Erin Enderlin is no stranger to country music. A songwriter for as long as she can remember, Enderlin began getting major cuts when she was in college at Middle Tennessee State University back in 2004.
Her first major cut was when Alan Jackson recorded her track “Monday Morning Church" with Patty Loveless. The experience truly revealed to her the connection she could have to people through lyrics and music. In an interview with CMT, she explains people would reach out to her to thank her for the song, “I got letters in the mail from people saying, 'I lost my husband, and I'm so angry and upset. And people say it's going to be OK and it's not … But I listened to your song, and it made me feel like it was OK to feel that way.'… That's crazy to me that someone would track me down because it meant that much to them."
The career milestones were only just beginning for Enderlin. In the years following she would go on to have her songs recorded by Randy Travis, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, Luke Bryan, and more.
When she graduated college, she moved onto Music Row to become a full-time songwriter. Her roommate? Another rising singer-songwriter in Nashville: Chris Stapleton. “Every night, I could hear him singing through the air conditioning vent," Enderlin tells CMT. “I don't know how it perfectly sent all that noise up to my room. Usually people would be pissed — 'Damn it, why do I have to listen to my room mates?' But in my case, it was amazing. I could just hear him down there writing or singing. I remember thinking, 'People are not going to believe this someday.'"
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Enderlin's new album, Whiskeytown Crier, came out in September has been critically acclaimed and appreciated by artists throughout the country music community. The masterpiece was no quick feat, she told Billboard that she had been working on the record for seven years, “I started recording this one about seven years ago. I put the last one out in the middle of doing this one. I got to go in with my friends and a bunch of musicians that I am crazy about, and made the album that I wanted to make. I feel lucky to be able to do that, and I feel very proud of it."
An album of diverse characters and their stories, it contains a wide-array of emotions. The album is set to resemble a small-town newspaper, telling tales from different people's points-of-view. She was inspired by her favorite author, William Faulkner, “As I Lay Dying blew my mind because that was the first book I read that changed characters from chapter to chapter. At first you don't realize it––Faulkner doesn't say, 'Okay, now it's going to be someone new talking.' He just does it. And it was so amazing to me that just by using different words, he could make you see so clearly through the eyes of a different person." Her album does the same.
One of Enderlin's favorite tunes on the album is “Baby Sister," which she calls her “uptempo murder ditty." Stapleton himself appears on “Caroline" and “His Memory Walks on Water." Randy Houser, Jessie Alexander, and Jon Randall have cameos on the album as well.
Did I mention how cool it is to be a part of this?? #Repost @soundslikenashville (@get_repost) ・・・ We love seeing this next batch of amazing country women joining CMT Next Women of Country! Look out for these incredible new acts! 💁🎶 (Back Row L-R) Songwriter Erin Enderlin, singer-songwriters Bailey Bryan, Hannah Ellis, Hosts Senior Vice President of Music Strategy for CMT Leslie Fram, singer-songwriters Kassi Ashton and Jo Smith (Front Row L-R), Abby Anderson, Kalie Shorr, Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart of The Sisterhood Band and Ashley McBryde take photos during the 2017 CMT Next Women Of Country Celebration at City Winery Nashville on November 7, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. 📸: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CMT