Cole Swindell has already generated a lot of attention over the course of his short career, scoring number one hits with songs such as “Chillin’ It” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.” With another album planned for release in the close future, the reigning ACM New Artist of the Year is sure to get even more recognition, especially for his new single, “You Should Be Here.”
Written by Swindell and Ashley Gorley, “You Should Be Here” is a song about mourning the loss of someone who should be there for important moments in a person’s life. It’s a feeling that Swindell knows all too well since his father, William, passed away unexpectedly in 2013, just a few months before the release of his debut album.
“It’s not like anything I’ve written before,” said Swindell in a press release. “I’m extremely proud this is the first single from my next album. I think anyone can relate to this song for so many different reasons because we’ve all had moments that we wished someone special could have shared with us.”
As touching as the song is on its own, its newly-released music video only adds to its emotional tone.
The video was shot in Swindell’s hometown of Glennville, Georgia, and opens with one of Swindell’s last phone calls to his father. During the phone call, Swindell tells his father about signing a record deal with Warner Music Nashville to make the debut record his father never got to hear.
The rest of the video is comprised of different scenes from the most exciting parts of Swindell’s career so far, including when he received the ACM award for New Artist of the Year.
Toward the end of the video comes the most emotional scene, when Swindell stops by the cemetery to visit his father’s grave for the first time. He’s completely overcome with emotion when he sees his father’s headstone, falling down to his knees in front of the grave.
Yahoo Music was the first to debut Swindell’s new video, which you can watch below.
You’ll want to keep some tissues nearby, because this one is definitely a tearjerker.
Video Premiere: Cole Swindell Debuts Touching ‘You Should Be Here’ https://t.co/IiP84kjE5I
— Yahoo Music (@YahooMusic) December 14, 2015