Griffen Palmer Reflects On The Highs And Lows Of His 20s On Honest Debut Album, ‘Unlearn’

“To me, the songs on this record are really about what it feels like to be a young person experiencing life and love for the first time,” Griffen Palmer explained.


Ally Roden


Posted on April 29, 2023

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Griffen Palmer; Photo Courtesy of Chris Hornbuckle/Big Loud

Griffen Palmer showcases his powerful storytelling and entrancing vocals in his just-released debut album, Unlearn, available to stream now HERE.

The 10-track project encompasses clever lyrics and an untouchable delivery that proves the accomplished songwriter-turned-Big Loud Records recording artist is a force to be reckoned with in the country music landscape.

“Four years ago when I started to write for this record, I honestly wasn’t sure what it would sound like,” reflected Palmer. “I knew the music that I loved, and I was constantly inspired by all the songwriting going on around me, but I felt really overwhelmed by the idea of defining MY music for the first time. I decided to put trust in the idea that if I worked really hard and made music with people I truly love and respect, I would end up with a project that felt like me. Little by little, all these bits of my story came together to create this record.”

Navigates The Highs And Lows Of His Twenties With Debut Album

Palmer focuses on the highs and lows that come with navigating life and relationships throughout one’s twenties, getting real on love, family, friendships, heartbreak and more in the pop-infused country tracks.

“To me, the songs on this record are really about what it feels like to be a young person experiencing life and love for the first time,” continued Palmer. “It’s the process of learning who you are, especially through the lens of meeting new people, building relationships, and sometimes losing them. When I hear these songs, I picture the exact times in my life when I felt that feeling. I hope that you can see a bit of yourself in them, too.”

The 27-year-old gave fans a taste of his debut record prior to the full release with wedding ballad “Second Guessing” — the tune that put Palmer’s name on the map and won him his season of NBC’s Songland in 2020 — followed by single “25 To Life” and the album’s title track, “Unlearn.”

Watch The Official Music Video For “Second Guessing” Below

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Produced by Joey Moi, Palmer has brought the record to completion with the release of the remaining tracks, including “Put Me Though Hello,” post-breakup anthem “By The Way,” tension-packed “Bottles On The Table” and more.

Penned by Palmer alongside GRAMMY-nominated Geoff Warburton, the pair’s creative chemistry shines through lyrically throughout the entire collection. Palmer and Warburton aren’t strangers to collaborating on hits, as the two have partnered on outside cuts, including “Polaroid” for Keith Urban, Diplo’s “Sad In The Summer” featuring Lily Rose and smash tracks from artists such as The Band Camino, Chelsea Cutler, Jade Eagleson and more.

Griffen Palmer 'Unlearn' Debut Album Art
Griffen Palmer ‘Unlearn’ Debut Album Art

Unlearn Track List

1. Second Guessing (Griffen Palmer, Corey Crowder, Ester Dean, Andrew DeRoberts, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Shane McAnally, Ben Simonetti, Ryan Tedder, Geoff Warburton)

2. 25 To Life (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

3. Unlearn (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

4. Put Me Through Hello (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

5. By The Way (Griffen Palmer, Jordan Reynolds, Geoff Warburton)

6. Small Town After All (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

7. Came Here To Leave (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

8. Late To The Party (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

9. How Many Beers (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

10. Bottles On The Table (Griffen Palmer, Geoff Warburton)

All Songs Produced by Joey Moi

Palmer recently wrapped up his supporting stint on labelmate Lily Rose’s nationwide 2023 headline tour. Originally announced in December, the tour instantly sold-out major markets with the initial six cities, including Boston, Philadelphia and NYC. The trek kicked off on Feb. 9 in Allston, Mass. at Brighton Music Hall and came to a close on April 23 at Houston, Texas’ House of Blues.

Additionally, Griffen Palmer recently took the stage at Live in the Vineyard Goes Country and will make his debut performance at CMA Fest this June.

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