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  • Isabel Mays

Review: “If It Wasn’t for You” - Caleb Hearn

Caleb Hearn If It Wasn't for You Cover Art

I love a good sad song that puts me in my feels and makes me reflect on things. And I have to say, Caleb Hearn’s latest single may just be a new favorite! “If It Wasn’t for You” is an impactful, slow, and emotional song where Hearn reflects on a past relationship and how its end still impacts him. He said that writing this song was a way to reflect on this past relationship and let himself finally move on. Hearn says a big influence for this song was Lizzie McAlpine’s song, “ceilings”. I can definitely connect a few similarities between the two, but Hearn was still able to make this song completely its own thing. And I think what he has created is genius.

Upon my first listen to this song, I could sense a lot of similarities in style and tone between Hearn and Alexander Stewart! I think Stewart’s “if you only knew” is a great example of this. I felt like I really connected with this song, more on a platonic level, and the friendships that have come and gone in my life. I think Hearn has an achingly soft voice, it kept pulling me deeper and deeper into the song. You can sense a lot of vulnerability in his voice, which makes sense given the meaning behind the song. These are things he never got to say to his ex, and now he’s spilling out his emotions on the page. It’s heartbreakingly beautiful.

Caleb Hearn is a 23-year-old singer and songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. Hearn loves to write songs that make you reflect, and in doing so, he has earned himself over 1.5 million followers on TikTok. And on Spotify, those numbers just keep growing. To date, Hearn has reached an impressive 3.5 million monthly streams. If you haven’t had the pleasure of giving his music a listen thus far, I highly recommend his songs “It’s Always Been You” and “Damage”. This year, Hearn is set to release his EP, We’re Getting Older, and I couldn’t be more excited. I highly recommend everyone go listen to his music, and go stream “If It Wasn’t for You” everywhere, now!

Written By Isabel Mays



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