Introspective country singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes has just released his new single “Fat Kid” off his forthcoming debut album If You Grew Up Like I Did, coming out May 31 via red dot. The album title comes from a lyric in “Fat Kid,” which features award-winning artist Lori McKenna, who also co-wrote the song with Neil Mason (The Cadillac Three) and the late Andrew Dorff.
While Jenckes wrote or co-wrote every song on his album with the exception of “Fat Kid,” he was the first to hear the track and immediately connected with it.
“’Fat Kid’ represents all the versions that I see of myself growing up,” Jenckes said. “And I felt like I could be every person in the song. There’s a difference between writing a song about the world around you and then seeing a song that is about you. I’ve always been the kind of person that feels compelled to say what I want to say and write songs that I want to write. As soon as I heard the song, I was just like,’Man, it just sums up everything that I feel like I’ve been through in my life.’ And it was the first time that I had heard my story right in front of me so clearly.”