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It’s been nearly a decade since Billy Dean released a country album, and now he’s giving fans a taste of what to expect on July 22 with the summer single, “The rest is mine.” The windy anthem serves as the title of the 10-song collection that embodies his love for the sunny state of Florida.
“I was so touched and moved when Florida inducted me into their Artists Hall of Fame, it made me feel terribly homesick,” the singer revealed in a statement. “So I came back to reconnect with my aging mother, high school buddies, friends and family. All of that inspired the tropical flavor of this album.
The country crooner can now be found dipping his toes on the white sand beaches of St. George’s Island or playing music under the palm trees. While embracing island time, he teamed up with like-minded people to write nine of the 10 songs for the upcoming album. Dean has not only collaborated with several elite songwriters to cultivate a state-of-the-art collection, but to learn.
“I really wanted to connect with some of the biggest Hall of Fame songwriters in our industry, to learn from them,” he shared. “I wanted to see what drives them and what makes them Hall of Famers. Paul Overstreet was at the top of my list of guys I knew but had never worked with.
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The 90s hitmaker wrote “The rest is minealongside Overstreet. Together, they created a sweet, mid-tempo track that reminds listeners to take ownership of their lives and do what makes them happy. The tropical melody of horns, whistles, light percussion and acoustic guitar is meant to leave fans looking for a refreshing umbrella cocktail.
« The rest is mine, the rest is mine | I will ride here where the sun always shines | While there is still a piece of this American pie | Already bought the boat, already signed the note | gave me my mittens and this big fur coat | Only so many ticks on the clock before we’re all out of time | I take it day by day because the rest is mine,” Dean sings before Overstreet delivers a comedic verse about the beauty of retirement.
To bring the seaside single to life, Dean and Overstreet tapped video director Michael Maples. Throughout the four-minute music video, the singers are seen strumming their guitars with the radiant sun kissing their skin. As the world-famous songwriters take turns singing the witty lyrics – Maples captures the two on a boat, exploring a sandbar and performing for carefree locals. However, the drone snapshots just take the captivating clip to new heights.
Dean told CMT exclusively that he hopes fans start dreaming about life after working 9 to 5 or use the music video as a breath of fresh air.
“I think we all fantasize about retreating to the Keys or the Islands and getting your time back,” he shared. “I hope this will allow the viewer to escape for a moment from everyday life.”
The upcoming project will be released on Friday, July 22 and will feature a re-recorded cut of Dean’s 1991 classic “somewhere in my broken heart.” The chart-topping artist has several solo performances scheduled for 2022 and is set to hit the road with country band Shenandoah and Wade Hayes in late August. For upcoming appearances, visit billydean.com.