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Breakout songwriter, actor and podcast creator Scarlett Burke and rising country star Hailey Whitters two-step 'round the Christmas tree in their new holiday collaboration, "Howdy Christmas," available now. To stream and/or download "Howdy Christmas," click HERE.

Burke wrote and produced the infectious, festive jingle with Audio Up Media CEO Jared Gutstadt. The frequent collaborators recently completed season one of their critically-acclaimed, scripted country music series, Make It Up As We Go. Burke stars in the podcast, available now from Audio Up Media through iHeart Radio, alongside Miranda Lambert, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, Craig Robinson, Lindsay Ell and Bobby Bones.

The official Make It Up As We Go soundtrack release from Audio Up and Sony Music Nashville accompanied the finale episode and included "Champion" by Lambert, described by Rolling Stone as "a stripped-down ode to experiencing heartbreak and finding resilience to push through. It mirrors the journey of the young songwriter played by Burke in Make It Up As We Go, who leaves her Texas home for Nashville and has to navigate the industry while trying to preserve some sense of who she is."

"Christmas is my favorite time of year, so I’ve always wanted to write a song for the season. From the moment we had the hook, I knew Hailey was perfect because of the nostalgia she carries in her own vocal and her style as an artist. She’s strong and classic and fit the idea of a Dolly Parton-inspired get up and two step kinda Christmas song," shared Burke.

"I’ve never done a Christmas song, and the first time I heard this I thought it felt like something I would’ve written. I was thrilled when Scarlett asked me to be a part of it!" added Whitters.

Whitters’ critically-acclaimed album new album The Dream was just included at #4 on The Washington Post’s list of “Best Music of 2020.” Her single “Janice at the Hotel Bar” was named #25 on Rolling Stone’s all-genre “The 50 Best Songs of 2020” list, while “Dream, Girl” was included on NPR Music’s “The Best Music Of 2020: NPR Staff Picks.”MusicRow recently named Whitters one of “2021 Next Big Thing Artists,” proclaiming "Her excellent album The Dream explores struggle, perseverance, happiness and hope, all delivered by her lovely, distinctive voice.”


Born in Amarillo, Texas, Scarlett Burke began studying acting as well as writing songs on her mom’s guitar at the age of 12 and has since written for Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell, Tyler Rich and composed music for some of the biggest campaigns in advertising; including Taco Bell’s Chasing Gold ad starring Darren Criss, (which moved their stock price) as well as a triple spot Zillow campaign. Her scores have been nominated for “Best Country Music Track'' and “Best Americana Artist” by the Production Music Association and have been heard on countless Netflix, ABC, CBS, and Fox series. As an actor she’s appeared on Showtime’s Ray Donovan, Lethal Weapon on Fox, and TNT’S Animal Kingdom. Burke is the co-creator, director and executive producer of the first of its kind, scripted country music series, Make It Up As We Go, available now from Audio Up Media. She stars as Charlotte, an aspiring young songwriter who pursues a career in the music industry, alongside country luminaries like Miranda Lambert, Lindsay Ell, and Bobby Bones, as well as Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid, and a who’s who of the Nashville music scene. The podcast features an original soundtrack, written and performed by the Texas native.


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