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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 15, 2020) - Singer/Songwriter Kelleigh Bannen today released “The Optimist,” a new single inspired by her time at home. Co-written by Bannen, Will Bowen and Claire Douglas, the song was recorded in Bannen’s kitchen during quarantine and takes a reflective look at one of the most important relationships in her life, detailing glimpses of simple, real-life moments that showcase how transformative love can be. Listen to “The Optimist,” produced by Will Bowen, here.

“The pace of all of our lives has slowed down so much, and I need a little extra hope right now... doesn’t everybody? This song is about seeing the world with a fresh, and hopeful perspective. It was recorded as a simple piano vocal, and was only ever supposed to be a demo. When I heard the song back, it just struck me differently in this season we’re all weathering, so I wanted to share it,” said Bannen. 

“The Optimist” follows Bannen’s highly-successful and independently released album Favorite Colors, which was featured on NBC’s “Today,” Billboard, People, iHeart, Rolling Stone, CMT and SiriusXM’s “The Highway.” A co-writer on all 14 songs across the album, CMT called Bannen an artist who has, “...never compromised the integrity of her sound or point of view as a storyteller,” and Sounds Like Nashville  added “ of Nashville’s best songwriters.” 

Bannen’s tell-it-like-it-is approach and unapologetic style has garnered a groundswell of support from fans, industry and press. Bannen’s podcast This Nashville Life offers up a glimpse behind the scenes from music industry insiders and was featured by The Washington Post, NPR’s On Point and iTunes New & Noteworthy. This past year, Bannen was tapped as the official host of Apple Music’s first-ever country music show “Today’s Country,” which airs live on Beats 1 at 10 a.m. CT every Sunday and is available on demand on Apple Music. For more information, visit


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