In 2016, singer-songwriter Cole Bradley made the move to Nashville and in the 4 years since he has graduated from Nashville's Belmont University, played at the Bluebird Cafe and had opening slots for the likes of Thomas Rhett, Brett Kissel and LANCO. More recently, Cole released his latest single - the upbeat "Love Made Me" - at the start of September and the accompanying music video (directed by Oliver Bayard) at the start of October. Since getting its debut on The Boot, the video has been viewed over 23,000 times on YouTube. This week we caught up with Cole to find out more about the early success of the video and his plans as we head towards 2021.
1. With this being your first release of the year, how does it feel to have new music out? It’s exciting! I have written and recorded a ton of new music over the last few years and I’m so stoked that people are finally hearing some of it. I’ve written almost 300 songs since I have moved to Nashville, so it was great with this release to give people a little taste of what I have been working on. “Love Made Me” felt like the perfect song to release first this year as it’s incredibly fun, upbeat, and super relatable to so many people.
2. What was it like recording the music video? Recording the video was such a blast – and I think when people watch it, they can see how much fun we have had creating it! Our director Oliver Banyard came up with an incredible script that allowed us to portray the song in a very honest way while also showing off our personalities. Everyone involved in the video is a friend or part of my family – so it was incredibly comfortable to shoot, and we had a riot!
3. With the video having picked up 24,000 hits in the first three week, how has the response been to it? I’m happy the music video has had a great response so far! “Love Made Me” has a more “classic country” feel than anything else I have put out before and I think a lot of people really like the new direction. As for the video, a lot of people have enjoyed how relatable and authentic it is. I think the way we portray ourselves in the video connects with a lot of people who have ever fallen “head over heels in love” before.
4. With an EP coming next year, what can we expect from it? Without giving too much away, it is incredibly honest. It comes from a very sincere place. There is a little bit of a story behind it and I believe that it will touch anyone who has had a “rollercoaster life experience” in their early 20’s. The EP has some high energy party songs but also shows some vulnerability at times - some would say it has “a little bit of everything” just like the past few years of my life. I’ll leave it at that for now, but I am so excited to share this piece of my life with everyone!
5. If you could go back to the day you moved to Nashville, what advice would you give yourself? I love this question. The advice I would give to my eighteen-year-old self would be to take care of the music. The music is why I moved to Nashville in the first place. This business can be crazy and at times very frustrating, but I would tell that eighteen-year-old kid to always focus on the creative side of the music. I used to get really wrapped up in the stress of the business and there were days I forgot why I was still pursuing this dream. But I always came around and I usually started by picking up my guitar. I feel like I am way more mature and focused now than when I was starting out my career.