Drew Baldridge’s music career faced some turbulence after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in 2020. He had just started making a name for himself. Then, within a few short weeks, all his concerts were canceled. In a recent interview, he told PEOPLE that because of that, he was living on his credit cards.
“It was a very, very scary time,” he recalled. But the experience gave him a new perspective on life, and he realized he should take more chances—he should have more fun and appreciate everything he’s been given.
Then this year, a chance encounter gave him an opportunity of a lifetime.
Drew Baldrige added some interesting stops to his Baldridge & Bonfires tour this year. After throwing out an idea on Instagram, he started playing concerts in fans’ backyards.
After playing one such concert, someone wanted to thank him for the unique experience by inviting him to skydive with the US Army’s Golden Knights.
Baldridge recounts feeling honored to be invited to tag along with the army. “I’m very thankful for what those guys sacrifice for us, so when they gave me this invite, the least I could do was dive in. And it was really special.”
Drew Baldridge Jumps with The US Army
Even though sky diving had been on his bucket list for some time, going through with the jump was terrifying. The She’s Somebody’s Daughter crooner said the climb to 13,000 feet gave him a lot of anxiety.
“We got up to 3000 feet, and I started thinking, ‘okay, this is about where we are going to jump from.’ And they said, ‘no Drew, we’re going to 13,000 feet.’ And I was like, ‘oh my gosh.” The jump was almost canceled due to cloud cover, but luckily the skies cleared and he was able to cross the skydiving off of his bucket list.
Baldridge admitted that the scariest part of the whole experience was watching the doors open and then looking down. “Your feet are dangling off and then you put your toes right on the edge and you think to yourself…I can’t believe I’m about to do this. But then you do, and it’s the coolest thing ever.”
And a close second was opening the parachute.
But Baldridge knew he was in good hands. “The guy behind me was like, ‘We’ve got to do a thousand skydives to get in this program, and so I felt really safe.”
Now that Drew Baldridge has both his feet on the ground, he said he’s planning on continuing his Baldridge & Bonfires tour—meaning he’ll be giving more and more fans their own experience of a lifetime.
“We have played over 150 shows in people’s backyards around the country over the past year,” he said. “There’s been times I’ve played 20 shows in a row. I’m just trying to say yes to as many as I can, but, you know, it’s pretty impossible when you get thousands of messages.”