Superstar country band Rascal Flatts, which features Picher-bred guitarist Joe Don Rooney, will premiere a portion of the new music video for their current critically acclaimed single “Changed” today on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The video features actor Charles “Chip” Esten, who also stars as Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s hit series “Nashville,” according to a news release.
“Changed” is the title track and third single from the Flatts’ latest Big Machine Records studio album. The song is currently Top 20 and rising on the Country radio charts.
In regards to “Changed,” the New York Times said, “it’s a king-size song about modesty and rebaptism.” USA Today expressed “LeVox sings baptism song ‘Changed’ with charismatic fervor.” And the Associated Press wrote “The title song strips the band’s sound down to an earthier core, displaying how rich their harmonies have become.”
“This video treatment best captures the emotion and depth of the lyrics. It tells the story of a man on the brink of despair, who is ultimately saved by the ones around him, who love him the most. In that, he finds the strength to forgive himself,” said Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus in the release.
Rascal Flatts are fans of “Nashville” and that’s where they got the idea to have Esten star in the video.
“Chip is the consummate pro. He believed in the song and the message and wanted to be a part of it. We thought it would be a long shot to get him now that he’s on the huge television show ‘Nashville’ but in the end, after we black-mailed him, he agreed to do it. Seriously, it is an honor to have Chip, and all that he brings to the table attached to this very important video,” said DeMarcus in the release.
The video will be available for viewing in its entirety on ABCNews.com after it appears on GMA. Beginning at 11 a.m. today, the video will be available at Vevo.com. The video can be viewed everywhere Thursday.
“Nashville” airs at 9 p.m. Wednesdays on the ABC Television Network. Watch full episodes via http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/nashville.