Jerrod Niemann: ‘A Little More Love’ Isn’t ‘a Preachy Song’, But It Gets the Message Across
Jerrod Niemann recently released a brand-new single, "A Little More Love," featuring his good friend Lee Brice. The song's lyrics -- "Make a little more love / Make a little less money / Catch a little more buzz, more buzz / Off a little less honey / Can't have it made there in the shade / When you're workin' all the time / Make a little more love, more love / And be happy for the rest of your life" -- made the tune important to both men, Niemann tells The Boot.
"I think, it’s not a preachy song, but I think the world just keeps getting crazier and crazier, [and] I couldn’t think of a better message to record with Lee," he says. "As a friend, he’s done so many wonderful things for me, and we’ve shared a lot of great memories, and share a lot of fans out there, too; we’ve had some great times. I’m hoping people will hear this song and, whether we cross paths or not, it will take them to somewhere special.
"There’s a lot of great things around us," Niemann adds. "We’re always aspiring to have something different, something tangible, but it’s the intangible that makes life what it is."
"A Little More Love" will appear on Niemann's upcoming album, his first with Curb Records -- but it's Brice who initially found the song. Niemann recalls receiving a phone call from his pal, telling him, "I found this song that Curb put on hold for me, but it sounds like something you’d record. So I want to give it to you if you want it."
"I thought, ‘What are you implying? Why don’t you want this song?’" Niemann remembers. "And then when I heard it, I realized it was something that I’d love to be a part of."
But Brice also listened to it a few more times -- and he thought that maybe he did want to record it after all. So, the two struck a deal.
"We always talked about recording music together, so we thought, 'Why don’t we go do it? Just figure it out?'" Niemann says. "We went old school: We stood in the same room. We used two different mics, but we sang at the same time, like back in the day when you had to. It made it way cooler, I guess, the vibe of being there together and capturing the essence of the hang in the studio."
Niemann's last album, 2014's High Noon, was his third with Sea Gayle / Arista, and included the No. 1 single "Drink to That All Night." But the 36-year-old was ready for a change ... and Curb seemed like the perfect fit.
"Life is full of twists and turns, and it was just one of those things where it seemed like the right decision for both of us," Niemann says. "I try not to overthink stuff, because if you pay attention, the signs are all around you, whether you’re religious or spiritual or all of the above or none of the above. The truth is, it’s really funny for us to try to play God and say, ‘Well, here’s what’s going to happen next.’
"It’s good to have visions and goals and work for stuff. But when I don’t know what the next step is, I literally step back and pay attention to the signs around me," he adds. "This is what got me to this very moment, to trust Him, that whatever is meant to be is what will happen."
Niemann is still working on his first album for Curb, but he is in the home stretch.
"We took a lot of stuff from Sony and recorded some more," he notes. "It’s fun. I thought the album was done, and then I thought, ‘Why not go back in?’"
“A Little More Love” is available for download via iTunes.
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