Lainey Wilson

Country music breakout artist

Lainey Wilson was born May 19, 1992, and raised in Baskin, Louisiana, a town of only 300 people. Her dad was a farmer and her mother was a schoolteacher. Her father taught her a couple of chords and she soon started writing songs releasing an extended play (EP) on Myspace titled “Country Girls Rule” in 2006.

“Country music for me and my family, it was more than music. We lived the words to those songs. [Attending the Grand Ole Opry at age 9] I just remember looking up there, being like, ‘Man, I wanna do that!

Lainey Wilson

In high school, she started impersonating Hannah Montana which she performed at birthday parties, fairs, and festivals across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas, even once performing for child cancer patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

After high school, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee in August 2011 living in a trailer outside of a recording studio. The first years were very hard. In 2014, Wilson released a self-titled album on the Culprit label. It was followed in 2016 by her second album Tougher. The disc was released on the Lone Chief label. The project garnered an audience and charted on the Billboard Top Country Albums list in 2016.

It taught me that this thing was not going to be easy. It taught me perseverance.

Lainey Wilson

In 2018, she issued her second EP, a self-titled collection that was self-released. This led to Wilson signing a publishing deal with SONY/ATV in 2018. The same year, she also signed a management deal. In 2018, Wilson signed a major-label recording contract with the BBR Music Group. Her first major-label release was her third EP Redneck Hollywood (2019). Her debut major label single was also released in 2019 called “Dirty Looks”

Wilson’s musical style is rooted in country music but also incorporates elements of pop, southern rock, contemporary country, and classic country. She has appeared in the TV series”Yellowstone”[1] which has also used several of her songs. In August 2020, the BBR label issued Wilson’s next single to radio titled “Things a Man Oughta Know” which was her breakout single.

Wilson’s voice is clear and strong, with an unapologetic Southern accent, and her songs are tough but heartfelt contemporary country with an edge that has its roots in vintage Southern rock and classic rock, as well as a dash of modern-day pop.

 Mark Deming – AllMusic

It was included in her third studio album “Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin'” (2021). Wilson appeared as a supporting act on Jason Aldean’s “Back in the Saddle Tour” in 2021 and she collaborated with Cole Swindell on his single “Never Say Never”. The duet was released as the second single from Swindell’s fourth studio album “Stereotype” and became Wilson’s second single to top the Billboard country chart.

It was followed by her 2022 solo single titled “Heart Like a Truck”. Wilson has been heavily influenced by Dolly Parton, paying tribute to her in the self-composed track “WWDD” (What Would Dolly Do). She also credits Lee Ann Womack as an influence on her career and music. Lainey just scored a huge honor from CMT, being named the network’s Breakout Artist of the Year at the 2022 CMT Artists of The Year event.

At the time of this post, she is set to release her highly-anticipated album “Bell Bottom Country” on October 28, 2022. She is touring all over the United States.

  1. Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders – land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park. It is an intense study of a violent world far from media scrutiny – where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations. Where drinking water is poisoned by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news: they are a consequence of living in the new frontier. It is the best and worst of America seen through the eyes of a family that represents both. [Back]


Lainey Wilson

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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