Academy of Country Music's New Artist of the Year Cole Swindell has had an incredible year. He made history as the only male solo artist to have his first four singles hit number one on the Mediabase/Country Aircheck charts. On December 14th, his fifth single and the first from his pending sophomore album was released. "You Should Be Here" debut at 35 on the charts last week. Swindell pinned the heart felt ballad about his father, after his sudden passing, with fellow song writer Ashley Gorley.
After a beautiful piano opening, the song begins telling stories of, "those never forget it, better stop and take it in kinda scenes." Swindell's voice is at the forefront and beautifully showcased though out. Every so often there will be a moment in country music were a song will come out that makes fans stop and listen. That song will have the right lyrics to make you feel it in your heart with every beat of the music and this is one of those moments. Swindell has said he hopes this song resonates with fans and that he believes it's just the song he moved to Nashville to write. As a fan, I can say it does just that. I lost my mom two years ago and holidays are the hardest. Having "You Should Be Here" released this holiday season was just the Christmas gift I needed to survive it. The official music video can be watched below:
The lyrics are not the only thing heartbreakingly real about his newest single. The video has actual moments from Swindell's career, his family, and his hometown. The emotional video crosses between a visit back home and various highlights of Swindell's career from the phone call to his dad about signing with Warner to his performance at the Opry. In one word it's just powerful. This single shows another side of this already extremely talented artist and has me very excited for his sophomore album.
The single is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.