Heath Sanders is releasing his four-song collection, Common Ground, on the Valory Music Co. today (Jan. 29). The first single from the project, “Old School’s In” will officially arrive at country radio on March 8.
Sanders delves into subjects like the core of his upbringing (“Old School’s In”), the value of your word (“Can’t Undo I Do”), and the timely topic of finding ways to bring us all together on “Common Ground,” with its message of unity in spite of our differences. The set finishes on the romp “Love Needs Makin’.”
In early 2018 Sanders filmed a version of Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way” from his living room, posting the cover on Facebook and quickly transforming his life as an overnight viral sensation among the working-class communities in the Midwest and Rust Belt. After seeing the reaction, he sold one of his deer hunting rifles and used the money to buy a PA system to play in bars around the region. His buddies in the oil fields encouraged him to dream bigger, but it was his mother’s final push in a letter listing reasons why he should seriously consider a new career that prompted Heath to give the gas company his two-week notice. He was invited to Nashville shortly thereafter for an opportunity that would ultimately solidify his path — an appearance on The Bobby Bones Show.
“While I didn’t appreciate it at the time, I’m grateful that I can honestly sing about the experience. I don’t think there’s enough people who’ve swung a hammer, milked cows, hauled hay or cut logs for a living,” Sanders says of his life before music. “If people want to hear a working dude up there singing the realities of small town community or life lessons learned from conversations on a riverbank, I can give them that.”
Common Ground Track List:
1. “Old School’s In” – Heath Sanders, Casey Beathard, Houston Phillips
2. “Can’t Undo I Do” – Heath Sanders, Kyle Jacobs, Anthony McVaney
3. “Common Ground” – Heath Sanders, Jay Brunswick, Jeremy Bussey
4. “Love Needs Makin’” – Heath Sanders, Ben Hayslip, Chris Stevens
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