With his new single “Don’t Waste the Night,” second generation singer-songwriter Levi Hummon steps into the roll of an independent artist, taking on a sleek new pop-country style.
Hummon performed an acoustic take of the track for Rolling Stone Country‘s Ram Report, saying the Ed Sheeran-inspired tune and its “dark and intense” R&B melodies are the beginning of a new chapter, after releasing a self-titled EP last spring.
“I’ve developed a more personal sense of who I am as an artist,” Hummon says. “And this song is really the first genuine step in that direction.”
Co-written by Hummon with Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem, “Don’t Waste the Night” is the first taste of an upcoming full-length album, and Hummon says he’s been testing out songs for the project live – something he couldn’t do before going independent this year.
The son of songwriter Marcus Hummon (Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road,” Dixie Chicks’ “Cowboy Take Me Away”), the young singer songwriter grew up hearing hit melodies be created, but is working hard to step out of his father’s considerable shadow.
“Ive used my dad in the past as a person to learn from and have as a mentor,” Hummon says, “but he’s no longer who I am, and it’s important for me to distinguish that.”
“Don’t Waste the Night” is out now, and Hummon, one of Rolling Stone Country‘s Artists You Need to Know, will perform at Chicago’s Windy City LakeShake this July before opening shows for Hunter Hayes in the fall.