"I always hesitate to take the interstate, but I always do.” For Lexie Hayden, an inspired, young, Virginia-bred singer/songwriter, that interstate has always pointed to Nashville, Tennessee. Celebrating the release of her 2017 EP The Drive, fittingly written and recorded in the heart of Music City, Hayden is thankful for the journey that led her there. “This record was a long time coming, and I was so excited to share it with the world.” Having co-written all 5 songs, The Drive not only marks a statement in Hayden’s growth as a singer and a writer, but a realization of her identity as an artist in the ever changing landscape of country music. The record was certainly successful in gaining Nashville's attention, and got her up on the Whiskey Jam and Song Suffragettes stage, as well as opening for Phil Vassar during CMA Fest 2017. The album was reviewed by the Bobby Bones Show and Whiskey Riff within a week of the release. The single off the record, "Kiss and Tell," produced 10,000 streams on Spotify in just two weeks and the music video hit 20,000 views in just 48 short hours. An impressive feat for a newly established artist in Nashville.
Drawing inspiration from all corners of country music, ranging from royalty like Dolly Parton and The Dixie Chicks, to younger trailblazers such as Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Brothers Osborne, Hayden has always sought to tap one particular attribute that these influences embody to her: honesty. And more than anything, honesty is what had her so excited for The Drive. “These songs are really ME - who I am as an artist, and who I am as a person.” While she is thrilled about releasing this new record, she is also mindful of the road ahead. “In a lot of ways, this is just beginning,” she says, “I can’t wait for what’s to come.