Wednesday, May 10, 2023 – ERNEST is getting personal in time for Mother's Day with the release of "Takes After You," honoring his wife Delaney Royer.
A video was released.
"I heard someone talking to Johnny Cash in a video," ERNEST said. "They said 'Johnny I've known ya a long time. I got a son now, and if he don't take after Jesus, I'd be quite alright if he took after you.' So I immediately thought, I couldn't agree more with Ryman and Delaney. She is the most humble, kind, empathetic, nature loving, giving, selfless, and downright wholesome human I know. The things she'll teach Ryman in this life by her actions will transcend anything he'll learn in a building."
ERNEST co-wrote "Takes After You" with Jordan Schmidt and Josh Thompson. Lyrics include:
I know that boy won't walk on water
'Cause he comes from my blood
And I pray one day he'll look back and
Not be all I was
He might not live by all red letters
Somethin' close to that will do
Oh if he don't take after Jesus
I hope he takes after you
"I want to instill in him a knowing of God and the importance of gratitude and faith," ERNEST said. "My wild side has won too many times, and I hope by my mistakes I can help him avoid some. But like the song says, if he don't take after Jesus, I hope he takes after you."
Accompanied by an official music video today, the clip compiles family footage, showcasing time spent together in the studio, on the road and at home.
"This song is specific to me, but I think there are a lot of parents out there who likely feel the same as me. Y'all moms are something special, and a strong woman who leads by example will have an incredible impact on a young man. Thank y'all."
ERNEST will headine This Fire Tour this fall, including two back-to-back nights at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. He also is opening for Morgan Wallen although that tour is on a six-wee hiatus due to vocal cord issues for Wallen.