VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: Country Singer Brett Kissel On ‘Drink About Me,’ Kaitlyn Bristowe & Garth Brooks
Brett Kissel, the 29-year-old Canadian country singer-songwriter, spoke to uInterview exclusively about his new single “Drink About Me,” which is off his upcoming album Now or Never.
Kissel — who is best known for tracks like “Started with a Song,” “Airwaves” and “I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair” — explained the subject of his latest single.
“‘Drink About Me’ is a song I’m really proud of,” said Kissel before admitting that country music can often be criticized for discussing the same themes in similar ways. “It’s nothing new, missing somebody so much and country music tells that story really well. But I think we put a really unique twist on a classic tale about reminiscing about the best times that someone has ever had.”
Excitingly for Kissel, his friends and former Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants Kaitlyn Bristowe and Jason Tartick were featured in the music video for “Drink About Me.” Kissel revealed his wife had the idea to include the two reality television stars, who are now a couple, in the song’s video.
“I said ‘I don’t want to cast just anybody for the video’ because nothing sucks more, to be honest, when you’ve got a lot of money sunk into this music video, you need to make sure that it is everything you want it to be,” said Kissel. “You have a male lead and a female lead and you’re hoping sparks fly, yet they’re meeting for the first time.”
Kissel added that Tartick and Bristowe both quickly voiced great excitement at being offered the chance to star in the music video and came on board almost immediately.
“It turned out to be one of the best videos I’ve ever been a part of,” the singer added.
The musician also noted that he “felt bad” for the director of “Drink About Me,” his friend and fellow Alberta, Canada native Blake McWilliam because he, Tartick and Bristowe kept laughing, making jokes and having drinks during the shooting of the video. The singer said he felt his behavior was inappropriate because the song addressed such a sad topic.
The singer also had high praise for fellow country music star Garth Brooks, for whom he opened on the two-time Grammy winner’s Dive Bar Tour earlier this year.
“He is the greatest entertainer to ever walk the face of the planet,” Kissel said of Brooks before comparing him to music legends like Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Billy Joel. “He doesn’t overplay, he doesn’t underplay, he just understands.”
“Getting a chance to watch him night after night was a dream come true,” he added before saying he also had the opportunity to play with Brooks. “You can’t write that stuff.”
Now or Never is set to be released on Jan. 1, 2020.