The daring country star surprised a couple who entered a contest promising a mystery adventure with him
“Am I connected?” Brett Eldredge asked the zip-line guide he was standing with on a small wooden platform more than 50 feet above the ground in the woods in Kingston Springs, Tennessee.
The guide assured him he was, then instructed him to turn his back to the ground, let go of the rope between his harness and the line, and free fall. Eldredge grinned. “Okay. Sometimes you just have to let go, right?”
The singer let go, leaned backwards and was off, speeding through the trees with a yelp of sheer joy.
Back on the ground, Eldredge, 29, was still flying high after completing all nine of the zip-lines at AdventureWorks, about 30 miles west of Nashville.
“That one was the most scary and the most fun! The only other time I had that feeling was when I went sky diving. That leap into the air is so scary, but it’s also the time you feel most alive. You don’t want to do it, but then you do it and you feel so alive,” he said. “Sometimes you just have to let go and take the jump, the leap of faith.”
Eldredge was at AdventureWorks with Lindsay Bade and Michael Cross, two lucky fans from Rockport, Illinois, who won Muck Boot Company’s Outdoor Adventure with Brett Eldredge contest on Facebook. “I entered every day and found out we won right before Christmas,” said Bade, a mother of two with fiancé Cross. “It was the best Christmas present. We didn’t know what it would be. I thought maybe horseback riding.”
Eldredge, who says he dressed for the outdoor adventure in knee-high Muck boots, jeans and a “lumberjack-ish shirt,” laughed. “This might be a little more adventurous than horseback riding! When Muck came to us about this contest, I thought it was great because I love to share my adventure with people. I wanted to be part of picking what this would be. I thought, ‘What can we do in Nashville that would be fun and adventurous?’ There’s some adrenaline pumping stuff here when you get going at 30 mph hanging from a zip-line 90 feet above the ground!
“Adrenaline is a drug, it’s the only drug I do and it’s a great one. It’s what being on stage gives me and I live for that. So offstage, this is the closest you get. There is no place I feel more at home than on stage. It’s a high, it’s a rush. The closest to heaven, it’s a magical place. If I can match that offstage it’s like, ‘What can I do to take me to that feeling?’ That’s why I do these things.”
These “things” include celebrating his past #1 hits with skydiving (“Don’t Ya”), swimming with the sharks (“Beat of the Music”) and next up for “Mean to Me” – dinner on a table suspended from a crane 300 feet above the ground. “I’m thinking baby back ribs.”
“I became known as this adventure guy,” he says. “The skydiving thing kind of started it all. But I love taking risks and living life as fully as possible.”
His current single, “Lose My Mind,” is racing up the charts faster than a zip-line, and describes something just as exhilarating – mad love.
“It’s the craziest song I’ve ever done,” he says. “It’s about a girl who consumes you, who takes your world by storm and makes you lose your mind. You love her so much you can’t get her off your mind. All you think about while you’re zip-lining or free falling is that girl that drives you crazy. It’s fitting for stuff like this!”
So does the song come from personal experience?
“I’ve had bouts of it, times when I’ve had that big crush and think she might be the one,” says the single singer. “Who hasn’t had that crush or that feeling? It’s been a reality before. Maybe recently! But I haven’t found the deep love that I’m hoping for one day. We’ll see.”
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