• LABOR DAY 2019 AUDIO

    For many decades, Labor Day was seen as a day for workers to voice their complaints and discuss better working conditions and pay.

    U.S. Congress declared Labor Day a national holiday in 1894, and on Monday, September 2nd, we will once again celebrate the people in every occupation whose work and dedication make this nation great. Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers.

    Labor Day weekend also signals the unofficial end to summer, and many of the hottest country stars are taking a look back at some of the toughest jobs they had prior to making their mark in music or their dream job now.

     

    Audio / Adam Hambrick talks about one of his summer jobs when he was growing up in Arkansas.

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    Adam Hambrick (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …that summer. :41
    “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a bad job. I don’t think I had a bad job, ‘cause I actually enjoyed this job ‘cause I was actually sitting in the air conditioning all day over the summer in Arkansas. It was very monotonous, because I was spending every summer day repairing old fallen-apart medical charts in a heart clinic in Little Rock. I would take all these photos of all these records and re-sort them page-by-page and put ‘em back in the manila folder and re-alphabetize ‘em. But I did bring my computer and watch movies while I did it, so I drank a lot of soda and watched a lot of movies that summer.”

    Audio / Alan Jackson says that working man values have always been a part of his music.

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    AJ (working people songs) OC: … appreciate that. :28
    “I’ve always written songs and recorded songs, other people’s songs, about workin’ people, and workin’, the workin’ life ’cause I mean, that’s where I’m from. I mean, I worked…I’d already had jobs and worked as a grown person before I ever even thought about bein’ in the music business, so I come from that background, and…although I hadn’t had a job in a long time (laughs), I still remember a lot about it, you know, and I remember what the lifestyle is, and I still appreciate that.”

    Audio / Billy Currington recalls some of the jobs he had before landing his record deal in 2003.

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    Billy Currington (Labor Day) OC: …record deal. :40
    “I started working like at [age] 12, landscaping. This was summer, every summers, and roofing. I started when I was about 16 roofing houses, and that was probably one of my toughest jobs because down there in South Georgia, it gets hot, so doing that every day all summer long. The pawn shop when I moved to Nashville was one of my favorites, even though it was one of my least favorites. The concrete job was my least favorite of all – six years of that, and I couldn’t take it no more. After that job, that was my turning point. Either I’m going to do something else for a living [laughs] or quit and try to really focus on music and get this record deal.”

    Audio / BRANDON LAY SAYS HE’S ALWAYS ENJOYED THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.

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    Brandon Lay (Labor Day) OC: …a good one. :13
    “You know, I can’t complain too much about Labor Day, ‘cause usually doing landscaping and it had slowed down a little, but the water’s still warm enough to hit the river. I’ve gotten to spend some time out on the lake for Labor Day, so Labor Day’s a good one.”

    Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT THE JOBS SHE HAD GROWING UP AND HER BEST JOB -- PERFORMING FOR HER FANS.

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    Carrie Underwood (Labor Day) OC: …born to do. :59
    “I don’t think I’ve ever had a bad job. I’ve had hard jobs. I’ve had jobs that worked random hours. My first job was at a gas station, and that was a lot of fun actually. While I was working at the gas station, I took another job at a hotel down the street. There was nobody else working there. I had one day of training and then the next day I came in, and the lady that had worked there the longest and was training me just didn’t show. So, the second day at work I was now in charge ‘cause I was now the senior member that was working at the hotel. So, I feel like that one was really challenging to figure my way through it, but I did. My best job is definitely what I do now. I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

    Audio / Caylee Hammack says her worst job truly smelled bad.

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    Caylee Hammack (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …worst job. (laughs) :38
    “My worst job was working in a nursery, actually. I love kids so I thought I’d be really good at it, but wen you’re the new person coming in, you have to change all the diapers first. So, I was changing 45 diapers a day and it got to the point where everything smelled like baby poop. It literally drove me crazy. I would walk my dog and I would have to go to pick up her poop, and it would smell like baby poop, and I just couldn’t handle it, honestly. The smell of poop warded me away. The children were lovely, but the smell of poop lingered, and I couldn’t handle that job. That was my worst job.” (laughs)

    Audio / CLARE DUNN GETS EMOTIONAL WHEN TALKING ABOUT DRIVING A SILAGE TRUCK IN TEXAS TO MAKE ENOUGH MONEY TO MOVE TO TENNESSEE TO FOLLOW HER DREAM.

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    Clare Dunn (Labor Day) OC: …had to do. 1:05
    “I was coming for school. I remember I was two weeks late for school [at Belmont], because I had stayed in Texas longer to drive a silage truck for harvest. Harvest was still going on and I needed the money, so I stayed down there. I called all my professors. I explained what I was doing. I said, ‘I’m not going to be there for the first two weeks.’ They all were very, I told them why, and they were all very accepting of that. So, I got home. I was worn out from driving this truck in Texas, and I remember getting home in like the morning or the night before and I left the next day. I literally just chucked as much stuff in a U-haul as I could, and my family was helping me get it all ready while I was on the truck. I remember, everybody cried. I’m probably gonna cry just talking about it, because it was so many unknowns, and I just drove myself out to Tennessee. It was very emotional for me, obviously, just seeing that Tennessee state line sign and being scared to death, but knowing that’s what I had to do.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker recalls one of his worst jobs before turning to music.

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    Darius Rucker (Labor Day) OC: …pizza. :15
    “I was fifteen, and I worked at a pizza place, and the guy decided that at fifteen, that I could not only clean the floors and wash the dishes, but I also had to make pizza. So, for two months, he taught me how to make pizza.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley makes a living performing for his fans, and he can’t say enough about them.

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    Dierks Bentley (Labor Day) OC: …generosity. :26
    “Personally, the fans give me amazement. That’s the only word to really sum it up. I look out in the crowd, you know, usually see a lot of faces and fans are cheering. I know each one of these like from the road-the signs are from California…Michelle and Kayla live up in the Ohio area. They’re all, I just see them, and I’m like, ‘Wow!,’ they’re all from different regions. You know when you’re in a different region of the country and you just see certain fans. These people are way more hard core than I am, and I’m just amazed by their generosity.”

    Audio / Eric Church talks about one of his worst job.

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    Eric Church (Labor Day-odd jobs) OC: …bought at 2am. 1:27
    “I had an awful job. I’ve had a lot of awful jobs…my worst one was when I first came to Nashville. I got a job at the Shop at Home Network. I worked midnight, graveyard, midnight to eight. That was bad enough but then I would work all night, go home, shower and then I had writing appointments all day because I was trying to get a career started. I’d go write songs and get meetings just trying to get signed. And end up getting done at 3 of 4 with all of that, I’d go home, take a shower or sleep for a little bit and then I had to be at work again at midnight. So the schedule was bad enough, however, what I had to do at the job…I sold knives from midnight to 7 or 8am. And, anytime somebody calls you at 3 or 4am and needs 200 knives for $19.95, it’s automatically an alarming situation. And I just, I was young and I’d been in a lot of these people’s shoes, I had done this…I knew they were drunk. I knew what they had done. They’d just come home from the bar, flipped on Shop at Home and said, ‘You know what? I need that.’ So the reason the job didn’t last long for me is that I was maybe the worst salesmen in history because I ended up talking a lot of these people out of it, I’d say, ‘I’ll tell you what man, go to bed, call me, I’ll be here in the morning. If you get up in the morning and want these knives you call me back.’ Because I knew what was going to happen, you know. They bought 200 knives for $19.95…first of all some of these people you didn’t know whether you should call the cops. What do you need 200 knives for? Even though I’m selling them…what do you need them for? So, it was awful doing that job. And then they got rid of me because, they were like, ‘You’re the worst. I can’t believe you’re talking people out of it.’ I was like, ‘Man I know…I’ve been there.’ [laughs] I’d want some to talk me out of buying some of the stuff I’ve bought at 2am.”

    Audio / Jon Langston talks about working

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    Jon Langston (Labor Day) OC: …is the bomb. :45
    “The worst job – it wasn’t bad – I could just say growing up and stuff and in high school, I was working for my dad. It was a great job, working at the shop. One day I got tired of working for my dad. I thought it’d be smart to go work for somebody else and so I went to work at Chik-fil-a for a family friend, and I’m just not made for cooking chicken. But, I told my dad, ‘Hey, can I come back to work?’ (laughs) So, yeah, I mean, Chik-fil-a a great place to work if you’re into that kind of thing, but not me. But Chik-fil-a is m favorite fast food restaurant of all time. I mean, I will go to war for Chik-fil-a. I eat there probably three or four times a week. Chik-fil-a is the bomb.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi talks about his worst job, which was at a grocery store.

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    Jon Pardi (Labor Day) OC: …so bored! :17
    “The worst job I ever had was at Hometown Grocery Store. I didn’t want to work, I was 15, and I did not want to work at the grocery store. Bagging was fun, but they sent me down the aisles to pull up cans and turn ‘em around and face ‘em, and I would just get so bored!”

    Audio / JORDAN DAVIS, WHOSE DEBUT SINGLE IS MAKING ITS WAY UP THE COUNTRY CHARTS, TALKS ABOUT HIS WORST JOB.

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    Jordan Davis (Labor Day) OC: …worst job. :41
    “[My] worst job was probably whenever I got out of school I started working for an environmental group in Baton Rouge, and I was doing actual environmental work at first. I went to my boss probably about four months in and told him that I was going to move to Nashville and write songs. Luckily enough, he let me stay on, but I became the weedeater guy for the landscaping side of the business. I seriously weedeated eight hours a day. The only break I would get would be in-between yard to yard. So, like we would be in the car and I would try to doze off for like 10 minutes. I was covered in grass in the middle of the summer in Baton Rouge. It was awful. That was definitely the worst job.”

    Audio / KEITH URBAN TALKS ABOUT PERFORMING FOR FANS.

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    Keith Urban (Labor Day) OC: …amazing. :22
    “Seeing people connect to the music is absolutely, hands-down the biggest reward for me, especially when you go to a place you’ve never been to before and it’s all these people, I mean lots of people out there. You’ve never met a single one of ‘em and they’re singing every word, and you realize that it’s not just a pretty melody and everything, but they get the songs. It’s amazing.”

    Audio / Kip Moore recalls his worst job...ever.

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    Kip Moore (Labor Day-worst job) OC: …than that. :21
    “I’d have to say my worst job ever was laying sod in the south Georgia heat. There’s nothing than that, especially when somebody would think that you’re waiting for the next sod patch to be thrown to you and you got your back turned, and all of a sudden, that big ole piece of sod hits you right on the back. You got nowhere to clean up, and you’re just stuck with dirt on your back for the rest of the day. It doesn’t get any worse than that.”

    Audio / Luke Bryan talks about the different jobs he worked in and around Leesburg, Georgia, before heading to Nashville to pursue a career in music.

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    Luke Bryan (Labor Day-jobs) OC: …Nashville… 1:07
    “At age 12 thru 13, I worked at Rubos IGA Supermarket in Leesburg, GA. I worked during the summers on Monday and Tuesday. I stocked and cleaned up the produce.  They paid me under the table…I peeled off all of the brown lettuce. Let’s see, when I was 15, I was a cashier at K-Mart for two months. I worked at K-Mart for two months, and then I reverted back to Rubos because it didn’t really make sense for me to drive all the way into Albany and work for K-Mart. The benefits were great though-you’d get an hour-long on the blue light special. So I started back at Rubos, and then I quit Rubos and worked for my Dad-just awful just driving tractors through cotton all day, and spraying pesticides that eventually would turn your hair green. And then at some point, I started playing guitar. And well, after college I went back and worked for my dad and continued to spray and haul fertilizer around. And then I moved to Nashville…”

    Audio / TRAVIS DENNING HAS NEVER HAD ANOTHER JOB OTHER THAN PLAYING MUSIC.

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    Travis Denning (Labor Day) OC: …right for it. :13
    “I’ve always played music. I mean, my first gig was when I was 16-years-old. That was what I did. And as soon as I found out I could make money doing it, I thought I’d much rather make money doing this than anything else, so I went right for it.”

  • JORDAN DAVIS’ MOM IS THE STAR OF THE LATEST EPISODE OF THE SINGER’S HOME STATE STORIES.

    Jordan Davis just released the latest installment of his “Home State Stories” video series on Tuesday (August 20th). Titled “Mom,” the clip features Jordan’s mom telling stories on him and his siblings and showcasing photos of him, his brother Jacob and sister Jentry.

     

     

    Jordan is currently climbing the country charts with his latest song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.” The Louisiana native is out with Rascal Flatts on The Summer Playlist Tour, which makes a stop Thursday (August 22nd) in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For more information on his tour dates, go to jordandavisofficial.com.

     

  • JORDAN DAVIS TAKES THE FAMILY WAGONEER FOR A SPIN AROUND THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD FOR LATEST EPISODE OF “HOME STATE STORIES.”

    Jordan Davis just released the new installment of his “Home State Stories” video series on Tuesday (August 13th). Titled “Jeep,” the clip shows the Louisiana native back home with his dad and the 1969 Jeep Wagoneer that he and his brother Jacob took to school. The vehicle had a few issues when Jordan drove it around the neighborhood, but his “Pops” was there to save the day.

     

    Jordan is currently riding his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.” It’s the follow-up to his recent chart-topper “Take It From Me,” which he co-wrote with his brother Jacob and songwriter Jason Gantt.

    Jordan has a few fair and festival dates before heading back out with Rascal Flatts August 22nd in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For more information on his tour dates, go to jordandavisofficial.com.

     

  • JORDAN DAVIS CELEBRATES BACK-TO-BACK NO.1 PLATINUM-SELLING SINGLES.

    Jordan Davis celebrated several accomplishments earlier this month including his second consecutive No.1 hit single “Take It From Me” reaching Platinum Certification by the RIAA.  Jordan’s debut album, Home State, features “Take It From Me” as well as his other No.1 Platinum hit “Singles You Up” and his current single “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” which is nearing Top 30 at country radio (listen HERE). Overall, Home State has accumulated more than 750 Million worldwide streams.

    Photo Credit: Steven Alan

    Back Row (L-R): UMG Nashville EVP A&R Brian Wright, UMG Nashville SVP A&R Stephanie Wright, MCA Nashville’s Kaileen Mangan, MCA Nashville’s Miranda McDonald, Jordan Davis, UMG Nashville VP Promotion Chris Schuler, MCA Nashville’s Briana Galluccio, UMG Nashville EVP Promotion Royce Risser, UMG Nashville COO Mike Harris

    Front Row (L-R): UMG Nashville VP Promotion David Friedman, MCA Nashville’s Donna Jo Passuntino, MCA Nashville SVP Promotion Katie Dean, UMG Nashville Chairman/CEO Mike Dungan, UMG Nashville President Cindy Mabe, MCA Nashville’s Michelle Tyrell, UMG Nashville’s Taylor Sloane

    In addition, several members from iHeartRadio surprised Jordan with his Best New Artist Award which he won earlier this year as part of the iHeartRadio Music Awards. Other Best New Artist winners in their respective genres include Ella Mai, Marshmello and lovelytheband.

    Photo Credit: Steven Alan

    Photo ID (L-R): iHeartRadio’s Gator Harrison, MCA Nashville SVP Promotion Katie Dean, UMG Nashville EVP Promotion Royce Risser, iHeartRadio’s Rod Phillips, Jordan Davis, iHeartRadio’s Tom Poleman, iHeartRadio’s Jackie Tigue

    Jordan is closing in on Top 30 with his latest, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

    Since bursting on the scene, Jordan continues to impress critics and fans alike. Billboard notes, “from the looks and sounds of it, Jordan Davis is here for the long haul” while All Access says, “Jordan Davis is proving to us that he has no plans to slow down.” Jordan is currently on the road as direct support with Rascal Flatts as part of the “Summer Playlist Tour” and will reunite with Old Dominion this fall for their European tour hitting cities such as Stockholm, Berlin, Amsterdam and London.

    For a full list of tour dates, news, images and more, visit www.jordandavisofficial.com

    Fans can click HERE to listen to Home State.

  • JORDAN DAVIS GOES BACK HOME TO LOUISIANA AND REMINISCES WITH HIS DAD IN THE NEW EPISODE OF “HOME STATE STORIES.”

    There’s a new installment of “Home State Stories” with Jordan Davis. In the latest episode, he and his dad reminisce over the bunk beds he shared with his brother, singer-songwriter Jacob Davis, the Ninja Turtle bicycle he rode to school and his childhood nickname, “Stick Figure,” which was given to him because he was so thin growing up.

    Jordan is currently riding his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.” It’s the follow-up to his recent chart-topper “Take It From Me,” which he co-wrote with his brother Jacob and songwriter Jason Gantt.

    Jordan has a few fair and festival dates before heading back out with Rascal Flatts August 22nd in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For more information on his tour dates, go to jordandavisofficial.com.

     

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  • JORDAN DAVIS CELEBRATES HIS RECENT NO. 1 SONG, “TAKE IT FROM ME.”

    Jordan Davis celebrated the chart-topping success of his smash hit, “Take It From Me,” along with co-writers Jason Gantt and his brother Jacob Davis during a party in Nashville earlier this week.

    It was a close call, but Jordan and his team were going to celebrate the song’s achievement regardless if it topped the charts or not. It meant the world to him to be able to write a song with his brother and take it to No. 1. The two were actually able to celebrate together when finding each other in Charleston the day hit the top of the charts.

    “I knew this was going to be a close call. To be honest with you, I really thought that we were going to stop at No. 2,” says Jordan. “And I remember being in contact with Jacob throughout the night. I actually went to a hotel, and I was staying there by myself because I was flying to Charleston, and I already promised my wife, ‘Hey, you know what? Whatever is gonna happen, we are gonna celebrate this song. It’s been an amazing run. My team did an amazing job in fighting for this song. They knew how special it was for me.’ I started drinking. I remember I texted Jason and was like, ‘Hey man. We got it.’ I called Jake (Jacob), and he was ‘bout half-way asleep. (JACOB: ‘No, I was asleep.’) Well, he was asleep. I woke him up and told him. The next morning, I flew to Charleston and we were actually able to go to breakfast before he flew out of Charleston and I landed. We were actually able to go to breakfast and celebrate it.”

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    Jordan is currently climbing the country charts with his latest song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

    Audio / Prior to his No. 1 party for “Take It From Me,” Jordan Davis talks about when he learned the song went to the top of the country charts and how he was able to celebrate the success with one of his co-writers, his brother Jacob Davis.

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    Jordan Davis (TIFM No. 1) OC: …celebrate it. :51
    “I knew this was going to be a close call. To be honest with you, I really thought that we were going to stop at No. 2. And I remember being in contact with Jacob throughout the night. I actually went to a hotel, and I was staying there by myself because I was flying to Charleston, and I already promised my wife, ‘Hey, you know what? Whatever is gonna happen, we are gonna celebrate this song. It’s been an amazing run. My team did an amazing job in fighting for this song. They knew how special it was for me.’ I started drinking. I remember I texted Jason and was like, ‘Hey man. We got it.’ I called Jake (Jacob), and he was ‘bout half-way asleep. (JACOB: ‘No, I was asleep.’) Well, he was asleep. I woke him up and told him. The next morning, I flew to Charleston and we were actually able to go to breakfast before he flew out of Charleston and I landed. We were actually able to go to breakfast and celebrate it.”

  • JORDAN DAVIS RELEASES SECOND INSTALLMENT OF HIS HOME STATE STORIES.

    Jordan Davis released the second installment of his “Home State Stories,” which has him driving around and reminiscing about his home town.

     

     

    Jordan is currently making his way up the country charts with his latest song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

     

  • JORDAN DAVIS GOES BACK HOME TO HELP OUT SOME FRIENDS IN THE FIRST INSTALLMENT OF “HOME STATE STORIES.”

    Jordan Davis is a “Home State” boy when it comes to his native Louisiana. He recently returned home to perform with his Uncle Stan Paul Davis (a hit songwriter in his own right having written two top five songs — “Today’s Lonely Fool” and “Better Man, Better Off” for Tracy Lawrence) to raise funds for the local Shreveport Elks Lodge (122) to assist in renovating the lodge’s pool, where Jordan and his family grew up swimming. Jordan was even on the lodge’s swim team. All of the action and reminiscing was captured for the first installment of Jordan’s “Home State Stories.”

    Jordan is making his way up the country charts with “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot,” the latest from his Home State album.

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  • JORDAN DAVIS AND WIFE KRISTEN ARE EXPECTING THEIR FIRST CHILD.

    Jordan Davis and his wife Kristen are expecting their first child later this year, they confirmed exclusively to People. The pair, who have been married for two years, are feeling very blessed and thankful at this moment.

    “I’m so thankful and so blessed,” says Jordan. “This is a really, really special moment, and I’ve been trying to drink it in and just kind of enjoy the entire process.”

    The Louisiana native is quickly making his way up the country charts with his latest single, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.” He also just released the video for the song, which is the follow-up to his two previous No. 1 songs – “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.”

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about finding out he and his wife Kristen were going to be parents for the first time.

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    Jordan Davis (baby) OC: …entire process. :11
    “I’m so thankful and so blessed. This is a really, really special moment, and I’ve been trying to drink it in and just kind of enjoy the entire process. I’m looking forward to meeting him or her.”

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  • JORDAN DAVIS RELEASES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIS LATEST HIT, “SLOW DANCE IN A PARKING LOT.”

    Jordan Davis releases the music video for his nostalgic new single “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” with an exclusive People debut. In just a few weeks, “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” has already cracked Top 40 at country radio, after debuting as the No.1 most added song, and marks Jordan’s fastest rising single to date. “Slow Dance In A Parking Lot” follows Jordan’s back-to-back No.1 hits “Singles You Up” and “Take It From Me.” All three tracks are featured on Jordan’s debut album Home State which has accumulated over 500 Million streams since its release.

    Jordan collaborated with director Patrick Tracy for the sentimental video. The story follows a young boy through various life moments that all happen to take place in a parking lot, from playing hockey with friends to dancing with his girlfriend after a football game.

    “The parking lot has served as a familiar environment for many pivotal moments throughout one’s life and the descriptive lyrical content of ‘Slow Dance In A Parking Lot’ helps paint the picture of one such moment,” says Patrick Tracy.

    “I’m really excited for this music video to come out,” says Jordan. “Patrick did a really great job with the script and I think it really adds another element to how special this song is.”

    Jordan currently reigns as Billboard’s Top New Country Artist of 2018 as well as Country Aircheck/Mediabase’s Most Heard New Artist of 2018.  Earlier this year, Jordan won Best New Country Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in addition to MusicRow’s Breakout Artist of the Year Award.

    The Louisiana native just wrapped touring with Old Dominion as part of the “Make It Sweet Tour” and is currently on the road with Rascal Flatts for the “Summer Playlist Tour.” Upcoming stops include Mountain View, CA, Sacramento, CA and Irvine, CA.

    Fans can click HERE to listen to Home State.

    Audio / Jordan Davis talks about the video for his song, “Slow Dance in a Parking Lot.”

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    Jordan Davis (Slow Dance video) OC: …this song is. :26
    “The script that I got for it was so awesome, and I thought it was so perfect. I remember thinking when we were talking about a video for this song, it was gonna be pretty easy, but (director) Patrick (Tracy) did a really, really good job of making it special and making the song something else. I think, for me, I think this is the video that really adds the most to the song for me, compared to ‘Singles You Up’ or ‘Take It From Me.’ I think this kind of adds another element to how special this song is.”