Conner Smith brings his heart-pounding love song, “Take It Slow,” to life and faces romance head-on in his new music video featuring his real-life girlfriend, Leah Thompson.
The 22-year-old country star is savoring every moment of his relationship as he sings the heartfelt power ballad that captures the innocence of a first love.
The passionate video opens with a bit of foreshadowing as the couple shares looks of adoration and fall more and more in love in the midst of the colored leaves, which make for a stunning backdrop. Then, things rewind a bit as viewers see Thompson standing on the front porch of the cozy cabin, waiting for Smith to arrive from the backroads in his red truck.
A smile appears on the singer’s face as he finally locks eyes with the girl before him. Their romantic getaway is equipped with a slow, windows-down drive, fishing, and a couple of beers while overlooking the water. The video ends with a splash (literally), as they dive into the water together before warming up by the bonfire.
“It’s been special to see what ‘Take It Slow’ has become,” Smith shared in a press release. “I’m thankful to the team for helping me bring it to life with this video and excited for everyone to continue connecting with the song.”
When the highly-anticipated video finally dropped, Thompson also took to social media to share some behind-the-scenes clips of the music video with a heartfelt message to Smith.
Her caption read, “I shot a music video in Tennessee with my best friend and it just came out!! @connersmithmusic is so talented & I’m honored to be able to see his heart. Conner’s character far outweighs any of his outward talent and I love being able to attest to that! This song has been so special to him & it was so special to me to be apart of this video♥️”
Co-written by Smith alongside Ryan Hurd and Mark Trussell, the upbeat tune of “Take It Slow” has already amassed nearly 100 million streams to date, and continues to capture the hearts of his listeners.
“What I love about this song is it’s so intimate, but it’s so innocent at the same time,” Smith previously told Country Now and other outlets. “I think there’s a cool balance to that where it’s like, you know, the song has a level of toughness, but at the same time, it holds this level of intimacy and youth in the song, which I think really kind of captures who I am a lot.”
Before it hit radio on Monday (Sept. 12), “Take It Slow” was already a fan-favorite on his six-track collection, Didn’t Go Too Far. The project also features viral hits like “College Town,” “Learn From It” and “I Hate Alabama.”
Next month, Smith will rally up his fan-favorites and hit the road for his first-ever headlining trek. Presented by the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, Smith’s If I Went to College Tour will feature special guests Mackenzie Carpenter and Jonathan Hutcherson.
“I’m pumped to partner with the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour for my first headlining run in 2023,” Smith shared. “We’ll be hitting college towns all throughout the Midwest and Southeast. It’s gonna be a ton of fun, and I’m stoked to have Monster Energy taking it to the next level.”
Tickets for the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Conner Smith will go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 27th at 10am local.
Conner Smith will kick things off on February 9 in Rosemont, IL and wrap things up on April 28 in Nashville.
IF I WENT TO COLLEGE TOUR DATES
9 | Rosemont, IL – Joe’s Live^
10 | Medina, OH – Thirsty Cowboy^
11 | West Peoria, IL – Crusens +
23 | Oxford, MS – Proud Larry’s+
24 | College Station, TX – Hurricane Harrys
30 | Statesboro, GA – The Blue Room+
31 | Auburn, AL – 17-16 Bar+
1 | Tuscaloosa, AL – Gallettes+
14 | Rome, GA – Peaches^
20 | Starkville, MS – Rick’s Café+
21 | Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge+
22 | Baton Rouge, LA – Texas Club+
27 | Knoxville, TN – The Mill & Mine^
28 | Nashville, TN – Exit In^
+ Mackenzie Carpenter
^ Jonathan Hutcherson