Just over a year after releasing his debut single, "Fall in Love," Bailey Zimmerman is ready to go full throttle with his first full-length album. The budding country artist plans to released Religiously the Album on May 12.

“The past two years of my life have been insane and the fact that I get to release my first ever album is so surreal,” Zimmerman shares in a statement. "Thank you to everyone that has had my back through thick and thin. I will never be able to repay y’all for the love and support, this album is for you.”

The album's cover art features a black and white photo of Zimmerman grasping the straps of his backpack, looking at the camera with tears streaming down his face.

The last few years have been a whirlwind for the 23-year-old, who says just three years ago he was working for a gas pipeline company and posting videos tricking out his truck on TikTok. After sharing a clip of him singing a song he wrote with his friend Gavin Lucas, everything changed.

“It was really, really weird. All of a sudden, I was in a vocal booth, singing, and then we were writing 24/7, and it’s just never stopped,” he shares with Rolling Stone. “Now this is my life.”

The "Rock and a Hard Place" singer co-wrote 11 of the project's 16 tracks, including the title track, which dropped at the same time of the album's announcement.

Zimmerman is currently opening for Morgan Wallen on his One Night at a Time Tour alongside Ernest, while Hardy and Parker McCollum will also jump in on a few shows. The global tour runs through Oct. 7.

Religiously the Album is currently available for pre-order and pre-save via a wide variety of digital music providers.

Best Country Albums of 2022 - Critic's Picks

This list of country music's best albums from 2022 separates artists who aim to make great albums from those simply looking to record great songs. Only one artist found below notched a solo No. 1 country airplay hit this year. Popularity doesn't always equal quality.

It’s not that albums from country music’s most notable hitmakers aren’t any good. Count Luke Combs and Thomas Rhett as strong honorable mentions for this list but both were edged out by a group that in some ways didn’t have to worry about the confines of commercial success. Randy Houser and Muscadine Bloodline are independant artists. American Aquarium is too and Ashley McBryde released the sort of album you’d expect from an indy act. 

The lesson is country fans need to look deeper for the most daring, creative music of 2022. 

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