How a Break from Social Media Changed Brett Eldredge

The country star is back online after a 2 month hiatus

March 8, 2019
Brett Eldredge attends 'An Opry Salute to Ray Charles' at The Grand Ole Opry on October 8, 2018 in Nashville

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62 days passed between January 2nd and March 6th, and every one of those days was exactly the same for Brett Eldredge in one key way: he used a flip phone and stayed away from social media.

But he’s back. And he’s learned a lesson. Eldredge broke his silence with an Instagram post this week and shared his new perspective:

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“Getting away from the noise and into feeling life and the sunsets and the rain and everything...damn it’s a powerful thing...I love music more than ever and hell I even love myself… I am creating music on such a deeper level than ever and now getting back to playing live, it’s all starting to make sense...I’m not saying it’s all sunshine and rainbows, life is life, but it can and will be beautiful!”

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oh hey, yes, I’ve been gone a bit but damnit if I’m not HERE more than I’ve ever been...Getting away from the noise and into feeling life and the sunsets and the rain and everything...damn its a powerful thing...I love music more than ever and hell I even love myself (sometimes ya forget to do that--)...oh and I love you all and the love that you show me! I am creating music on such a deeper level than ever and now getting back to playing live, it’s all starting to make sense...I’m not saying it’s all sunshine and rainbows, life is life, but it can and will be beautiful! I can’t wait to see you all...this whole flip phone thing has been amazing, you really realize how much time ya spend staring at a screen and not in the moment -- I got a Polaroid camera and am mailing pictures to my team of this journey...so if you were wondering, I’m alive and well, and I can’t wait for what’s to come...see ya soon

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It all started at the start of the new year for the “Drunk on Your Love” singer. He said he needed to take a moment to experiment and to see what it’s like to live in the present:

“To start 2019, I am going to go back in time to 2002. That was the year I got my first color flip phone with a lil megapixel camera on it...I felt like a bad ass...I would carry it everywhere I went but never look at it to check the never ending “Breaking News” or constantly compare my life to someone else’s...I wouldn’t sit at the dinner table and be halfway paying attention to my buddies convo’s because I was watching someone’s story about how good, or bad they were at “Flossing…”

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To start 2019, I am going to go back in time to 2002. That was the year I got my first color flip phone with a lil megapixel camera on it...I felt like a bad ass...I would carry it everywhere I went but never look at it to check the never ending “Breaking News” or constantly compare my life to someone else’s...I wouldn’t sit at the dinner table and be halfway paying attention to my buddies convo’s because I was watching someone’s story about how good, or bad they were at “Flossing” or how quick someone could chug a bottle of vodka and do a triple backflip into a pool...I was there, in the moment, with my friends, with life...Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of amazing things about a smart phone...but I gotta take a moment to experiment and see what it’s like to be here, RIGHT NOW, lost in the music and not in a screen...if ya need me, I’ll be on the T9 text machine...here goes the #FlipPhoneChallnege Happy new year! Love Brett

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Eldredge released his self-titled 4th studio album in 2017 and a Christmas album in 2018. Brett Eldredge included the hit single “The Long Way.” He’s on tour right now. Check out the full list of dates here.