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"I came to Nashville, and I saw people sitting onstage at these little writers' nights playing songs that they wrote, and I was like, 'Whoa, so this is something that you actually can do for a living?'" That was Brett Eldredge's first impression of Music City. Fast forward a few good years, and he found himself on a much bigger stage -- the one he shared with Taylor Swift on her tour this summer. And when he was on the road with Swift, he told American Songwriter magazine, her fans seemed to love two of his songs the most -- "Don't Ya" and "One Mississippi."
"I'm not scared of singing my heart out," he said. "By the end of the tour, one of the most-talked-about songs was 'One Mississippi,' and I was so glad. Even little kids were singing 'one Mississippi, two Mississippi,' and it was a cool feeling.
"I remember we played that song in a Detroit stadium and [co-writer] Tom Douglas came out in the show and sat there in the crowd. It was a cool feeling to have ... thinking about the fact that we wrote this song in a room, just he and I in a studio, and now we're in a room of 50,000 people who are singing it back. That was one of the most special moments of the tour. It definitely reminds you of why you get up and write a song every day."