Emily Hackett Takes It to Church With 'Good Intentions' Video: Premiere

Alex Justice
Emily Hackett

Emily Hackett was pleased that she got away with filming the performance segments of the video for her latest single, "Good Intentions," which is premiered exclusively below.

"No we didn't get smited," the Nashville singer-songwriter says with a laugh. She credits the setting to video director Preston Leatherman, a classmate at Nashville's Belmont University, where Hackett got her degree in songwriting. "He liked the idea of staying a little bit literal to the lyrics, 'cause they came from a place that was just very real and relatable. But one of the first things he said to me when I sent him the song was, 'I’m seeing a choir,' which I loved. And that sent us into (the church)" -- and into more serendipity for the clip, according to Hackett.

"The day before another choir canceled on us, so we didn't think it was going to happen," recalls Hackett, who also swings a mean baseball bat at some mailboxes during the video. "We were saying, 'Oh, it's just a pipe dream,' but that night I got a text that the choir's back on. He found a bunch of guys from a fraternity. They showed up wearing pink robes, which was unbelievable because that's been the color of this song in all the branding and everything, but no one told them to wear pink. So that was great."

Hackett released "Good Intentions" during early June in conjunction with her CMA Music Festival appearance on the Radio Disney stage. It follows the Atlanta native's 2017 single "Nostalgia," which is also the title track of an EP she's hoping to release later this year. "We just finished the record at the end of last year, and I put my heart and soul into all the songs," says Hackett, who debuted with her 2013 cover of Lorde's "Royals" and followed with "Take My Hand (The Wedding Song)," a duet with Parachute's Will Anderson. She's been designated an Artist to Watch in 2018 by The Boot and is part of CMT's Artist Discovery Program. "I’ve been playing live for three years but I've been super eager to get more stuff out into the world. I think real fans are starting to come out of the woodwork that aren't in my hometown or in Nashville or are family.

"There's definitely more music coming this fall, whether it's another single or the full EP. I'm just excited for people to hear more of my music. I think all of my songwriting comes from a true, very real and honest place. 'Nostalgia' and 'Good Intentions' do, for sure, and I think it's only going to get deeper from there."