Brett Eldredge - Brett Eldredge
  • Genre: Country
  • Release Date: 2017-08-04
  • Explicitness: notExplicit
  • Country: USA
  • Track Count: 12

Brett Eldredge

Brett Eldredge

Some life-changing moments are only apparent in retrospect. Brett Eldredge recognized his as it was happening. The Paris, IL, native was visiting Nashville for the first time early in his sophomore year at Chicago's Elmhurst College. He was at the Station Inn, an historic bluegrass/country venue where many of the greats of both worlds have played. His cousin Terry, a veteran of Dolly Parton's band and now a member of the Grascals, was playing with a band called the Sidemen, and a mesmerized Brett was in the crowd. There was something so real and truthful about the songs they were playing, he says. “What happened next came as a shock.” He asked me to come up on stage and told me to pick a song to play with the band, says Brett. I said, 'Amarillo By Morning,' and when I heard that fiddle intro, chills shot up my spine. I sang it for the crowd there and it was a magical experience. That was the point where I thought, 'This is it. This is something I've got to do.' By the start of the next school year, he had transferred to Middle Tennessee State University and begun the round of writers' nights and writing appointments that led him eventually to a record deal. The talent that let him turn that dream into reality—the depth of his writing and the sheer power of his smoky and expressive baritone—are both apparent in his first single. Raymond is the poignant tale of a nursing home employee mistaken by a patient with Alzheimer's for her deceased son, who was killed at war. It is a song whose inspiring reaffirmation of their mutual humanity is affecting listeners deeply. The single rings true for Eldredge as his Grandmother currently struggles through the disease. There are a lot of things I'll play live where people will say, 'I like that,' or 'That's a really cool song,' Brett says, but when I do this one, I get the chance to tell people how special a thing it's been in my life, and it always touches someone. A lot of people know someone with Alzheimer's and people react in a really emotional way to it. Brett has earned a reputation as much for the strength of his writing as for his world-class voice. He and co-writer Pat McLaughlin landed a song called I Think I've Had Enough on Gary Allan's latest album, Get Off On The Pain, and one of his frequent collaborators is Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry stalwart Bill Anderson. He's one of my favorite people to write with, says Brett. I love the fact that he believes in country music so much, because it's something I really believe in. My dream, as I find my place in country music, is one day to be an Opry member. Brett heard all kinds of music growing up, and became a particular fan of the classic pop singers he heard in his grandfather's car. I heard a lot of Frank Sinatra, who is still a favorite of mine, and Ray Charles and Bobby Darin, he says. When my mother convinced me to sing 'Mack The Knife' at a talent show, I got hooked on singing in public. That was in Paris, a town of 9,000 with cornfields and factories and lake right in the middle. Brett, his older brother and his parents—a traveling grain salesman and a nurse—lived on the lake and, says Brett, We were on the water every day, from the time I was so little they could pull me on water skis in a paddle boat until I left for college at 18. Sports were a big part of his life, and he played basketball, baseball and football in high school. He also sang everywhere he could, often the Big Band music of Sinatra, earning spending money and learning to work a stage. His appreciation for country music became a passion when he turned 16 and he and a friend rode around listening to a Brooks & Dunn greatest hits album. There was something about it that just struck me, he says. I couldn't get enough of it. Ronnie Dunn is one of my favorite singers of all time—I love the soul in his voice—and one of the main reasons I got into this in the first place. Brett spent two years in Chicago, where his older brother lived, performing with a school jazz band and with a Big Band around the region. One of the coolest gigs, he says, was at the Field Museum, I was singing in front of a 12-piece band under this huge Tyrannosaurus Rex statue near some mammoths. It was quite the experience. Then came that fateful visit to Nashville and his transfer to MTSU. He studied classic country stylists like Ray Price and George Jones, and later Vince Gill, absorbing everything he could. I was driving back and forth Nashville every day from Murfreesboro, which is thirty miles away, he says. I had a guitar Terry had given me, which was originally a gift from Dolly, and I'd pretty much lock myself in my room and make myself learn songs. I would play writers' nights all around Nashville. There might be two people, there might be 40 or 50. I'd go play my songs and see what people liked and what they didn't. I'd screw up royally in front of them, but I learned. He earned a degree, which, he says, made Mom and Dad happy, and then I moved on to what I really wanted to do. A staff writer for hit producer/publisher Byron Gallimore heard him at a writers' night and introduced him to Byron, who signed him. I wrote for about two years, developing my craft and writing with everyone I could. In the beginning, Byron just let me kind of find myself, because that takes a while. As you write more you starting homing in on what you sound good on. Eventually, Byron said, 'You've got something here' and we went in and started cutting songs. We did a showcase, and Carole Ann Mobley from Warner Music Nashville said, 'We've gotta sign this kid'. Mobley and Craig Kallman then signed Brett to Atlantic Records, making him the first official signing for the new imprint. As he worked with his band tightening his show, he was offered a particularly gratifying gig. I opened for Blake Shelton at The Ryman and it was the coolest experience. I flew back from this house gig and all of a sudden I'm thrown into playing the Mother Church of Country Music, something I always dreamed of doing. I was operating on almost no sleep, but stepping out on that stage where everybody who's anybody in country music has been meant the world to me. He remains active in sports, playing basketball and volleyball and playing on an intramural softball team in Nashville, and rooting for the Cubs and Bears. Meanwhile, he is dedicated to improving his craft. As a songwriter, he says, my aim is to portray a little bit of me and my life along with the stories of other people and turn them into something that can really touch somebody's heart and soul. We sit down on Music Row every day and write songs and every once in a while a song like ‘Raymond’ comes from such a real place. I hope it's that real to other people and that I can make them feel the way I felt when I wrote it and when I sing it. Judging from audience reaction, that’s exactly what he’s doing. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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  • Best work yet

    5
    By mandapanda243
    Brett Eldredge has been slowly becoming a favorite of mine through the years, and seeing him develop this much as an artist has me thrown (in only the best way). There is not a single song on this album that i don’t love and I could probably listen to it nonstop. Amazing work 💜
  • EVERY SINGLE SONG on EVERY SINGLE ALBUM is STELLAR. ALWAYS!

    5
    By SangWriter
    I don’t know why I think I’ll listen to each song on a new Brett Eldredge album and I’ll probably buy 3 or 4 songs. Then EVERY SINGLE TIME I buy the ENTIRE ALBUM. Brett is just incapable of putting out an OK album. EVERY SINGLE SONG on EVERY SINGLE ALBUM is stellar from the first song to the last. When you buy one of his you get your money’s worth and then some. Just save yourself some time and buy the whole thing.
  • Amazing!

    5
    By Pamela11485
    Every album keeps getting better! I swear the man could sing the phone book and I would be happy!
  • Well done

    5
    By AmberSingleton2222
    Another great album by Brett. Has a new heartfelt feel that’s needed in music right now. It’s got it’s own lane.
  • Great voice, album’s ok....

    4
    By Sachihan
    Love Brett and was excited for the release of this album. After hearing it a couple time round, it’s grown on me, but I didn’t like it as much as Illinois. Some of the songs (Crystal Clear, No stopping you, Brother) seem pretty blasé bgm that I can really get into. The clear winners for me are Cycles, Castaway, The long way, and Haven’t met you as Brett’s voice makes me feel like snuggling up to a fire. The general feel from this album isn’t stronger than the last, but it’s got some definite #1s.
  • I love Brett!!!

    5
    By WTaggie
    He is such a great person with an amazing voice! I follow him on Snapchat and I have fell in love with him and Edgar! 😍 this album is truly amazing!!!
  • My Favorite album

    5
    By Blalock7
    Brett isn’t only a refreshing voice in a crazy world nowadays, he shows his love for his fans on a more personal level, which many don’t seem to do anymore unless you pay outrageous prices for meet and greets..Many of us would love to do that, but just do not have the funds, have a spouse who’s Health requires all of our money, etc... Brett steps so close to that personal touch Thru snapchat, instagram, and bed head jams..Who cannot love that voice at bedtime. Brett, you sir, are what Country truly is. Love Shan from Tx
  • Best yet

    5
    By Shahdjdocksjxijshhendic
    Hands down this is your best album 😍 The Reason is probably my favorite, please go on your own tour soon!
  • Epic!!!!!

    5
    By Musicisforever88
    Ever since I purchased this CD on my birthday, I couldn't stop listening to this album.. From top - bottom, the songwriting, production & arangment is on point. My favorite song from this album is "The Reason" it has a nice soulful vibe to ir. I couldn't stop listening to this album, in my opinion this is one of my favorite Country album that I have enjoyed this year. Looking forward to new and amazing music in the years to come from him!!
  • 😍

    5
    By CoolKate10
    😍can't stop listening to this album

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