Brett Eldredge Announces ‘Sunday Drive’ Album and Releases ‘Gabrielle’
Brett Eldredge announced his fifth studio album, Sunday Drive. Over the last two years, he reexamined his life and took a break from social media to get back to the basics. Along with the announcement of the record, he debuted the first single off the album, “Gabrielle.”
Eldredge sought out producers who shared his vision. His search led him to Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk, the GRAMMY-winning duo behind Kacey Musgrave’s Golden Hour. A visit together to his hometown of Paris, IL preceded weeks holed up in Chicago’s intimate Shirk Studios, where Sunday Drive came to life. The new Warner Music Nashville album, due July 10. Those who pre-order the album will immediately download three tracks: “Crowd My Mind,” “Where the Heart Is” and piano-driven lead single “Gabrielle.”
“I think you have to give yourself permission to do anything in life, to be brave a little bit,” Brett said. “I got to a certain point where I was doing something in repetition and it was all really good… but I felt like I wasn’t giving enough of myself. It took a lot of self-awareness to finally realize that if I do really have a lot more in me, then I’ve got to step up and I’ve got to take that step off the edge. And I think enough time of doing it the same way made me realize it’s time to do it big.”
It was only when he found the way to blend his acclaimed voice and strong midwestern values with a deepened sense of self and naturally matured sound did Eldredge feel ready to share his next chapter of music with the world. Sunday Drive pairs the hit-making songwriter with past collaborators like Ross Copperman, with whom he has penned multiple chart-topping, Platinum-certified singles, on songs such as “Crowd My Mind.” The jazz-tinted ballad is laced with nostalgia as Eldredge and Copperman’s lyrics describe the feeling of missing a loved one. The album’s other instant download, “Where The Heart Is” (Eldredge, Jessie Jo Dillon, Tyler Johnson), offers a different take on reflection in an acoustic, mid-tempo monologue.
To coincide with new music, Eldredge will be launching his first-ever official fan club, The Locals. Named for his love of traveling “like a local” and wanting to curate a space that feels like home, The Locals will be a go-to place for fans to receive news, music and more before the general public. To sign up or to learn more, visit thelocals.bretteldredge.com.