In the early evening of January 21, 1998, Mitch Rossell’s father, Roy Rossell, was killed by a drunk driver in Tellico Plains, Tennessee. After years of grieving and processing, Rossell and co-writer Dave Turnbull channeled the pain and resilience to write Rossell’s most personal song to date, ”Son”. Inspiring people to find a purpose in grief and to heal through hope, the music video for “Son” has premiered on People.com and can now be viewed on CMT.com and all other streaming partners now. View HERE.
Rossell tells People of the day he sat down to write “Son,” explaining, “Dave actually had the idea, and it finally, like, gave me permission to even think about those things and access them, you know? I don’t think I was capable of it before that. It was too painful. Once we wrote it, I knew it was unique and I knew the impact it was having on every single person I played it for.”
Filmed over a few days on the Bald River that flows into Tellico River, as well as his father’s grave, the music video was co-produced by Austin Peckham & Bennett Self and directed by Mitch Rossell. Personal home video footage from Rossell’s childhood is threaded in and out of the frames showing the loving bond between father and son. Rossell’s firstborn son is also featured in the video.
“It took a few days of digging through all the footage,” says Rossell. “It was healing in some ways, but it also brought up a lot of emotions just seeing my dad and reliving those moments.”
Another emotional moment in the video is when the camera pans out on the grave sight and shown next to Rossell is his six-year-old son.
Rossell recalls that moment in filming saying, “I just showed him my dad’s grave and told him about him and how good of a dad he was for me. We weren’t acting or anything and when he hugged me, that’s really what he did. I didn’t ask him to do anything, I just loved on him and talked to him the way my dad used to talk to me.”
Download, Stream, and Listen to “Son” HERE
About Mitch Rossell
Mitch Rossell’s career is exploding, with his prolific songwriting and unique artistry currently on showcase in front of tens of thousands of fans each weekend. With just an acoustic guitar, Rossell takes the stage show after show, winning over thousands of new fans and often receiving standing ovations for his original material.
Rossell’s tenacious work ethic and no-shortcut approach caught the attention of his all-time favorite artist and country music legend, Garth Brooks, who asked him to join both his summer 2016 world tour and his 2022 stadium tour. Along with opening, Rossell has written Brooks’ last four singles, one of which is “Ask Me How I Know,” (which he wrote by himself) landing his first No. 1 single. He also co-wrote Brooks’ singles: “That’s What Cowboys Do,” ”All Day Long,” and “Dive Bar.” Rossell has been successfully releasing music of his garnering over 84 Million artist on-demand streams with songs like ”All I Need To See,” “2020,” and “Ran Info You” ft. Trisha Yearwood. Visit www.MitchRossell.com for more information.
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