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r and charismatic entertainer Karen Waldrup first heard the demo for “Sometimes He Does,” the Lori McKenna penned real life love song, years ago when touring in Colorado and she immediately feel in love with the song. Fast forward to Tin Pan South 2017 while rehearsing her viral cover of “I Hope You Dance” with one of the writers, Mark D. Sanders, and he asked if there were any Lori McKenna songs she wanted to record. Immediately “Sometimes He Does” came to mind. The song, which is one of Waldrup’s songs she wished she had written, is included on her “dream record” Justified, released earlier this year. The music video, which marks Waldrup’s first dive into acting, will premiere tomorrow, November 27 on CMT.com. The video was directed by Billy Brown and filmed at Jones Family Farm in Murfreesboro, TN.
“Very few songs have had the impact this one has on my life. When I heard it for the first time, I literally had to pull my car over to listen because I was in tears,” says Waldrup. “Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think I would get to record it. Special thanks to Lori McKenna for writing such a piece of art and allowing me to be a part of it.”
Prior to the music video premiere, Waldrup will spend Cyber Monday with her Waldrup Worldwide Family via her signature Cyber signing. With Waldrup’s dedication to continuously evolving technology, purchases made on Waldrup’s website store between now and the end of the signing, will be autographed lived on Facebook for her legion of fans.
1. KW Stocking Stuffer – Candle, holiday card, keychain – $29 ($39 value)
2. Waldrup Worldwide Winter gift set – Candle, holiday card, Lit cooler cup with 2 inserts, Justified CD – $59 ($87 value)
3. Best Holiday Ever bundle – signed Epiphone guitar, Candle, holiday card, water bottle, Justified CD, guitar pick, lyric guitar chord sheet, sticker – $389 ($443 value)
“Our cyber signing is a rare and unique concept and I never imagined it would turn into hours of signing merchandise items for people all across the world,” explains Waldrup.” I guess that’s what happens when you blend emotional connection to music with shoutouts & shopping! It turns into quite the night for our Waldrup Worldwide community which is remarkable!”
Waldrup has 15 videos that have been viewed over 1 million times. Collectively, her videos have been viewed over 220 million times in the past year and a half and her Waldrup Worldwide Family is almost half a million strong and growing daily.
Waldrup released Justified, produced by award-winning iconic producer Garth Fundis, on July 13. She wrote or co-wrote 9 of the 11 tracks with Nashville friends and fellow songwriters including Julia Cole, Anthony Smith, Donnie Skaggs, Ed Hill, Brian Kolb and others. The album features title track “Justified,” that Music Row magazine calls “a soul-rock tune that showcases potent, wailing and penetrating vocalist with moxie and fire,” the catchy party anthem “What Goes On In This Bar (Stays In This Bar),” Waldrup’s viral version of “I Hope You Dance,” the Lori McKenna penned love song “Sometimes He Does” and the vibey and sultry “Slow and Easy.”
Throwback to November 2016, Waldrup launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a new project that award-winning producer Garth Fundis agreed to produce. The life of the campaign was a roller coaster ride, with very low lows and even higher highs for independent artist Waldrup. During the campaign, she heard a preacher say “the moment you take the burden off of yourself to be important is the moment you start living your true potential,” and she committed to living that mindset. Shortly after, by request from a 16 year old fan, Waldrup recorded an unedited, one-take cover of Lee Ann Womack’s massive hit “I Hope You Dance” in her living room. After sending it to that fan, she also shared the video with her friends at lifestyle brand Country Rebel. They were blown away by the heartfelt cover and posted it immediately on their socials. After millions of views and thousands of interactions on social media, her Indiegogo campaign was over 100% funded and she began recording that dream album. To date, the video has been viewed over 28 million times.
Listen to Justified here.