Country singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Eldredge discussed the Nashville music scene, the story behind his hit single "Don't Ya," and his upcoming debut album, among other topics.
"I've been writing since I moved to Nashville. I got to take all these songs and narrow them down to 12 and put them out there for the world," said Eldredge. "It's a cool feeling and now that I have it pretty much recorded I can't wait for everyone to hear it."
After moving to Nashville after college, Illinois native Eldredge began writing songs with country singers such as Bill Anderson, Gary Allen and Rhett Akins, the latter with whom he co-wrote "Thirsty" from 2010's Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). In 2010 Eldredge released his first single, "Raymond," which peaked at No. 23 on Billboard's Country Songs chart. Eldredge followed with 2011's "It Ain't Gotta Be Love" and 2012's "Don't Ya." "Don't Ya," which peaked in the Top 50 on Billboard's Country Songs chart, will be featured on Eldredge's untitled debut album, set for release in 2013. Eldredge is currently on tour in the United States with dates scheduled through June.