After teasing his next single on social media, Noah Thompson is officially out with his newest track “Make You Rich.” The reigning American Idol winner has also dropped the accompanying video for the tune. And it’s bound to make hearts melt everywhere!
Penned by Jason Nix, Craig Wiseman, and Driver Williams, “Make You Rich” is all about showing gratitude for whatever life brings and paying it forward whenever possible. Thankful for his own upbringing, Thompson sends a message that no matter how rich one becomes, it’s always important to value the simple things in life and stay humble.
“Be a better man than the old man was / Give a damn when nobody else does / Love your woman like you’re paid to / Like you ain’t afraid to / Like she was made for you / Be a good friend when a good friend needs it / Have a little faith when no one believes it / When it comes to love I’ll tell you this / You’ve got to give it like the givens gonna make you rich,” Thompson sings over a catchy chorus that features, electric guitars, banjos, keyboards, bass, and percussion.
“I’m from a small town in Eastern Kentucky and didn’t grow up with much,” Thompson said of the track in a press release. “I’ve learned to value my friends and family so much more than the materialistic things we can have in life. I joke that I’m just a simple guy. I’ve also learned, even when life is tough, the more you give, and the more you love, the richer you are, and that is the whole meaning behind ‘Make You Rich.'”
For the video, Thompson returned to his stomping grounds in Louisa, Kentucky. The opening scene finds him walking through the streets of where he grew up and paying attention to his name painted on various buildings. Sharing his love for those who supported his journey in music, Thompson mouths out the lyrics that tout staying humble and being grateful for the people that surrounded him growing up.
Thompson’s little boy, Walker, also makes a cameo in the clip, walking hand-in-hand with his dad in a field. Thompson opened up about his role as a first-time dad, during his run on American Idol, often telling viewers “I want my son to see that I am chasing my dreams, and I want him to know he can chase his too. I want to give my son a better life.”
With that said, including his toddler in tow for the video made for a fitting touch to a tribute to Thompson’s hometown.
Before releasing his new song and video, Thompson shared a sneak peek of the track and had fans guessing the title of it on his Instagram page.
“If y’all have been to my live shows you may know this song… any guesses? Leave them in the comments! #countrymusic #newmusic,” he wrote alongside a photo featuring him as a child with a guitar in hand.
Thompson later shared more snippets of the tune and the cover art for the song leading up to its release. On drop day, he posted a lengthy note on Instagram, explaining the reason why he chose ‘Make You Rich’ as his next release.
“After American Idol ended, my team came to me with the idea of singing on this song, ‘Make You Rich.’ I was very excited about it because, during the show, I was pitched plenty of songs to use as my single, which ended up being, ‘One Day Tonight.’ I had to make a hard decision between these two songs. I loved the message that ‘Make You Rich’ gave but I also loved the catchiness to ‘One Day Tonight,’” he wrote. “So that being said, I’m very happy for you all to finally hear this song. I hope you enjoy it, and the message it gives. This song is not about how much money you make or the things that you have. It’s about family, friends, being surrounded by your loved ones, and all the simplest things in life that make you happy. Let me know in the comment section what makes you feel rich? Hope you guys enjoy it. Love y’all.”
Before nabbing his American Idol victory, Thompson almost didn’t compete in the popular reality singing competition. But, thanks to his buddy Arthur, who signed him up, he could blind audition with “Giving You Up” by Kameron Marlowe. Thompson won over viewers with his genuine personality and kind demeanor, beating out fellow contender and finalist HunterGirl.
Thompson and HunterGirl have remained good friends since competing on American Idol. And fans can look forward to seeing them soon as they’re about to take the road for their first-ever co-headlining Fall 2022 tour. The trek kicks off on Oct. 27 in Columbus, Ohio.
Oct. 27 / Columbus, OH / Bluestone
Oct. 28 / Rosemont, IL / Joe’s Live
Oct. 29 / Kansas City, MO / Uptown Theater
Nov. 17 / Warrendale, PA / Jergels
Nov. 18 / Cincinnati, OH / Lori’s Roadhouse
Nov. 19 / Indianapolis, IN / Deluxe
Dec. 1 / Lexington, KY / Manchester Music Hall
Dec 2 / St Louis, MO / The Hawthorn