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article imageInterview with country singer Brett Eldredge: 'Don't Ya' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Mar 26, 2013 in Entertainment
On March 25, 2013, Atlantic Nashville recording artist Brett Eldredge chatted via telephone with Digital Journal. He opened up about his latest single “Don’t Ya” and being a part of Taylor Swift’s “Red Tour.”
His newest single “Don’t Ya,” which is featured on his upcoming debut album, is already a Top 40 hit on country radio. “That feels good. I started to play it for the fans and it has received a great reaction live. It is doing really well and I am having a great time with it,” he said.
His music video for the up-tempo “Don’t Ya” was directed by Mason Dixon and it premiered worldwide on March 18. “The video was really fun to shoot. I was able to let loose and have fun. I had a bunch of friends from college so it was a fun experience. I had a beautiful girl in the video that was playing tricks on my mind the entire time and I was spending time trying to figure out what she was doing. It was like a game of cat and mouse. By the end, I was trying to figure out if I could catch her or not,” he said with a laugh.
On his inspiration to co-write this tune, Brett remarked, “I was at a summer festival and my band and I noticed this girl that was looking at us. Everybody noticed her and there was something about her. She looked away and we thought she was being tricky. We got in the bus and we headed home and I wrote a song about that experience two days later.”
Presently, Brett is opening for global sensation Taylor Swift on her “Red Tour” which commenced in Omaha, Nebraska on March 13. “It has been a lot of fun,” he acknowledged. “I got to spend my birthday this weekend with Taylor Swift, so that was special. Her crew that is out on the road with her is absolutely awesome and her show is one of a kind. It has been a great experience and exposure for me. Her fans are so passionate and it has been a great opportunity.”
His debut single, the emotional tune “Raymond,” peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot Country Airplay Charts. It tells the story of a woman who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and he noted that he was inspired to write it by his own grandmother. “I knew my grandmother had Alzheimer’s and I wrote it with a songwriter that I hadn’t met before. I told him about my grandmother and the story was so real to both of us. The song came out in the most natural and real way,” the Illinois native said.
Particularly impressive about Brett is that he is an avid supporter of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
Throughout his career, Brett has co-written songs for such artists as Trace Adkins, Gary Allan, Jake Owen and Neal McCoy and he has shared the stage with such country talents as Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and living legend Willie Nelson. “Blake Shelton has been great to me and he is a great friend. He allowed me to open for him on his first major headlining show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville which is the coolest thing in the world. We have been friends ever since and he has been a great supporter of my music,” he said. “One of my favorite moments was when I did a sound-check with Willie Nelson and I came across his guitar, which is one of the most famous guitars in the world. He was such a great guy and he is very passionate and he cares about his fans. Those are the musicians that you get to learn from.”
Brett revealed that he would love to someday collaborate with Taylor Swift or Miranda Lambert and he noted that he is a fan of such traditional female country vocalists as Lee Ann Womack and Patty Loveless. “Lee Ann is one of my favorite singers of all time and I got to meet Patty Loveless and hang out with her at a Miranda concert and she is really cool,” he shared.
For more information on Brett Eldredge and his music, visit his official website.
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