Brett Eldredge went to Paris to celebrate the close of his incredible year. No, not that Paris. He didn't need a fancy trip to the Eiffel Tower. A visit to his hometown of Paris, Ill., was glamorous enough.
The city recently honored their native son by celebrating Brett Eldredge Day. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and some 2,000 fans and friends showed up to be a part of the festivities and plastered the town in signs declaring Paris as the country star's hometown.
For Eldredge, the journey to the top of the country charts has not been an easy one, but he'll be the first to tell you it's been a very gratifying one, thanks to the incredible support systems he has in Paris and Nashville. They provide the encouragement and motivation he relies on to keep moving forward.
"I've got a great family and friends and management and all these people that have been behind me for a long time," Eldredge said in Nashville during a recent party celebrating his first No. 1 hit, "Don't Ya."
"And that's 100 percent the biggest part of this, this whole journey of trying to become a singer and songwriter," he continued. "Any of that, you can't do it alone. I mean, it's impossible. There's no way you can show up and do this on your own."
Thankfully, he didn't have to. He found allies in his new hometown of Nashville who believed in him.
"It was tough," he admitted. "There were so many times you questioned yourself. But I remember when I first got to town that feeling of, 'I don't care who says no to me. I don't care what I have to do. I'm gonna do it."
And he did. Eldredge looked back on 2013 as the year he scored his chart-topping single, released the hit debut album Bring You Back and even inherited the keys to the city that raised him.
So of course, he had to tweet all about it:
"They gave me a key to the city!? This is crazy! Let's go open doors and stuff! I love Paris Illinois! Thank you!"