If you’re attempting to shut off the world’s incessant external noise, there may be no better way to do that than by taking a boat to a tiny island off the Florida Keys. That’s the tranquil setting in American Young’s video for the enchanting, live-for-the-moment-themed “Be Here.”
Captured in a single day with one camera and a drone, the clip was directed by Chase Lauer and features duo Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson sensuously wading and floating in the peaceful waters of the here and now. The song, Stone tells Rolling Stone Country, “is a three-minute friend gently waking you up.”
Osmunson expounds on the tune’s timely message, saying, “If you want to live, live here now. If you want to worry, tomorrow is the time. Learn the art of living moment to moment, to be present in gratitude in this instant. This is the definition of happiness.”
Stone and Osmunson have taken that simple message one step further. After the video shoot, the bandmates got matching “Be Here” tattoos.
As songwriters Stone and Osmunson have had their songs cut by Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts and Joey + Rory, among others. Stone, who co-produced American Young’s self-titled debut LP with Lee Brice, is also the writer behind Brice’s Number One smash, “A Woman Like You.” The duo penned 11 of the 12 tracks on American Young, which is out now and includes Brice as guest vocalist on “Eighteen.”