Singer/songwriter Caleb Lee Hutchinson charmed audiences during his run on Season 1 of American Idol’s reboot, but now he is ready to reintroduce himself with the release of his self-titled EP, produced by GRAMMY-winning recording artist Kristian Bush of Sugarland, today, Friday, June 28.
With a voice that Lionel Richie deemed a “crystal clear identity,” Hutchinson’s new release gives listeners a variety of sounds to consume. Hutchinson says he wants the music to “stand out and be something different than people have already heard,” which he achieves by remaining true to his classic-country style without alienating a younger audience.
In his upcoming single, “Belle of the Bar,” Hutchinson makes the well-trodden story of finding love in bar sound freshly unfamiliar. As a songwriter, he gets into the grit of heartbreak with “Left of Me.” The inclusion of his rendition of Post Malone’s, “Better Now,” previously released to YouTube and racking up hundreds of thousands of plays on streaming services, proves Hutchinson’s ability to bend music to his unique style and make it his own.
Anticipation surrounding the release of new music also led Hutchinson to cut songs by Nashville hit-makers, such as “Good As You Think I Am” by Maren Morris, Ryan Hurd, and Andrew Dorff. He found connection to the tracks on the bunk of his tour bus last summer where, “I got to spend a lot of time with them,” he says.
Hutchinson looks forward to sharing his new songs with fans saying, “…now I really get to do stuff that I believe in, so that’s a cool opportunity for them to meet the new me.”