Brett James fell in love, and three years later, out popped an album. OK, it wasn’t that straightforward, but it surely wasn’t that tough, both.

“Melody is her identify,” James tells Style of Nation of his fiancee throughout a mid-week March telephone name. “She’s additionally a deep soul and an actual musical human. She doesn’t make music however she’s received wonderful style in music.”

I Am Now, the primary of two James EPs anticipated in 2020, is a slice of the place the famed songwriter is now, and he is in love. After a profession made writing hits for Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and lots of extra (a complete of 500 cuts with 25 No. 1 songs), the 50-year-old is permitting himself a bit of self-importance. “Wait” is a uncommon lyric he’ll boast about.

“I wrote this music sitting on the sofa I’m sitting on now with the guitar I’m sitting subsequent to,” he says, calling from his house close to Nashville.

“In all probability an ‘A’ sound got here out and it changed into the phrase ‘wait,'” he provides, laughing. “It was in all probability that a lot forethought that went into it, but it surely felt good.”

Yep, that is James word-polishing one of many finer songs on a dynamic, private, creatively crafted EP.

Diamonds take stress / Fireplace makes gold / It make take perpetually / The treasures to carry,” he sings over a jazzy waltz that options beautiful fret work by guitarist Andrew Deroberts.

“Good takes endurance / Magnificence takes time / Wine finds its sweetness / A few years off the vine / So I wait … on your love.”

When you weren’t studying this interview on Style of Nation, and James wasn’t know for writing nation songs, it might be exhausting to pin it to a single style. Certainly, he is pressed bodily copies of the album for media and since that is what Triple A radio prefers, and it is there he is pushing songs just like the title observe.

James wrote 4 of the 5 songs by himself, and admits it is a lot more durable that means. A very good collaborator might help you retain a lyric you are uncertain of, making the method much less fraught. James was additionally concentrating on timeless.

“Your subject material is a bit of bit restricted whenever you’re older,” he says. “You possibly can’t write about your highschool girlfriend. Folks don’t purchase that.”

Certainly, songs of vans, bonfires and nation cuties sound creepy from a person sufficiently old to be the daddy to a rustic cutie. So that you write about love in methods not but considered and when you possibly can, you sneak in a music about your youngsters. That is what “True Believer” is.

“I will be your true believer / The key place you disguise / Your promise, by no means leaver / I am all the time in your facet,” he sings.

When pressed, James admits he penned the music with all 4 of his youngsters in thoughts (three boys, age 22, 20 and 16 and a daughter who’s 19) however he solely despatched it to his daughter. It is a transferring sentiment from father to daughter, one you may cry listening to if positioned properly in a daddy-daughter film.

Her response?

“I don’t suppose she shed a tear about it, that’s not my daughter,” James says, laughing. “However I’ll say she loves it.”

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