Happy New Music Friday, fam! We’re almost done with the first month of 2021 and our favorite artists are starting the new year right with some unforgettable new songs.

After confirming plans for his highly anticipated three-part project, Heart & Soul, in a video message directly to fans in his Church Choir last week, reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year and current GRAMMY nominee Eric Church continues to reveal elements of the collection with today’s release of a new song off the Heart album. “Heart On Fire,” which is available now, obviously tops our New Music Friday playlist this week, because why wouldn’t it?

“‘Heart On Fire’ is the first song on the Heart album, and normally if we had four songs about heart, with the way we used to do this we would cut three of them out and we’d do one,” explains Church of the heartland anthem characterized by a greasy, southern stomp. “It started to be cool that this time we could lean into that sameness and the themes where you can put the songs together and know we wrote these within this much time of each other.”

Even more earworms earned high placement on our playlist this afternoon — Morgan Wallen‘s “Bandaid On A Bullet Hole;” Jay DeMarcus‘ “Music Man;” Hailey Whitters and Brent Cobb‘s “Glad To Be Here” and Jake Hoot and Kelly Clarkson‘s “I Would’ve Loved You,” with other buzzworthy songs coming from emerging artists like Home Free, Niko Moon, Lakeview and Southerland.

Keep scrolling to see our picks and let us know what you think of them by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.

Eric Church – “Heart on Fire”

Morgan Wallen – “Bandaid On A Bullet Hole” 

Jay DeMarcus – “Music Man”

Hailey Whitters – “Glad To Be Here” feat. Brent Cobb

Home Free feat. Don McClean – “American Pie”

Niko Moon feat. Shaggy – “Good Time”

Jake Hoot feat. Kelly Clarkson – “I Would’ve Loved You” 

Lauren Weintraub – “She’s Mine”

Lakeview – “Message In A Bottle”

Troy Cartwright – “Hung Up On You” Red Light Sessions

Southerland – “Little Bit of You” and “Along Those Lines”


  • Juliet Schroder

    Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends. Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.