Caroline Jones will be spending much of the year on the road opening for Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, and the singer-songwriter is releasing new music ahead of the trek. Her lighthearted new single, “Chasin’ Me,” is exclusively premiering on Billboard today (March 21).
Penned by Jones, “Chasin’ Me” tells the tale of a woman who never gave love a chance until recently. While she tried her best to heed her mother’s advice to guard her heart, one man is making her walls come down. The infectious pop-country tune showcases Jones’ ethereal vocals and descriptive storytelling as the song plays out as a mini Hallmark movie.
A fan of older romantic comedies herself, Jones says the song was inspired in part by the playful dynamics between men and women she’s seen in films. “I wrote ‘Chasin’ Me’ about the kind of man and love I want,” Jones tells Billboard. “As a woman, there is an excitement to being desired and pursued. I hope the song reminds women that they are worthy of being chased. I love romantic comedies from the ‘40s and ‘50s, especially Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn films. I love the playful dynamics between men and women portrayed in those films. I love the way those films portray the building of trust in relationships. So, in that way, ‘Chasin’ Me’ is a song about old fashioned romantic values.”
The forthcoming music video for “Chasin’ Me” will bring Jones’ song vividly to life. A love story set to a cross-country car chase; Jones’ is pursued by actor Cody Walker, brother of the late actor Paul Walker, in the clip.
“We filmed the video in Zion National Park in Utah and Big Sur in California, two gorgeous, bucket-list locations. Cody Walker, the leading man, is one of the nicest guys and team players I’ve ever met,” she gushes. “The video was a big undertaking, 12-hour days and lots of travel, and he couldn’t have fit in better with our crazy cast of characters!”
Jones is gearing up to spend much of the year on the road with Chesney as part of his Songs for the Saints Tour. During tour rehearsals, the singer even shared his excitement for Jones to be joining him next month via Instagram.
An independent artist, Jones has found herself on tour with an impressive list of acts including Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, the Eagles, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and Vince Gill. She cites Brown and Buffett as mentors and artists she hopes to pattern her career after.
“I really owe my success thus far to them. I watch them lead by example — their bands, their crews, and their fans all share their values and understand the message and significance of the music. It’s an honor to play a small role in tours that uplift, inspire and bring joy to literally millions of people,” she adds.
Hear “Chasin’ Me” one day early below.