OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO BROADCAST PREMIERE WITH CMT AND ACROSS THE PARAMOUNT TIMES SQUARE BILLBOARD IN NYC SET FOR 1/23
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED ARTIST-SONGWRITER UNVEILS TRACK LIST FOR FIRST ALBUM INSTALLMENT, TWENTY SOMETHING: MESSING IT UP
Nashville-based phenomenon Alana Springsteen shares her first record, “you don’t deserve a country song”, with the announce of her hotly anticipated debut album, TWENTY SOMETHING, via Columbia Records NY/Sony Music Nashville. As the 22-year-old critically acclaimed artist-songwriter recently revealed on social media, it’s a three-part collection documenting the heartache, excitement, and immense transformation of early adulthood – a journey that begins with the album’s first installment, TWENTY SOMETHING: Messing It Up, which is now available for pre-save/pre-add and releasing March 24.
“Springsteen possesses a classic female voice packed with angst and determination,” praises Billboard, as “you don’t deserve a country song” makes for a powerful start to the next era of Springsteen’s extraordinary career. In a stunning evolution of the sophisticated songwriting chops that inspired E! News to name her “one of Nashville’s most buzzworthy emerging artists,” the defiant yet vulnerable anthem fully channels bouncing back from a painful relationship with more strength and power than ever before. Written by Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Geoff Warburton, Will Weatherly, and Michael Whitworth, “you don’t deserve a country song” also celebrates the freedom and fulfillment she finds in making music, boldly stating her refusal to immortalize her ex in song form: “You ain’t worth three chords and the truth.” In a particularly brilliant twist, the track’s second verse nods to classic Country songs like Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Moon,” as Springsteen gets specific in letting her ex know just how far she’s come in healing her heart.
“I have a tendency to let my feelings consume me, whether they’re good or bad,” shares Springsteen. “That’s why I ended up becoming a songwriter, so I could have a productive outlet for those emotions and all of that turmoil. This song is my attempt to reclaim my power after my ex took so much of it away from me. It’s about finding my confidence and getting to a place where I could start to trust myself and my judgment again. Most importantly, it’s a reminder to myself about the importance of living in the present and being grateful for all of the ‘once in a lifetime’ moments I’ve been lucky enough to experience recently. When that relationship fell apart, I was on my dream tour traveling the country in a tour bus getting ready to play my first arena. I listen to this song now, and those joyful moments are the ones I remember – not the sadness – and it makes me happy that I was able to truly take in all of the excitement happening around me.”
Produced by Chris LaCorte (Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell) and co-produced by Will Weatherly (Dustin Lynch, Dylan Scott), “you don’t deserve a country song” encompasses a larger-than-life yet beautifully detailed sound perfectly suited to Springsteen’s unbridled self-expression – an element echoed in her soul-stirring vocals and impassioned performance on acoustic and electric guitar. Built on a radiant arrangement of forward-pushing rhythms, cascading guitars, and gorgeously lush textures, the song takes on an unstoppable velocity before bursting into the bridge’s scorching guitar solo and unapologetic lyrics: “You don’t get to be the one they’ll think it’s about / You didn’t give me anything that’s worth writing down / You don’t get to tell your friends I can’t let you go / No, you don’t get to hear your name on the radio.”
“I love the bridge we got on this song,” Springsteen points out. “I approached it as my chance to tell him what I needed to say without seeing him face-to-face. When things were good between us, we used to talk about how I’d eventually write a song about our relationship, and we’d joke about him hearing his name on the radio. I tell that story when I sing this song live, and every time I get to the line, ‘You don’t get to hear your name on the radio,’ the audience really gets the weight of it and we feel that rush of empowerment together. It hits. It’s definitely a moment.”
A CMT Broadcast Premiere – appearing on the Paramount Times Square Billboard in New York City, as well as across CMT, CMT Music and CMT.com – is set for January 23 for the official music video for “you don’t deserve a country song.” Dropping a visualizer today (1/13), viewers will be left to wonder what the birthday cake with a single candle represents.
Made with A-list collaborators like Liz Rose (a multi-award-winning songwriter whose co-writing credits include iconic hits like Taylor Swift’s “All Too Well”), TWENTY SOMETHING: Messing It Up intimately explores what Springsteen refers to as “the ways that we get it wrong so we can learn how to get it right.” “She has found her own power, writing songs that speak her truths and lay bare her most intimate feelings,” hails American Songwriter, as she confronts everything from commitment issues, to temptation, and compartmentalizing difficult emotions. A co-producer on all but one on the project and co-writer on every track, Springsteen adds even more nuance and precision to the one-of-a-kind songwriting voice she’s brought to past work like HISTORY OF BREAKING UP (PART ONE) – a 2021 EP that quickly drew attention from major outlets like CMT, who noted that “Springsteen’s passion – as well as her potential for increased stardom – are apparent.” Released in summer 2022, her (PART TWO) follow-up delivered hit singles like “Me Myself and Why,” a track that landed on Entertainment Tonight’s New Music Releases list, and E! News’ The MixtapE! warning audiences to “brace yourself for a true heartbreaker” with “New Number.”
Quickly nearing 100 MILLION career streams to date, Springsteen will kick off 2023 as the special guest on Adam Doleac’s ‘BARSTOOL WHISKEY WONDERLAND’ Tour, running next month through May. For a full list of tour dates and ticketing information, please visit AlanaSpringsteen.com.
Alana Springsteen’s TWENTY SOMETHING: Messing It Up Track List:
1. “you don’t deserve a country song” (Alana Springsteen, Mitchell Tenpenny, Geoff Warburton, Will Weatherly, Michael Whitworth) *
2. “if you love me now” +
3. “caught up to me” +
4. “goodbye looks good on you (feat. Mitchell Tenpenny)” +
5. “tennessee is mine” +
6. “shoulder to cry on” +
* Produced by Chris LaCorte; Co-produced by Will Weatherly
+ Songwriters and producers to be revealed!