Brett Eldredge is modest about being called the Frank Sinatra of country music, but the country singer is certainly on the up and up.
The 30-year-old rising star has already made a name for himself with hits like "Drunk On Your Love." He was also recently nominated for the ACM Male Vocalist of the Year. Now, Eldredge is getting ready to go on tour for a second time with Keith Urban. He talked with CBS News about the tour and how he's staying in shape on the road with Beachbody.
Can you tell us how a guy from Illinois fell into country music?
I'm from a little town called Paris, Illinois. And its a very tiny town of about 8,838 people the last time I saw ... It's just a real small town with nothing but farming, corn fields, live stock and that's it. And that's the culture there. I grew up singing all different kinds of music, but the lyrics of country music just spoke to who I was. And the fact that I could mix my kind of soulful bluesy vibe with these country lyrics and this genre just fit so well.
Now I'm somehow one of the people that thousands of people go screaming about in the crowds. It's so strange to me but I love it.
It really is thousands. It's so fascinating how devoted and loyal country fans are to the genre.
Yeah. Country fans are in it for life. I've sang in empty venues before and it wasn't fun. But there are always easily one or two people there who want to hear what you want to sing. And that's what it's all about; it's about connecting with somebody. We have loyal, real, true people and it's an amazing thing to watch and be a part of.
You connect pretty frequently with your fans via social media. Have any fun or wild stories of meeting or connecting with fans?
My big trend right now is fans trying to find me wherever they go so they can get in my Snapchat story. I see people try to get in it and it's so funny. I made a public account to start being my crazy self and it just took off. They just watch me be a goofball which is what I love, I'm just really being me and I guess people love that. I want to be 100 percent me at all times. The fact that my fans have allowed me to do that and are proud enough for me to do that -- I'm just like well, I guess I'll just keep being a dork.
Just keep having fun.
Yeah, just keep having fun. Too many people take life too seriously. I mean when it comes down to it, you just gotta share the adventures with your friends, family and fans and just laugh at life. Have fun with it.
Your music sort of speaks to that as well. It's all very much feel-good music.
Yeah. That's partially why I wrote "I Wanna Be That Song," because that's what I want to do with my music. I want to be that song that, you know, makes you cry when you need to cry, makes you laugh when you need to laugh. I just want it to be real. I want to be that part of your life that you look back, hear the song and you say "I'll never forget where I was standing when I heard that."
You said on Twitter that song was the "most favorite one that you've ever written." Why is that? That's a pretty big statement for a musician.
Yeah. It's pretty interesting to depict one song as your favorite. But that one just says everything I want to say in a song. It's the most romantic way to paint a picture of love through music and through a song and through the power a song has. I think that's the most romantic way I could ever put it to tell someone that you meant that much to somebody. And I want to mean that much to somebody. Not only in love but also as fans. That's what I live to write songs for.
How do you feel about people calling you the Frank Sinatra of country music?
Well there will never be another Frank. [Laughs.]But I love to sing that stuff and have always loved the era that he came up in. He was cool without having to be cool. Every word he said, I believed it. Every phrase he says takes you to a place and to a journey, it's so effortless. I'm never going to be as smooth as him but to be even kinda compared to him, I'll gladly take that any day.
What are you most looking forward to doing on your tour with Keith Urban?
Keith Urban and I went on tour a couple years ago before really everything took off. It was one of the best learning experiences as a performer and as a person, going on tour with him. When he came and said I want you to come back out and have the big slot up here with me, I thought if I already had an amazing experience then I don't even know what's going to happen now. So I'm just riding high. It couldn't come any quicker, I'm just ready to get up on stage and travel the country and sing songs.
Do you feel any different this time around going on tour with him than before?
Yeah. I definitely I feel like a much more experienced and stronger performer. I learned a lot from being on that first tour with him, so I feel like I can now really show him what I can do.
How did your partnership with Beachbody come to be?
I've worked with Beachbody workouts before just as a workout on the road. This one [Beachbody's 22 minute workout craze] was a new one that only took 22 minutes. Sometimes I only have 22 minutes, so I tried it out and loved it. This partnership makes so much sense because it speaks to what I do for a living. Now that I have this going it's leaps and bounds better, and I just feel better onstage. I feel like I'm ready to take on the day.
Beachbody is giving fans the chance to meet Brett Eldredge during his summer tour.