Brett Eldredge is one of country music's leading men, but he isn't influenced just by the country greats who have gone before him. The Illinois native is also influenced by R&B and jazz, which he hints might make it onto a future album.
"Somewhere down the road of course I'd love to make a [jazz] record, and I'd love to continue to make the records that I make like I do every day," Eldredge shared with PopCulture.com at a recent media event. "I'm writing for my next album already. I'm always growing and there's so many different kinds of music that feed into the music I make now. I think I'm slowly starting to already kind of show the merging of that a little bit and these are those influences."
Eldredge released the Christmas Glow album in 2016, which featured jazz-style songs of some of his most beloved carols, like "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland."
"That was a right turn in itself in a way where I just love that kind of music," Eldredge explains. "So I knew that if it's a passion of mine, if I can be honest with it – this is something that I loved growing up. I love all forms of music and this is one that made me the artist that I am in a way."
Eldredge has performed covers of some of the Big Band standards, including "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Fly Me To The Moon," and says they will always be a part of his repertoire.
"These big classic songs I love, and they make me feel something powerful," Eldredge says. "Maybe one day down the road I'll definitely make a record like that. I'm happy making the records I am now and I'll try to make every kind of record I can. I just love music and this is definitely something I feel in my heart."
Eldredge's latest single, "The Long Way" is from his eponymous fourth studio album. Download the song on iTunes.