Brett Eldredge Reveals How Being Back Stage Helps Him Mentally

by Jacklyn Krol
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Brett Eldredge had so many emotions after performing his first concert in two years.

The country crooner headlined Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout in July. This marked his return to the stage since the COVID-19 pandemic. He told People that after his performance he couldn’t feel anything.

“It’s something I have had to learn through the years,” he explained. “How to deal with that major rush and then step away from it. I hadn’t experienced that for a couple of years. When I walked off the stage after probably playing my favorite show I’ve ever played, I’m pretty sure I was in shock. It wasn’t till the next day that I started to realize what happened that night. It was surreal.”

Eldredge originally planned to walk out on stage and begin singing immediately. Instead, he walked out onto the catwalk and began tearing up. He spoke about how beautiful and vulnerable music is to make someone potentially fall apart.

“The fact that a song has that much power gives you even more reason to go out there and put yourself out there,” he told the outlet.

He described the emotional moment as “authentic.” He added, “Just to get that love from the crowd and realize that we all had each other again — I’ll never forget that.”

How Live Music Helps Brett Eldredge

Now that live music has returned, Eldredge already announced his Good Day Tour with support from Morgan Evans. His tour is set to kick off on September 16 in Ohio and run through the fall before traveling overseas the following year.

“I know the joy and happiness that live music can bring to a lot of people, including myself and the band and everybody out there in the crowd,” Eldredge continued. “We need each other. When the music begins, nothing else matters. And that’s what music does. And that’s what we do for each other when we’re there to connect with one another through music. It’s a beautiful thing.”

The “Crowd My Mind” singer has been publicly vocal about the importance of mental health. He recently began journaling to work on himself. One of the things that he learned was that saying no to things can help in the long run.

“I’m going to pass on certain things,” he explained. “I can’t make every person happy. I got to be out there for myself so I can be there for everybody else. I’m in a really good spot with all that. I still have ups and downs all the time, but I think just knowing that there are so many people going through those kinds of things helps me. It’s changed me.”