Next up for our weekly Swag Spotlight is: Drew Baldridge. During CRS week in Nashville, Baldridge took time to chat with NYCountry Swag about his new single, his forthcoming sophomore album and his latest initiative W.E.R.D.
The first single off his next project, “Guns & Roses”, was released in September of last year. The track is not about the famous rock band, but a song written about his girlfriend. “I’m a boots-and-blue jeans kind of guy and she just like every girl, she likes to dress up and wear dresses and high heels and we just really go together just right,” he tells us. The single written with Grammy-winning songwriter and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee, Tim Nichols (“Live Like You Were Dying” and “Heads Carolina, Tails California”) and Chris Stevens who is helping to produce the new project, will be on his sophomore LP that he hopes to release in late April or early May. When talking about the vibes of the new project, Baldridge explains how he loves a good groove but also wants to remain consistent with his country lyrics.
Growing up, Baldridge was involved with a lot of missionary work as well as singing in his local church. While chasing his dreams in the music industry, there is not a ton of time for much else. “In the last couple of years I performed at 160 shows, so I can’t get out and do missionary work the way I want to. Now, I am combining both things I love,” he tells us.
W.E.R.D (Win Encourage Rejoice Daily) is a new merchandise line that will be sold at all of his shows this year with 100% of the proceeds going to charity. Highlighting a new charity each month, the #WERDoftheMonth will allow foundations and missions that not only Baldridge is passionate about but also focusing on charities his fans are passionate about to benefit from the initiative. “My goal is to reach out to my fans and if someone reaches out to me on Facebook and explains a tough situation they are going through, I want to be able to rally my fans together to help this family out we want to take donations as well and help however we can,” he says.