Country Newcomer Brett Eldredge Named CMT's "Next Big Thing"

Atlantic Records newcomer Brett Eldredge – with his distinctive country sound and powerhouse vocals – has already started quite a buzz with his debut single, “Raymond,” out this week. CMT deems Eldredge as their “Next Big Thing” – an extension of CMT’s “Big New Music Weekend” which will air his emotional and powerful video for “Raymond” worldwide on Friday, October 1st. In addition, Eldredge will perform at “For the Love of George,” a benefit for the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America hosted tonight from 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Sambuca in Nashville, Tenn.
“Raymond,” written by Brett Eldredge and Brad Crisler, follows the story of a relationship between a young man and an elderly patient at a nursing home who has Alzheimer’s Disease. The woman mistakes the man as her son, affectionately calling him Raymond. The lyrics are an extremely personal journey for Eldredge, as he wrote the song after speaking with his grandmother who suffers from dementia.
“On my way to my writing session that day, I was really bummed out. All I could think about was the conversation I had with my dad the night before. He told me how my grandmother had progressively gotten worse and she had begun to forget who some of our family members were,” Eldredge recalls. “I was not feeling up to writing and had nothing prepared to write about. I’m not usually one to talk about personal family life the first time I write with someone, but for some reason it just started pouring out. I learned that Brad led hymns in nursing homes, just as I did growing up. We had a real connection and the song just flowed out like never before. I guess we wrote this song as a way to find comfort with the whole situation.”
CMT “Big New Music Weekend” premieres on Friday, October 1st and will debut nine music videos, including “Raymond,” from various artists on CMT, CMT PURE and “Raymond” will begin its rotation on Friday at all CMT outlets. Beginning October 5, the video for “Raymond” will be available for purchase through all digital retailers.
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