American country music singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson has put her own signature twang to popular early 2000s songs by Ludacris, Fall Out Boy, and Gavin DeGraw as part of CMT’s ‘Make It Country’. Spinning the song wheel, Wilson then covers What’s Your Fantasy, Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down, and I Don’t Want To Be respectively.
The 28-year-old is not the first artist, however, to try and ‘country-fy’ popular songs. Eric Paslay, Matt Snell, Whitney Duncan, and more have taken up the ‘Make It Country’ challenge since its beginnings in October last year – and, although all are worthy of a watch, we think Wilson’s funny, entertaining, and downright impressive renditions are some of the best so far!
A self-described old soul, Wilson has fast become one of Nashville’s most buzzed about newcomers thanks to a fiery live show and prolific songwriting. At the age of nine, she began writing songs about tequila and cigarettes, and a family trip to Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry that same year solidified her decision to one day move from her home of 300 people in Baskin, Louisiana, to Music City, which she did after high school.
She made her independent debut release Tougher, which charted on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart upon its 2016 release. She followed with two EPs – her self-titled EP in 2018 and 2019’s Redneck Hollywood. In 2020, she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Earlier this year, she released her debut album, Sayin’ What I’m Thinking which features the lead single, Things A Man Oughta Know.
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