Whitney Dean is one half of the folk-pop duo the Sweeplings. America’s Got Talent season eight finalist, Cami Bradley, makes up the other half. While at home in Huntsville, Alabama, Dean’s wife noticed Bradley’s voice on the television and knew immediately that Bradley was going to be her husband’s new collaborator. Previously, Dean was part of John Paul White’s pre-Civil Wars solo project. Thanks to a Facebook message and a flight to Bradley’s home in Spokane, WA, a connection was made.
As the Sweeplings, Bradley and Dean created Rise & Fall which was released in early August after countless living room and studio visits, Skype sessions, and a slew of drives and flights. Rise & Fall was certainly a cross country effort that blurred boundaries and border lines.
“Carry Me Home” is a song off Rise & Fall “that we’ve sung at our live shows since our album’s release a month and a half ago,” Dean says. “The live video was filmed during one of our release concerts and we feel it really shows the beauty and intimacy of the song and our sound.”
To Dean, the song is deeply personal. “[It’s] one that was stirred in us about the loss of loved ones in our own lives this past year. Losing someone we love is something that resonates with everyone on this earth. We all experience it and deal with it in our own way. We wanted to craft a song that was written from the perspective of the one leaving. A sweet reminder and call to those being left behind that they are at peace and ready to be released.”