Brett Eldredge has released his highly anticipated fifth studio album, Sunday Drive.
The record has been a long time coming for Eldredge, whose last full-length was his 2017 self-titled album. In the interim, the Paris, Illinois songwriter did some deep soul-searching.
“I got to a certain point where I felt like I wasn’t giving enough of myself and it took a lot of self-awareness to finally realize that if I do have more in me, then I’ve got to step up and take that step off the edge,” Eldredge said of his three-year break in a statement. “I had to let go of worrying about where my music is going to hit on the chart and worry more about where it’s going to hit in your heart.”
“I knew I had to do things differently this time,” he added. “I didn’t even listen to the radio for a year because I didn’t want to know what music somebody else was making. Not because I don’t care, but because I had to figure out what I needed to say for myself. By making sure I wasn’t being influenced by anything other than what my heart was saying, I was able to write what I wanted to, which was important. […] Stepping away from the world gave me a superpower: the vulnerability I needed to tell my story.”
Sunday Drive was produced by Ian Fitchuk and Daniel Tashian, the same pair behind Kacey Musgraves’ 2018 Grammy-winning album, Golden Hour. The 12-track project includes the title track, as well as previously released songs “Where the Heart is,” “Crowd My Mind” and the lead single, “Gabrielle.”
Stream Sunday Drive below: