“I Will Follow”
Written by Nick Brophy, Jennifer Hanson, and Savannah Keyes
This record slaps.
Like a burst of fresh mountain air, trio Chapel Hart’s dizzying three-part harmony brings some much-needed twang back to country music.
“I Will Follow” is breezily but unpredictably produced, rising to the challenge of keeping the musical arrangement on the same level as the powerful vocalists up front. There are some hand claps and some unexpected twists, including a goosebump-inducing a cappella snippet of “This Little Light of Mine” that takes us to church and back in under ten seconds.
This record is a throwback to when an extraordinarily talented group could just burst on to the scene out of nowhere, and instantly belong. “I Will Follow” took me back to hearing Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man” and Diamond Rio’s “Meet in the Middle” for the first time. It’s like someone took the vocal chops of the Chicks and paired them with the creative arrangements of peak SHeDaisy.
For all the chatter about second and third and fifteenth chances this past week, how about we give Chapel Hart their first chance? Add this to a playlist and it will instantly be the best damn thing on the radio.
An immediate contender for my favorite single of 2021, and the first listen of the new year that has made wading through new releases worth my time and energy. Lead the way, Chapel Hart. I will follow.