Season 7 finalist Kristy Lee Cook is finally gearing up to release a new single, her first since signing with Broken Bow Records in 2010. Check out the single title, songwriting credits, behind the scenes footage from the video shoot, and more after the jump.
Kristy Lee Cook has revealed that the lead single from her upcoming Jason Aldean-executive-produced album via Broken Bow Records is a song called “Airborne Ranger Infantry”, a song she cowrote with Michael Logen and Luke Harry Sheets Walker. It’s a country/pop ballad drawn from poems that her father wrote while serving in the military.
Kristy Lee also shot the video for the song this week, and invited Fox 17 Nashville to the shoot. Check out behind the scenes footage from the video shoot as well as interviews with Kristy Lee, her father (who makes a cameo in the video!) and video director Roman White. Kristy Lee describes the lyrics in the song:
“The poems are from my dads experience. Just family,friends, sitting around camp fire talking. It’s real from a soldiers perspective.
Check out a live performance of the full song here:
UPDATE: Check out this link for better quality audio and video.
Kristy Lee Cook became a somewhat polarizing figure in s7 when a couple weeks after a very poorly received countrified version of the Beatles’s “Eight Days A Week” and 2 straight weeks in the bottom 2, she fought to stay in the competition with her well-reviewed version of “God Bless The USA”. That was a song choice that Simon called “clever” while others in the Idol universe and media talking about pandering (see here, here, and here for a few examples). Whatever people thought, that song cemented Kristy Lee Cook as a fighter, and she ended up outlasting competition favorites like Michael Johns en route to a 7th place finish.
Kristy Lee’s new single arguably sees her dipping back into that same well, though as she explains in the news clip, it’s a personal tribute to her parents and those who have served in the military drawn from letters that her father wrote. Show Dog Nashville act Jessie James also recently tried to make her way onto country radio with a similarly personal song about her upbringing as the daughter of a “Military Man”. But, the song barely scraped the Mediabase country t50 before losing its bullet, which goes to show that theme is no sure way to crack the country charts.
Now that we’ve got some idea of what Kristy Lee’s single sounds like, how do you think she’ll fare on the country charts?
Check out video of 3 other new songs Kristy Lee performed during CMA Fest here.