With their signature sound of positive-minded, bluegrass-tinted country, Brad Rempel leads the critically acclaimed group High Valley. High Valley’s bluegrass influence paired with EDM-like beats and UK style stadium chants combine for a fresh sound. A strong international appeal has earned them more than half a billion streams in the US and Canada, back-to-back Gold certified singles in the US, three No. 1s at Canadian Country Radio, two Gold certified albums, and six Platinum certified singles, making them the highest-selling Canadian band in Country music history. As a frequent performer at the Grand Ole Opry, High Valley is known for their songs that highlight themes of faith and family. Their brand-new single, “Somebody Tell That Girl,” (out today) features Capitol CMG artist and Christian songwriter Anne Wilson. In this TCB Exclusive, Brad shares the inspiration behind the new single, how Anne enhanced the sound of the track and what else listeners can look forward to this year.
Congratulations on the upcoming release of “Somebody Tell That Girl!” Why is the message of this track so important to you personally?
In this day and age of so many people feeling like they have to be filtered and living an Instagram highlight reel type of life, we really feel like this could encourage a lot of girls to confidently be their authentic selves.
The track features Anne Wilson; how do you think the collaboration enhances the sound/quality?
Anne’s voice is incredible. Nobody argues that. My job was just to stay out of the way and let her do what she does. My wife is obsessed with this song and her voice on it, so I think that’s the true test right there.
Taking us back to the day you were writing the single, is there a moment that stands out to you looking back?
I remember when we stumbled on the line “she’s dying to hear it but she never tells herself.” That moment felt like we were going to land something true with a very important message.
How are you looking to define success for this single?
My dream is to be signing autographs after a show and hear mothers and daughters tell us how this song helped them through a tough time. I also really hope it encourages people to look around and reach out to somebody who may need encouragement.
How do you feel this track previews upcoming music from High Valley?
This track is a great preview of the whole ‘Way Back’ album (due out May 2022) because we’ve always been all about Faith, Family and Country Music. This album dives even deeper into those themes.
Who, or what, is currently providing inspiration for you, either musically or spiritually?
I’ve found a lot of spiritual inspiration from my sons. They’re 10 & 13 [years old] and have so much innocence and love for life. Reading devotionals with them before school helps me get back to the basics and kind of see my faith in a new light as I try and be a positive role model for them.
What are you most expectant for in 2022?
I’m excited for live music to be back in full swing. It’s always a crazy time juggling the schedule, but my wife and I are excited to fit our kids’ baseball, football, basketball and my touring all into one calendar again.