Cole Swindell continues to leave us in awe.

Just like his songwriting, Cole has penned a beautiful letter to communicate his appreciation. In it, he thanks his fans, the industry, and the city of Nashville for welcoming him into the country family.

But the letter is much more than just that. He talks about losing his father, having the country community be there for him during that loss, and how he has channeled his heartbreak into helping others.

“You Should Be Here” will always be a special song for me. The first day it was played on country radio the messages I got on social media from fans everywhere broke my heart. I wanted to release a song that would help other people but hearing their stories made me know I wasn’t alone… it wasn’t about me anymore, it wasn’t about only my dad. It was for everyone that had been there and knew that pain. Your stories have and will continue to change me for the better. People asked, “How did you film the video and release a song that personal?” I never looked at it that way. The fans give me all they have and I will always do the same. Although I don’t like the circumstances of why I had to write the song. I know for a fact if my dad knew leaving this world a little early would inspire a song that would help so many, he would’ve had no problem with it. That’s the kind of guy he was. That’s the kind of guy I want to be. Every night I sing that song I know he’s there, best seat in the house no doubt.”

Cole, thank you for giving us all you have. We love you.

Read the (must-read) letter HERE.


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