Entertainment Music Country Why Brett Eldredge Got Into Writing: I Love 'Seeing People Laugh or Cry or Blush' to My Songs "It's a dream," the musician says By Sarah Michaud Sarah Michaud Instagram Sarah Michaud is the senior news editor of PEOPLE's music vertical. She has been with the brand for close to 15 years, holding various roles across the digital news team before focusing on music. In 2021, Sarah won the CMA media achievement award for her coverage of country music. She earned a bachelor's degree in sociology, social work and English and resides outside of Boston. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 4, 2016 04:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Courtesy Front and Center Why’d Brett Eldredge start writing songs? For himself – and the fun of other people’s reactions. “Seeing people laugh or cry or blush or throw crazy things on stage to your song – that’s why I got into music,” the singer, 29, says in an exclusive clip from Front and Center, Public Television’s critically acclaimed music series, which recently aired its sixth season. “I remember going to tapings like this when I was just moving to Nashville and thinking, ‘Woah, it would be cool just to have one song that people are singing back.’ And now to be able to be a part of this and have several songs and the people I wrote these songs with here – it’s a dream.” Joined by songwriters Scooter Carusoe, Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas and Heather Morgan, Eldredge performed their hits “Beat of the Music,” “Mean to Me,” and “Don’t Ya,” along with his current Top 5 single, “Drunk on Your Love.” “He’s just really good at knowing his sound and what he wants to say,” Carusoe says of Eldredge. “I found anybody that sings that great is just so gifted with melody. The melodies just ooze out of him and you’re just chasing the lyric, it seems like.” In addition to Eldredge’s show, Front and Center‘s latest season features Darius Rucker, Ronnie Dunn, Kip Moore and Steven Tyler in four new CMA Songwriters Series episodes, available now.