Lainey Wilson; Photo by Todd Owyoung/NBC
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Todd Owyoung/NBC

WATCH: Lainey Wilson Stuns With Bucket List Performance Of “Heart Like A Truck” On ‘The Tonight Show’

Lainey Wilson delivered the late night television debut of her latest single “Heart Like A Truck” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday evening (May 26).

Joined by a full band and donning a patchwork suit complete with bell bottom pants, the reigning ACM New Female Artist Of The Year brought her single to life with a stunning performance of the semi-autobiographical tune that truly allowed Wilson’s vocals to shine.

Watch Wilson’s “Heart Like A Truck” performance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon below.

Following her performance, Wilson took to social media to share her gratitude to Jimmy Fallon for allowing her to add a check to her bucket list and deliver the late night TV debut of her new single.

“Tonight was a bucket list evening… Thank you for making us feel so welcome @jimmyfallon @fallontonight,” Wilson wrote. “It was an honor to have #HeartLikeATruck make her late night TV debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Thank you for having me, Jimmy Fallon!”

The performance comes just days after Wilson gave the live TV debut of the tune on The TODAY Show.

The Louisiana native dropped “Heart Like A Truck” on Friday (May 20), marking the first taste of new music as she revs up to release her forthcoming new album later this year. “Heart Like A Truck,” which is the lead single from her upcoming project, showcases Wilson’s growth as an artist, person and songwriter since she released Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’, but remains true to her signature Bell Bottom Country sound.

Produced by Jay Joyce and Co-written by Wilson alongside Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson, “Heart Like A Truck” finds Wilson using clever metaphors within the lyrics, comparing a heart to a truck, to detail her tough journey to stardom while powering through rejection and doubt but always remembering to stay true to yourself and keep going no matter what struggles life throws your way.

“I got a heart like a truck / It’s been drug through the mud / Runs on dreams and gasoline / And that ole highway holds the key / It’s got a lead foot down when it’s leaving / Lord knows it’s taken a hell of a beating / A little bit of love is all that it’s needing / But it’s good as it is tough / I got a heart like a truck,” Wilson sings on the chorus.

The song brings a message that everyone can relate to.

“These past few months have been such a whirlwind, but man, it was quite the journey to get here. Miley wasn’t playing when she said, ‘it’s about the climb,’ because it really is what builds character and teaches you the most about yourself,” Wilson explained.

“This is a song about finding freedom in strength, and not being afraid of your scars and bruises. A truck that has hit a few bumps and earned a few scratches has proved itself and its tenacity…the shiny one on the lot can’t say that,” Lainey explained. “I’ve been through some shit. We all have. But when you get through it, you’re stronger and better for it on the other side. Nothing can hold me back from moving forward and finding a way to enjoy life, no matter what. I hope this song reminds y’all of that.” 

In addition to sharing the new single, Wilson also recently released the cinematic music video for the track, directed by Elizabeth Olmstead and filmed at a historic farm in Franklin, TN. Watch the clip above.

“Heart Like A Truck” follows Wilson’s first-ever No. 1 hit and ACM Song Of The Year, “Things A Man Oughta Know,” and her most recent chart-topper with Cole Swindell, “Never Say Never.” The song, which impacts Country radio on May 23, is destined to quickly become her next chart-topping success.

Wilson will soon join Morgan Wallen on select dates of his Dangerous Tour and is gearing up to hit the road with Luke Combs later this year on his Middle Of Somewhere Tour.

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