Budding country star Bailey Zimmerman is said to “strike a sweet spot between timeless American country, rafter-rattling arena rock and authentic storytelling” on Religiously. The Album., his debut full-length project available to stream NOW on all platforms.
According to a press release from Warner Music Nashville and Elektra Music Group, “heartbreak, change, growing up, letting go, moving on, and (maybe) finding love are just a few of the relatable stories Zimmerman shares on the album, with intimate attention to the small things.”
The anxiously-awaited project features Zimmerman’s smash hit “Fall In Love,” the fastest debut single to reach number one at country radio since 2015 and the first debut single to make it all the way to number one on the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2022, as well as his multi-platinum six-week number one single, “Rock and A Hard Place.”
In addition to this, there are 14 other songs on Religiously. The Album. that are sure to be topping the charts in no time, making the future really bright for the rising country crooner.
Religiously. The Album. dropped just one day prior to Zimmerman’s performances at the 2023 iHeartCountry Festival, where he was able to debut some of his hot new tracks LIVE at the beloved Moody Center in Austin, Texas.
The 23-year old kicked off the iHeartRadio “We’re All Country” Guitar Pull, performing the project’s title track, “Religiously.” His performance was followed up by female powerhouse Carly Pearce, who performed a song of her own before reconnecting with Zimmerman to sing a duet of her 2017 smash hit, “Every Little Thing.”
After this one-of-a-kind performance, Celeb Secrets host Juliet Schroder ran into Bailey backstage on the red carpet, just moments prior to his second performance of the day.
When asked about the process of creating Religiously. The Album., Zimmerman gushed on the iHeartCountry Festival red carpet, “It was a lot of fun getting to create everything and just be me and sing about what I wanna sing about and write the songs I wanna write.”
“I’ve never done anything like that. That was months and months of writing and writing, years of writing — A lot of fun,” he continued with a smile.
The 23-year-old also revealed to us some of the things he is most proud of throughout both the creation and release process of Religiously. The Album.
“Honestly, I’m really proud of ‘You Don’t Want That Smoke‘ and I didn’t even write it, but I’m really proud of that song, because that song is just incredible,” he spilled.
“I’m proud of the people that were a part of it because we didn’t have a lot of writers on this album. There was a lot of outside cuts, but not a lot of writers, so it was really cool to get to work hand in hand with all the people, so I’m proud of that too.”
Fortunately, fans will be able to hear hits like “Fall In Love,” “Rock and A Hard Place” and TONS of hot new tracks on the road, as the Illinois native is currently serving as a supporting act on Morgan Wallen‘s One Night At A Time world tour, alongside stars like HARDY, Parker McCollum and ERNEST.
The tour will be hitting legendary venues across the world, including SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley Field in Chicago and more, and we can’t wait to see Zimmerman tear up each and every stage.
In addition to this, the talented singer-songwriter has plans to hit a few more festivals before 2023 concludes, including Gulf Coast Jam, Confluence Music Festival, Carolina Country Music Festival, Windy City Smokeout and more.
Until we can catch one of Zimmerman’s live performances, be sure to check out our full interview with the budding country star from iHeartCountry Festival below.
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With reporting credit by Juliet Schroder. For more coverage from the 2023 iHeartCountry Festival, click HERE.