Over the last several weeks Audacy has been shining a light on the best emerging artists in music with Launch, aiming to introduce and connect millions of listeners across the country to artists they should know — like Warren Zeiders.
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Never planning to pursue music professionally, the former athlete says music has always been a part of his life — beginning with the songs he sang at church as a child. “My love for music began in the church and I think how I connected with music — from a faith standpoint,” he shared. “I always carried that with me through my life.“
“Whether it’s my story to tell, or it’s a friend's story, or something I see in a movie, it doesn’t matter,” he said of where he finds inspiration. “I’m just super grateful to do what I do. I just love making music. It’s how I connect and probably one of my love languages, honestly.”
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That’s exactly what’s he did with his debut single to Country radio, “Pretty Little Poison,” which has been playing across Audacy stations nationwide for the past several weeks while simultaneously climbing closer to the top of the Country charts.
A powerful ballad about the one he can’t shake, Zeiders tells Audacy writing the song was an emotional challenge for him, but one he found important to defeat.
“It’s probably the hardest song I’ve had to write because of how close to home it hits,” he expressed. "[It’s] definitely the hardest song I’ve ever had to sing, it’s a song that’s kept me up many of nights when it came to recording this song because I felt, in my heart, this song needed to speak the truth…. I had to believe myself, first, before I put it out.”
While his pain is prominent, Zeiders says he finds it important to expose to create community and let fans know, “You’re not alone in this world.”
LISTEN NOW: Warren Zeiders tells fans, ‘You’re not alone’ with new single, ‘Pretty Little Poison’
“I’ve been through it and there’s been countless other people who have been through it,” Warren said of the message he hopes the song spreads. “I feel like we all have a ‘Pretty Little Poison’ whether it’s a girl… or a guy or whatever it may be,” he continued. “It could be something you battle with in life. It’s something you know is not good for you and you continue to go back to it because it’s just too good to say ‘no’ to it.”
The song is just the beginning of what’s to come from Zeiders as it’s the lead single and title-track of his debut album, Pretty Little Poison, now available everywhere.
Get to know more about Warren Zeiders by tuning into Audacy stations nationwide and checking out his music on Launch: New Country Radio.