do this for other people at the end of the day. My writing is a service for others and I’m servicing an emotion. That’s my hope.”
CSC: How have you been spending your time in quarantine and how has it affected you creatively?
BH: “I have been making sure I get plenty of time outside now that I’m out in the country and it’s safe to do so on the farm. I’ve been riding horses and hanging with my family which has been amazing. I’m really trying to embrace the positives of this time—like wearing less makeup (laughs).
I have been writing a lot over zoom, and am writing some songs I really love!! I can’t wait to share them.”
CSC: What is the first thing you’re going to do once quarantine is over?
BH: “Probably get all the girls together and have dinner at one of our favorite spots. I can’t wait to see everyone.”
CSC: Since we are Celeb Secrets, do you have any secrets about you or your music that you want to share with readers?
BH: “Ooooo I love secrets! I’m not sure this counts as a secret, but I have a huge sweet tooth, so I have been eating a lot of Smart Sweets gummies during the quarantine. It’s a candy sweetened with a non-artificial sweetener called allulose. Eating them makes me feel like I’m eating candy, without the negative affects!”
CSC: Where can readers find you online?