NXTSTYLE’s 2020 New Music Guide: Hailey Dawn


Representing Country Pop on our list is singer/songwriter Hailey Dawn. Country music isn’t our strongpoint but we know a great track when we hear one and “Hollow Heart 2.0” is just that. We had a chance to catch up with Hailey to learn more about her music, what she has coming next, and much more!


An interview with Hailey Dawn


I originally got the idea for “Hollow Heart” while at a concert. The sound at the venue was so weird and instead of feeling the beat in my chest I felt it in my throat my first thought was “I guess I have a hollow heart” and then immediately after I thought “oh that needs to be a song”.

A couple days later I got with my friends Christin Cole and Tiffany Puckett. I shared with them about someone who had really let me down and hurt me. I trusted this person with my heart and they didn’t treasure it. I wanted to write an anthem that would empower myself and people in the same situation. That’s when we started to write. My hope for this song is that it encourages people to love themselves and to be empowered in their own strength.

I want to inspire people to be vulnerable by being vulnerable in my music.

Right now, I’m planning and writing a lot. My biggest gig that I have planned for 2020 so far will be a show at The Mockingbird Theatre March 1st. I’m really excited about that! I also perform regularly at Belcourt Taps in Nashville.

Definitely some new music and maybe some videos.

Right now I’m really loving “Before The Sun Goes Down” by the The New Respects and “Falling” by Harry Styles. 

Ooh this is hard. Someone I really admire as a songwriter and producer is Ryan Tedder. It would be a dream come true to work with him.

Music had always been there for me. It’s been my outlet in every single season of life. I come from a multi-generational musical family. It is something we all share and love to do together.

My favorite lyric that I’ve written is in my song “The Rest Of Our Lives”. The lyric is “I died my hair so I’d feel brave”.

Last year I died my hair for the first time. It was something I’d always wanted to do and I’d never felt more confident and brave.

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