Warner Music Nashville/Atlantic Records recording artist Devin Dawson is paying tribute to a very significant person in his life who set his sights “on a different kind of legacy” with the brand-new track “He Loved Her” (LISTEN HERE). To properly tell the story of this “small town simple man who lived his life like a country song,” Dawson teamed up with the songwriting heavy hitters behind Dan + Shay’s mega hits “Tequila” and “All To Myself,” Nicolle Galyon (Keith Urban’s “We Were Us,” Camilla Cabello’s “Consequences,” Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic”) and Jordan Reynolds (Dan + Shay’s “10,000 Hours” and “Speechless,” Thomas Rhett’s “Life Changes”).
“’He Loved Her’ is one of the most important songs I’ve ever written or released,” Dawson explained. “It’s inspired by my grandfather, Jerry. My rock. It’s different from other songs I’ve written because it’s simple and to the point, which is sometimes hard for me to accomplish as a writer. I’m proud of the words, the music, and the tribute it pays to one of the most important people I’ll ever know.”
“He Loved Her” and the recently released “Range Rover” will both be included on his upcoming The Pink Slip EP (PRE-ORDER HERE), available everywhere January 15, 2021. Named for the representation of optimistic freedom showcased in lead track “I Got a Truck,” the six-song project finds Dawson building on the edgy confidence he pioneered with Dark Horse; however, where that set found him prowling the shadows of his own stormy soul, Pink Slip punches through the clouds.
Currently featured on HARDY’s Top 5 single “One Beer” alongside Lauren Alaina, these songs mark the first new solo releases from the breakout star since the success of his GRAMMY-nominated, ACM and CMA Single of the Year, “God’s Country,” that he co-wrote for superstar Blake Shelton. The multi-week No. 1 also landed Dawson his first-ever ACM and CMA award nominations for Song of the Year, adding to his previously earned nods from the ACM, CMT Music, Radio Disney, BMI and MusicRow Awards.
Called “one of country music’s most tender and articulate wordsmiths” by The Tennessean, the acclaimed singer/songwriter co-wrote every track on Dark Horse, which the Platinum-certified hit “All On Me.” Dawson has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, ELLEN and TODAYin addition to receiving overwhelming critical praise from outlets such as HUFFPO, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, People, ELLE, AXS, HITS and more. The Nor-Cal native has also toured with major label artists including Maren Morris, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and label-mates Brett Eldredgeand Dan + Shay.