Earlier than you even hear Brett Younger‘s first tender phrases on his new single, “Woman,” you hear one thing else: the regular rhythm of his daughter Presley‘s fetal heartbeat, recorded throughout a physician’s go to when Younger’s spouse, Taylor, was simply two months pregnant.
“Yeah, she was somewhat musician earlier than she knew it,” Younger, chuckling, tells PEOPLE solely.
However then it’s solely becoming that Presley will get to upstage Dad somewhat since it’s, in any case, a tune that she impressed.
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“I at all times knew I might need to write songs for my youngsters,” says the 39-year-old artist — however this tune, launched Friday, is way more than that. It’s additionally a love letter to his spouse, an expression of hope that his daughter will in the future observe within the footsteps of the girl he calls “Woman.”
And never within the Jerry Lewis “Hey, Laaaaadeeeee” manner, Younger is fast to set straight. It’s really one in all his affectionate nicknames for Taylor — “form of a joke between me and my spouse,” he says — so it was solely pure, when the couple discovered they have been having a woman, that Younger started calling their unborn daughter “Little Woman.”
He introduced that snippet of an concept into the songwriters’ room final July with Jon Nite and Ross Copperman, and as soon as they landed on the idea, the method “occurred actually, actually quick,” remembers Younger, who’s simply celebrated his sixth consecutive No. 1 with “Catch.”
After Copperman labored up a fast demo, Younger drove house to share the recording along with his pregnant spouse.
“And naturally I couldn’t wait,” he remembers. “So I despatched it to her, and naturally I missed the half the place she was apparently sobbing and weeping listening to it.”
Not that the tears have ever ended. As soon as he obtained house, Younger says, they wept as they listened to the tune collectively for the primary time. “Really,” he provides, “I believe she would agree that she in all probability nonetheless will get teared up each time she hears it.”
Granting that “it’s okay for the world to know I’m a softie,” Younger confesses he isn’t a lot totally different from his spouse. “It’s troublesome to sing on stage,” he says. “I’ve to virtually go clean on objective and never take into consideration the phrases, as a result of if I do, it’s exhausting to get by way of.”
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In truth, for a time, Younger determined the tune was too private to launch to the general public. “I believed it was only a present for my spouse and daughter,” he says. However after producer Dann Huff offered him with a completed model — additionally as a child present — Younger says he realized “possibly folks want to listen to this.”
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The singer says it was his concept to incorporate Presley’s fetal heartbeat on the observe, the right accompaniment to the tune’s first line: “I bear in mind once I first heard your heartbeat.”
“Our physician mentioned, ‘Okay, you in all probability need to get your telephone out and take a video of this since you’re about to listen to a heartbeat for the primary time,” Younger remembers. “And so I videoed it in all probability a very good minute and a half. And naturally my spouse and I are speaking and crying by way of the entire thing. Fortunately, there was a protracted sufficient snippet in there the place we have been quiet, and it was simply the heartbeat.”
Backdropped by a slideshow that includes Taylor and Presley, Younger has been performing “Woman” because the setlist nearer on his “The Chapters” tour; it’s the pure spot because the tune encapsulates his newest life chapter. Although he was in a position to carry out it just a few occasions earlier than the tour was postponed in March, response has been so overwhelming, he says, that choosing it as his new single was a no brainer.
“There have been quite a lot of social media posts by individuals who’d taken movies on the reveals,” he says, “and so we have been already getting quite a lot of requests on social media from folks questioning once they have been going to have the ability to get the tune. You hope it occurs that manner — you hope the followers ask on your subsequent single — in order that was form of a lucky place to be in with this one.”
On the coronary heart of the tune is Younger’s want for his daughter to “discover ways to be a girl” identical to her mom. So what does “being a girl” imply to Younger?
“Nicely, that’s the entire level,” Younger says, laughing. “I don’t know! I’m so grateful that I’m not the one having to show that.”
Turning extra reflective, he presents a beneficiant tribute to Taylor: “If I needed to put into phrases what it means once I take a look at my spouse, I believe it’s simply endurance and sophistication and style and kindness and confidence — all these qualities that we wish for ourselves.”
Younger says he’d at all times appeared ahead to fatherhood, and but he says, as soon as Taylor turned pregnant, the concept of truly elevating one other human being additionally turned “terrifying.” However these fears (confessed within the lyrics of “Woman”), have been eased by the religion he put in his spouse.
“Figuring out that my spouse grew up nannying and realizing what she was doing and loving youngsters,” he says, “was the factor that I at all times circled again to that gave me peace.”
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Since Presley’s start six months in the past, Younger’s religion in his spouse’s items has been amply confirmed: “Every time I’m like, I don’t know what to do proper right here, I simply go, ‘Hey, babe, what’s the reply right here?’ And he or she’s at all times obtained it.”
That doesn’t imply Younger has been shirking his parental duties. “I kinda really feel responsible admitting this, however I principally get to expertise the enjoyable stuff,” he permits, “however I’m going to take credit score for this: I do change my share of soiled diapers. I’m not afraid of a full diaper!”
Presley, he says, has additionally been making parenthood straightforward. “We’ve been actually lucky along with her demeanor and her spirit,” he says, “so yeah … I don’t really feel like I’ve screwed her up but. In order that’s the excellent news.”
Although he’s lacking the stage, Younger says he’s now savoring this sudden down time along with his spouse and daughter. At the moment quarantining along with his spouse’s household in Palm Desert, California, Younger says he’s been luxuriating in witnessing Presley merely encounter life.
“She’ll stare at a ceiling fan for 15 minutes and be enthralled,” says the proud papa. “You’re continually questioning what she should be pondering. She is perhaps experiencing pleasure or she is perhaps confused. It’s simply so harmless and real and telling to the kind of little particular person she’s already changing into. When it’s your youngster, it’s actually particular to observe and see.”
So has Presley gotten her personal non-public efficiency of “Woman”? Many occasions, Younger confirms. However the Little Woman appears to have a distinct desire.
“There’s one other silly tune that I’ve made up since she was born to get her to cease crying,” he says, “and we find yourself going to that tune much more actually because it really nonetheless works to maintain her from crying.”
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The lyrics change in response to the circumstance, Younger explains, including that this one will certainly not be headed for public consumption.
No worries: There’ll certainly be extra Presley-inspired songs for followers, Younger assures. He’s additionally sure about yet another factor.
“Daddy will certainly be singing to her her entire life,” he says, “so she higher get used to that.”