By Annie Reuter
Brett Eldredge‘s latest single and music video for “Beat of the Music” was inspired by time he spent in the Bahamas years ago with his brother. The Eldredge brothers borrowed their friend’s small boat to go island hopping and feed swimming pigs (yes, swimming pigs) when they came upon a beautiful girl floating on a raft in the back of a yacht.
“We’re going to these pigs and we’ve got this bucket of slop and we’re so excited and then we see this beautiful girl floating on a raft, heaven’s light is shining on her,” Eldredge told Radio.com. “There’s no one around that area and we’re like, ‘We’ve got to go see what’s going on.’ We drive our little dinghy boat up closer and closer to see this girl and she’s right up there behind this giant yacht. Two scary guys pop up out of the giant yacht and we’re like, ‘OK, we better take this dinghy boat and go feed these pigs.'”
Watch the “Beat of the Music” prequel below.
While he never got to meet this beautiful girl, the experience was enough to inspire a song.
“I told my brother, if I were to have ever met that girl, I would have liked to write a song about how we met and falling in love to the beat of the music came up about that,” he said. “I wrote that song with a couple buddies of mine when I got back to Nashville.”
Once Eldredge recorded the song and chose it as a single, he went back to film the video from the very spot it was inspired.
“It turned out great and we pretty much followed the actual storyline of how it all happened,” he said. “It’s really cool to be able to follow the inspiration all the way from writing the song to the actual music video. Everything is completely true and real. It’s a pretty special thing.”
“Beat of the Music” follows Eldredge’s first No. 1 single, “Don’t Ya.” He’s currently nominated for the fan-voted ACM New Artist of the Year. The 49th ACM Awards, hosted again by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will be broadcast live on CBS on Sunday, April 6 starting at 8pm ET/PT.