Watch Luke Bryan’s Emotional First Performance Of ‘Build Me A Daddy’ on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ Just in time for Father’s Day, Luke Bryan appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition…


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June 18, 2020


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Just in time for Father’s Day, Luke Bryan appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: At Home Edition to perform his poignant new song, “Build Me A Daddy.”

The late-night performance marks the television debut of the song, which was released on Friday (June 12). Bryan performed the song acoustically from what appeared to be an empty church in the socially-distanced clip with just himself and a guitar.

The emotional song tells the story of a little boy who walks into a wooden toy shop, shows the owner a photo of a soldier who appears to be his father and asks him to “Build Me A Daddy.”

Co-written by Jake Mitchell, Josh Thompson, Brett Tyler, the touching ballad’s emotional lyrics could bring even the toughest of the tough to tears.

“Could you build me a daddy? Strong as Superman/Make him ten feet tall, with a southern drawl and a crooked smile if you can/ ‘Cause I sure miss him/ Maybe you could bring him back?/ If I walked in with him, it’d sure make momma happy/ If you could build me a daddy,” Bryan croons throughout the heart-wrenching chorus.

“I’ve played this song for a lot of my hardcore buddies and it chokes them up,” Bryan previously shared of the song. “I think that’s the beauty of country music, to really make you feel emotional. I can’t wait to share my new song, ‘Build Me A Daddy,’ with you guys this Friday.”

“Build Me A Daddy” will be featured on Bryan’s forthcoming new album, Born Here, Live Here, Die HereScheduled to release on August 7, the album also features Bryan’s chart-topping hit “What She Wants Tonight” and his latest single, “One Margarita.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.