Teenaged phenom Chevel Shepherd is taking country back in time with her traditionally-minded style. And her newest video does the same.
Now 18 years old and already a former winner of NBC’s The Voice (season 15), the New Mexico native has a timeless voice that captures attention with a bit whimsical charm –“Just Like the Circus” — so her new big-top themed video is the perfect compliment.
Working with director David Dibble, Shepherd and company took over the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad in Colorado for a blast from the entertainment past. The twangy track was written by Kacey Musgraves, Shane McAnally and Ashley Arrison and features a heartbroken theme — it’s all about a guy who can’t seem to stay put — and Shepherd’s vision for the video was pretty ambitious. Her team actually built the big top circus tent and everything seen in the clip, transforming the scene using vintage props and costumes … and good-old-fashioned elbow grease.
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“This song is built on the foundations of great storytelling and I knew the first time I heard it that I had to record it,” Chevel Shepherd tells Sounds Like Nashville. “Though the song lends itself to a lot of creative options, portraying the video in 1900s vintage circus fashion added a vibrant layer to the song’s story. My director David Dibble and Durango locals logged late, long hours to build the set, design costumes and operate the train seen in the video — and ultimately help me bring the song to life.”
The song and video mark another step forward for a still-young newcomer, who previously released traditional-country throwbacks like “Everybody’s Got A Story,” and “Mama Got the Chair.” Her debut EP is expected to arrive soon, as the singer continues to work with her mentor from The Voice, Kelly Clarkson.