Taylor Swift's former backup singer is launching her own career with 'STFU & Hold Me'

By Nolan Feeney
September 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT

It’s hard to ignore a song title like “STFU & Hold Me,” but Liz Huett doesn’t need eye-catching expletives to get your attention.

The singer — who cut her teeth singing backup for Taylor Swift on tour for three and a half years — earned a spot on EW’s Must List earlier this summer with her debut single, which fuses the melodies and storytelling of country music (the California native moved to Nashville after high school) with the slick sheen and force of radio-friendly pop (she co-wrote the song with the Futuristics, the production duo behind recent hits from Selena Gomez and Machine Gun Kelly). “‘STFU & Hold Me’ is about wanting your significant other to just be there for you, no matter how difficult the challenges may be,” says Huett, who’s readying an EP.

Now, she’s sharing the song’s official music video, which was shot all over Southern California with director Frank Borin and is premiering exclusively on EW today. “The road trip concept of the video came from a real spontaneous adventure I shared with someone in our relationship ‘sweet spot’ — right after we fell in love and before it unraveled. With the song being so lyrically raw, I thought it would be cool to have the visual convey that romantic, reckless energy too.”

Watch the “STFU & Hold Me” video above.