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One of Nashville’s newest residents, twenty-year-old Haley Mae Campbell, just dropped her newest single “Blisters,” on Friday, June 8th, with a live performance on the Spotlight Stage at CMA Fest. As if that isn’t exciting enough, NashVegas.com has the exclusive brand new acoustic video! Scroll down to read the never-before-told story behind the song, and check out the debut of Haley Mae Campbell’s “Blisters” – Live & Acoustic at REM Studio A.
New York-born and Charleston, SC-raised, Campbell’s music mixes city-slicker sass with small-town sensibilities, and her melodies will be stuck in your head hours after the song has ended. “Blisters” is part of a new six-track EP, “Lovers Lottery,” released April 27th, 2018.
Check out the exclusive acoustic video below, as well as the unforeseen story behind Haley Mae Campbell’s new single, “Blisters.”
Story behind the song, from Haley Mae Campbell:
“In November of 2016, I was visiting Nashville for a couple of co-writes and CMA week events. At the time, we were also house hunting for my upcoming move, so it was all-around set up to be the perfect trip. Being the 50th Annual CMA Awards, there were tons of artists and celebs in town and so much going on, the town was definitely buzzing. I was attending the CMT Next Women Of Country event when I got a text from my mom with a link attached. I clicked the link which took me to a Craigslist ad that read, “Two CMA Awards Tickets For Sale.” I was ecstatic. I definitely hadn’t planned on getting the opportunity to actually attend the awards, so this came as a pretty big surprise, and it felt like a dream come true!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. And yes, you shouldn’t buy tickets off of any non-verified websites. But the girl selling them seemed nice and they were hard tickets, so we went for it. Fast forward to the following evening, my mom and I are in full glam hanging out on the rooftop of Tootsie’s, directly across from Bridgestone Arena, watching the masses and pointing out our favorite outfits. Finally, we make our way down to join them. You can just feel the excitement in the air as fans are filing in to see and hear all of their favorite stars on one unforgettable stage. We pass through security without any issues. Then, its up to the door, and we pull out our tickets. I’m noticing as I look around that a lot of the other attendees have tickets printed in a yellow/gold as opposed to mine, which are classic “Ticketmaster Red.” I shrug it off. We’re surrounded by a sea of the familiar “ding ding ding” of tickets being scanned, and then ours. “BEEP.” They scan them again with no better luck, and send us over to customer service to figure out the issue.
We then learn that our tickets have been copied, and already scanned FOUR previous times that evening. I was mortified. Earlier in the evening, I had posted all over my social medias getting ready and excited for the show, and even done an interview with a local news cast back in my hometown. I felt like such a phony! I knew it wasn’t at all my fault, but I couldn’t help feeling so embarrassed as we trudged out of the arena and back down Broadway. When I mentioned earlier that I was in FULL glam, that definitely included some beautiful high heels that I’m pretty sure were created to be walked in for no more than 30 minutes. I couldn’t help but cry on our way back to our AirBnb; it seemed like my perfect week in Nashville had come to a startling halt. When we arrived back, and I had a moment to change into sweats and take a deep breath, I sat down on the couch to watch the awards. I couldn’t help but be inspired by all of the incredible artists who shared stories of overcoming any obstacles in their way, and eventually ending up on that stage. I knew there had to be a way to turn such a negative experience into a positive. I pulled out my guitar and started strumming, but all I could think about was those awful heels and how bad my feet were hurting without any reward!
Then, the idea for a song hit me. “Blisters.”
I have this sort of frenzy that I go into when I think I’ve got a great song idea. I can’t talk to anyone, listen to anything, or do anything except get any possible idea written down that might help me work out the lyrics. I was thinking to myself, “Okay, how can I spin this into a more relatable situation, but keep the idea?” About an hour later, I had written out the lyrics for a song that depicts a classic situation that many of us ladies have faced before–getting stood up by some no-good guy. I was so excited about the song that I almost forgot about the trauma that inspired it!
At the time, I swore I would take the secret of what happened that night to my grave, sheerly due to embarrassment. But over time, I’ve come to realize that it’s important to share not just your perfect moments and your highlights, but your biggest disappointments and brutal honest truths as well. Now, just over a year after that night went down, I’ve gotten the incredible opportunity to perform at CMA Fest. I knew that now was the perfect time to share my story, and to spotlight this song. Never in a million years would I have thought that night would lead me to having the chance to perform under the same incredible organization that inspired me to write that song, but it just goes to show you, sometimes you have to get blisters before you get blessings.”