Eric Paslay is next in a long line of country singer-songwriters who, after gaining acclaim for writing a collection of hit songs for other artists, is getting his (Fri)day in the spotlight.
The 30-year-old Texan is climbing the country charts with "Friday Night," hitting the top 20 for the first time on the Hot Country Songs this week at No. 20 (up four spots from last week). The song also hit the Hot 100 last week, peaking at No. 85 this week.
At the CMA Awards Wednesday night (Nov. 6), Paslay spoke to Billboard about breaking through as a singer, as well as his upcoming debut album.
"It's awesome," Paslay said Wednesday evening. "I've had all the hits as a writer and I've been trying to have a hit as a singer. It's awesome. Thanks to country radio for playing 'Friday Night.'"
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He first gained prominence as a songwriter, helping pen tunes such as Jake Owen's No.1 country single "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Love & Theft's "Angel Eyes" and more.
Paslay has had two previous singles -- 2011's "Never Really Wanted" and 2012's "If the Fish Don't Bite" -- hit the Hot Country Songs chart. Why does Paslay think "Friday Night" is the first to resonate with a larger audience? According to him, it's about relating to its lyrics -- and a spot on ESPN's Friday Night Football broadcast doesn't hurt, either.
"Who doesn't want to be somebody's Friday Night, you know?" he said. "Who wouldn't want someone to be your Friday Night? I think that's it, and... think about Friday night football and all that, it's on ESPN right now for the Friday night football games. It's kind of everything that you love is in that song."
Paslay's as-of-yet-untitled debut album is currently prepped for a February release. Paslay said the album is "full of hope and songs you can rock with you baby or hold her close -- and songs that might fit Sunday morning, too."