The three-time Grammy winner pairs with the noted world leader on the lead single from his forthcoming 13th studio album
The acclaim Brad Paisley’s achieved in a near quarter-century country career has allowed him to become a bonafide global celebrity. Exactly how significant of a star, though?
Well, he’s renowned enough to have just paired with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on “Same Here,” the first track from his forthcoming 13th studio album “Son Of The Mountains.”
The guitar-driven ballad features a touching phone call between the two over a bridge near the song’s close.
Paisley’s relationship with Pres. Zelenskyy grew from participating in June 2022’s NBC-broadcast “Ukraine: Answering the Call” charity telethon.
Adds the Grand Ole Opry member via a press release, “the song is grounded in observing life in the United States, then to people from other countries who speak different languages and to one across the ocean that’s at war. We start to realize how similar we all are.”
“That’s one of the things the President says in the song,” adds Paisley. “There is no distance between our two countries in such values. They are longing for what we as Americans have already. It’s heartbreaking watching this struggle in modern time for freedom and democracy and the ability just simply to be who they want to be in peace.”
“This song is something that I hope resonates not only with my fans and people in America, but people anywhere that feel a similar desire to be free and safe and happy,” continues the three-time Grammy winner. “Because I really do believe that as human beings when you take away the banners that determine what country we all live in, we all want the same things.”
Proceeds from the song will go to UNITED24 for Pres. Zelenskyy’s Rebuild Ukraine program that collects charitable donations to rebuild and restore homes damaged by the current war. Their reconstruction plan is the largest rebuilding project in Ukraine since the Second World War.
Paisley’s “Son Of The Mountains” album will be his first since announcing his signing to Universal Music Group after spending the entirety of his career prior with Sony subsidiary Arista Nashville. The album is expected to arrive later in 2023.
“Son of the Mountains” is a collection of songs that I’ve been writing and working on for a while now,” shares Paisley. Encompassing “big themes and perspectives from a kid from a small town in West Virginia after having seen a bit of the world,” he adds that it will not shy away from reflection, real life and situations that are going on and what I think country music is — which is truth.”
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