Parker McCollum’s latest single, “Handle On You,” is in the top five this week on the country radio charts. The single has also been given the RIAA Gold certification. Parker told us not long ago that the song was written during a tough time with his then-girlfriend, Hallie Ray.
McCollum said,” ‘Handle On You’ is a song I wrote with my buddy Monty Criswell before Hallie and I were back together, and I was really going through it, and I was drinking quite a bit and staying up all night trying to write sad country songs. I wasn’t really writing anything at the time and woke up real late one day, and Monty came over, and he had this title called ‘Handle On You,’ and I said, ‘Man, I’ve kind of been trying to get a handle on her,’ and I was really kind of living that at the time.”
He added, “It’s a super honest song, and it really means a lot to me when I listen to it and think back on that time on what I was going through. You know, I was drinking to try to get out of a bad spot which will never work, but I don’t regret it because we wrote ‘Handle On You’ from literally living exactly what that song’s about.”
Parker made his The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut last week (3/30) performing the song.
McCollum will release his forthcoming studio album, Never Enough, on May 12 (MCA Nashville). He earned his first-ever No. 1 hit with his debut single in 2019, “Pretty Heart,” and his follow-up single, “To Be Loved By You,” also hit No. 1 on the charts in 2020.
“Handle On You” is the lead single from his forthcoming album, Never Enough. The album will also include recent releases “Stoned” and “I Ain’t Going Nowhere.”