For Brett Eldredge, the music video for his latest single “Wanna Be That Song” needed to be big, but also close to home. The crooner chose to shoot the clip in his home state of Illinois, within the walls of Wrigley Field.
“It’s my favorite song I’ve written up to this point, so it was important to me that the video portray what I wanted to say, and it really did,” he told PEOPLE of the clip directed by Joel Robertson. “I wanted to do a storyline that captures those big moments in your life that you never forget – that shape you into who you are. I remember as a kid saying, ‘One day I’m going to go onstage and sing in front of thousands of people’ – back when I was singing in front of 10. This video is another version of what I envisioned – and home plate brings it full circle.”
The experience of shooting in a stadium that he grew up watching baseball games in is a reality he won’t soon forget.
“I grew up three hours south of Chicago – it was always a journey to come up and we’d plan trips around it. Then I went to college in the suburbs for my first year so I spent a lot of time in the city and man, it’s like my second home. I’ve been a lifelong Cubs fan,” Eldredge added. “It’s the first music video ever shot at one of the most historical sporting facilities in the world! It was one of the most amazing experiences of my career so far.”
“I felt like I won the lottery because I was just running around there like it was my home – and that’s what it’s always felt like anyway – but we were playing like a bunch of kids out on the field. I actually did go up to the plate and I really did hit that ball in the video! It was a really cold day, but the energy and magic was there,” said the singer. “It was just special. I remember being in the dugout thinking, ‘Wow, all my heroes sat here and played the game.’ I feel like the same kid I always was in those stands and I think I always will. Looking out on that field dreaming like I used to dream, but now the dreams are coming true.”
“Wanna Be That Song” is the third single from Eldredge’s sophomore album, Illinois. It follows “Drunk On Your Love” and his No.1 smash “Lose My Mind.”