Nashville’s very own Kyle Elliott is releasing his first single of the year on 26th February. His last release, Come On Over, debuted at #21 in the UK iTunes country chart and has gained worldwide airplay, as well as a nomination for the UK Country Music Spotlight Awards ‘International Song of the Year’.
Empty was inspired sonically by Chris Young and tunes like Tomorrow and Hangin’ On, whilst the story was inspired by Chris Stapleton’s Whiskey and You. It’s an age-old story of love and loss and explores the idea of alcohol being the remedy for a broken heart. The song opens with melancholic electric guitar and Elliott’s deep, soulful voice. As he sings of a man left with nothing but empty bottles, he shows his vulnerable side. It comes out both in the lyrics – as he’s drinking to avoid the reality of his broken relationship – and in his delivery, as he utilises his impressive vocal range to tug at the heartstrings. Elliott himself describes the song as a ‘turning point’, setting a new standard for his music, and I’m excited to see what this means for his songwriting in the future.