Caylee Hammack

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Caylee Hammack
Birth nameCaylee Anna Hammack[1]
Born (1994-03-19) March 19, 1994 (age 28)
Ellaville, Georgia, US
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.; Southland Academy[2]
Years active2018–present
LabelsCapitol Nashville

Caylee Anna Hammack (born March 19, 1994[3]) is an American country music singer and songwriter. She is signed to Capitol Records Nashville and released her debut album If It Wasn't for You on August 14, 2020.

Early life[edit]

Hammack started playing music at age 13 which helped her to feel different in her hometown where she never felt like she belonged anywhere.[4] While not getting much of a music education or vocal lessons, she self-taught by listening and singing songs on the country radio.[5] The first time she had to turn down potential tennis scholarships was at age 15, after a surgery to remove a tumor. She wrote her first song, "Addictive", about the pain pills she had to take after the surgery.[6]

While her brother played Southern rock and her sister Britney Spears songs, she discovered the country genre for herself and counts Dixie Chicks and the SHeDAISY as her early inspirations.[7]

Her first ticket to Nashville was her full music scholarship to Belmont University at age 18, which she ended up declining because her boyfriend persuaded her to stay in Ellaville with him. After the two broke up, she started to follow her interest in music again, and a call from Luke Bryan gave her the final motivation to move to Nashville.[8] She moved at the end of 2013 with about $1000 of savings, a high school diploma, her clothes in trash bags, and playing Kacey Musgraves debut album for the seven-hour drive.[9] She soon found herself sleeping in her car after spending the money she came with. With the help of a fake ID she could enter the music venues and bars and after asking a bass player at the Honky Tonk Central on Broadway she started to sing there weekly, covering songs.[7][9] Before signing an official recording contract, she performed several original songs, including "Redhead".[10]


After about two years of playing and writing songs, she was introduced to Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville by Robert Filhart where she started as a staff writer.[11] During a writers' retreat she found out that her house in Nashville had burned down due to an electrical fire that destroyed about 70 percent of her belongings. Tenille Townes was at the retreat with her and helped her during this time which was the start of their friendship.[5]

She is signed to Red Light Management and is managed by Mary Hilliard Harrington. In 2018 she signed a recording contract with Capitol Nashville.[11]

She was featured as an emerging country artist by Billboard[6] and as a "new country artist you need to know" by Rolling Stone.[12] She calls Kacey Musgraves, David Bowie, Tom Waits her influences in her adult life.[9] In 2019 she opened for Lanco, Dierks Bentley, Trisha Yearwood, and Miranda Lambert.[13][14][15]

Her debut song "Family Tree" was released on January 18, 2019, and was the most-added debut song by a female artist at country radio in the last three years.[16] On May 29 she performed the song on the Today show in her national television debut.[17]

Her upcoming album will make her debut as a producer, with help from fellow producer Mikey Reeves.[4]

She was recognized by CMT Listen Up in their 2020 list, which was extended into 2021 in August.[18]

Hammack wrote "Small Town Hypocrite" while still being a staff writer, together with Jared Scott, about the breakup with her boyfriend who cheated on her, which eventually brought her to Nashville. Later she found out that he lived in a double-wide trailer, which made its way into the song's final verse.[19] The song was officially released on February 21, 2020.[20]

She was scheduled to open for Reba McEntire and Luke Bryan in 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic cut her Europe tour short. The opening acts for McEntire were postponed, which left the musician and her band with no income. During this time they started to offer a landscaping service to make up for the lost income.[21]

Hammack learned about her first-ever ACM nomination for New Female Artist of the Year for the 2020 ACM Awards while waiting for a plane at the airport.[22]

She hosted a Facebook event together with Ashley McBryde called CMT Next Women of Country Goes Live on April 7, 2020[23] and appeared on Country Outdoors LIVE special from Outdoor Channel on May 8.[24]

She announced on June 24 that her debut album If It Wasn’t For You would be released in August and would contain 13 songs. She co-wrote 12 of them and wrote one by herself. The album features duets with Reba McEntire, Ashley McBryde, and Tenille Townes.[25]

On August 13 a new version of "On the Road Again" with Willie Nelson, Hammack, and nine other ACM nominees was published as "On the Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition)". Proceeds from downloads are to benefit a COVID-19 fund from ACM.[26]



Title Details Peak chart
US Country[27]
If It Wasn't for You
  • Release date: August 14, 2020[25]
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Format: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country[28] US Country Airplay[29]
2019 "Family Tree" 40 32 If It Wasn't for You
2020 "Just Friends"
2023 "All Or Nothing" TBA
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
US Country[28]
2019 "Fooled Around and Fell in Love"
(Miranda Lambert featuring Maren Morris, Ashley McBryde, Tenille Townes, Caylee Hammack, and Elle King)
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Video Year Director
"Family Tree" 2019 Dano Cerny
"Small Town Hypocrite" 2020
"Redhead" Justin Clough
"Forged in the Fire"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award show Category Nominated work Result References
2020 Academy of Country Awards New Female Artist of the Year Caylee Hammack Nominated [30]
Musical Event of the Year "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" (with Miranda Lambert) Won [30]
AIMP Nashville Awards Publisher's Pick "Small Town Hypocrite" Nominated [31]
Country Music Association Awards Musical Event of the Year "Fooled Around and Fell in Love" (with Miranda Lambert) Nominated [32]
2021 Academy of Country Awards New Female Artist of the Year Caylee Hammack Nominated [33]


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  8. ^ "Caylee Hammack, Cindy Mabe & More Featured as Speakers at 2019 CMA EDU Executive Summit". Billboard. July 25, 2019. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Country Singer-Songwriter Caylee Hammack on Her Love of David Bowie, Finding Strength as an Artist". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 2, 2020.
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  12. ^ McKenna, Brittney; Gage, Jeff; Moss, Marissa R.; Menconi, David; Crawford, Robert; Parton, Chris; Beaugez, Jim (July 25, 2018). "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: July 2018". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  13. ^ Thompson, Gayle. "Miranda Lambert Praised by Tour Opener, Caylee Hammack: 'She's a Saint' (Exclusive)". Country Music. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  14. ^ Dukes, Billy. "Trisha Yearwood Praises Caylee Hammack Ahead of Every Girl Tour". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
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  18. ^ Iahn, Buddy (August 13, 2020). "CMT extends 2020 Listen Up program into 2021". The Music Universe. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
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  22. ^ "Caylee Hammack "cried in an airport bathroom" when she found out about her first-ever ACM nomination". KTLO.
  23. ^ "Ashley McBryde joins "CMT Next Women of Country Goes Live" today". WIN 98.5. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  24. ^ "Jordan Davis, Travis Denning Taking Live Music To Outdoor Channel". Kix 92.1 Country (WKXY). April 30, 2020. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
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  26. ^ Grein, Paul (August 10, 2020). "Willie Nelson Teams With ACM New Artist Nominees for 'On the Road Again' Remake to Aid COVID-19 Fund". Billboard. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
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  30. ^ a b "Nominees". Academy of Country Music. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  31. ^ Nicholson, Jessica (July 30, 2020). "Ashley McBryde, HARDY, Hailey Whitters Among AIMP Nashville Awards Winners". Musicrow. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
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  33. ^ Huff, Lauren (February 26, 2021). "Maren Morris and Chris Stapleton lead 56th Academy of Country Music Awards nominations". Retrieved February 26, 2021.