By Maxim Mower
Bailey Zimmerman's emergence within country music has been unstoppable over the past few months. The success of his new album, Religiously, has capped off a meteoric ascent since the release of his debut EP, Leave The Light On in 2022.
Religiously, which dropped on May 12, has now set a new record as the largest streaming country debut in history. In addition, the project has earned Bailey Zimmerman the biggest streaming debut album of the year, regardless of genre.
The album features hit singles such as the Double-Platinum heartbreak anthems, ‘Fall in Love’ and ‘Rock and A Hard Place’, along with more recent singles, ‘Fix’n To Break’ and ‘Get To Gettin’ Gone’.
The record's streaming triumph is made all the more impressive by the fact that Zimmerman was going head-to-head with a more established country artist, Parker McCollum, who released his new album, Never Enough, on the same date as the Illinois native.
Cris Lacy, the co-president of Bailey Zimmerman's label, Warner Music Nashville, and Elektra Entertainment's president, Gregg Nadel, shared their praise of the young star, “We are so proud of Bailey and the history-making, debut album he delivered. It’s been incredibly rewarding to watch this talented, young artist develop as both a songwriter and performer, connecting with his fans in a truly meaningful way”.
Zimmerman picked up his first ACM nomination ahead of this year's ceremony for New Male Artist of the Year, which ultimately went to Zach Bryan. Zimmerman also delivered a blistering set during the hugely popular event, performing ‘Rock and A Hard Place’.
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