Brad Paisley ‘Remind’-ed to Experiment by Eminem, Kanye
Brad Paisley's new duet with Carrie Underwood, 'Remind Me,' is soaring up the charts. The song, which comes on the heels of his retro-country sounding No. 1 hit, 'Old Alabama,' was inspired by a few unlikely -- and decidedly un-country -- artists.
"People like Eminem, Kanye [West], Jay-Z and people will do stuff that incorporate a female singing some lyrics, where they sing this part that's sort of from the woman's perspective," Brad says (quote via Duluth, Minn., radio station KTCO 98.9). "That's an untapped thing that we need to try a little more of in this format ... an actual duet written to be that, that doesn't work any other way."
The Grand Ole Opry member says he hopes to continue to be inspired by singers from other genres. "I like pop albums, too!" he admits. "I want to hear the Lady Gaga album. I want to hear what she did. I may or may not like it, but it's an album, and certainly she has a vision. Same with Coldplay and their next record, or whatever it might be."
While he's open to exploring other musical genres, when it came time to record this latest single, the reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year knew Carrie's was only one voice he wanted to use. "We just get along great and sing great together," notes the West Virginia native. "She's probably pretty much my first choice to sing with when it comes to a duet with a woman like that. We just sort of share the same values and get along that well. I just don't think there's a better singer than her, so it's sort of selfish to be able to sing with her and perform."
Brad is currently traveling across the country on his H20 II: Wetter & Wilder tour, which includes a show tomorrow night (June 25) in Manhattan, Kansas, followed by stops in Utah and New Jersey. Keep track of his schedule here.