When Hailey Whitters and Lori McKenna sat down to write “Happy People” a few years ago, I’m guessing they had no idea how much the world would need to hear it in 2020. Especially with lyrics like, Life is short and love is rare/And we all deserve to be happy while we’re here.
The song was originally recorded by Little Big Town for their 2017 album The Breaker. But Whitters had her reasons for putting her own version out into the world right now with a colorful, animated video to bring it to life.
“This song has always felt like a step-by-step guide to happiness. I wanted the visual to be bright and colorful to match the character of the record, as well as accessible to both children and adults,” Whitters said in a press release. “My friend Drew Wittler did the animation and he sprinkled Easter eggs throughout of my musical imprint and Iowa upbringing.
“My aim is to take viewers on a walk through my ‘happy place,’” she said, “and hopefully remind them of their own along the way.”
After just one listen, I’m already there.
Watch Little Big Town’s video for the song here: