The new single day county music event on September 1st at the famed Los Angeles venue takes a different approach than traditional music festivals and instead celebrates the tailgate culture at concerts and sports events.
Festival co-creator Melissa Carbone had this to say, "I'm such a tailgate fanatic and the more embedded I got in the culture, I realized there was a pretty unanimous sentiment among us tailgaters. The tailgate shouldn't stop when the show starts. Bring the stage truck-side sort of speak.
"People can still watch the show the traditional way, stageside, but now also have the choice of truck-side, car-side, even poolside. Yeah, I said pool. We're pulling it all out." Read morehere.
The new clip was a double homecoming for Derulo as it was filmed at The Citadelle Laferriére (a mountaintop fortress located in Nord, in his homeland of Haiti) and the city were he was raised, Miami.
Jason had this to say, "As the lyrics say, 'There's beauty in the unity we've found.' We're inundated everyday with negative news and it's hard to remain positive. That's why it's more important than ever to unite with people in your community to try and make a difference.
"As a Haitian-American, I've become more and more invested in giving back to where my family is from. To that extent, this song is a bit of a launch of plans that I am excited to reveal soon..." Watch the videohere.
The event will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on CBS beginning at 8PM ET and it will feature the very first ACM Flashbacks segment which this year will will honor three of country music's hit songs from 1993 with Toby Keith and Blake Shelton performing Keith's celebrated No.1 debut single "Should've Been a Cowboy," Alan Jackson and Jon Pardi performing Jackson's ACM Award-winning hit "Chattahoochee," and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson performing Reba's GRAMMY Award-winning hit "Does He Love You."
Additional collaborations include Kane Brown and Lauren Alaina performing the multi-platinum, No. 1 hit "What Ifs," Keith Urban and Julia Michaels performing Urban's new single "Coming Home," plus previously announced Bebe Rexha with Florida Georgia Line performing the chart-topping hit "Meant to Be." Read more
This song is one of seven songs on this album that my bandmate, bassist Mike Ivey, and I collaborated on. Mike had been divorced for several years but had not started a new relationship yet. When pressed, he confided in me that though he had let his ex-wife go, he had a hard time moving on, and that there was a big difference between letting go and moving on. He knew they had irreconcilable differences, but missed her all the same. So, we decided that was a great "hook" and story line for a song.
I sat down to write the lyrics that would capture the feelings of letting someone go, and the melancholy side of missing them all the same. I sent draft after draft to him, to which he would reply "that's not quite there, dig a deeper"....a taste of my own advice when he would be writing the lyrics to a song. (I swear he was watching a football game as I wrote and rewrote the song!!) Finally, after several drafts, we agreed that the current lyrics captured the evolution of learning to move on. Next, we had to come up with the melody that would fit the feel and mood of the song. First, we set it to a slow blues progression and it was ok, but I felt it was too generic.
Once we chose the studio to record the album at, our producer Justin Rose sent a list of studio musicians available to help with the project. After listening to Grace Lougen's guitar work, I realized that she could perform the work I had imagined. So, I contacted her before our sessions in NY and we began working on the melody by email and text. Within a few sessions she had reworked the verses into a beautiful melancholy roll that left the melody in tact, but gave it mellow "cruisy" roll. Once we arrived at the studio, it was like meeting an old friend and the song came together beautifully.
First impressions may be that it is a sad song, but its really about reflecting, on what you learned, and picking yourself up and declaring that you are moving on.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself, learn more about the album and find her upcoming live datesright here!
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