Dierks Bentley's newest single, "Riser", is one of the most moving and serious songs he has ever released. Its message of perseverance has connected with many country fans and helped spur a rapid climb up the charts. For the song's video, Bentley went a step further in telling the story of individuals who are fighting each day just to get by.
Bentley was initially inspired to make the video when he saw a 60 Minutes segment following a group of families forced to live out of their cars. Wes Edwards, the music video's director, decided to focus the storyline around a woman named Amy, whom he met through Nashville's Safe Haven program. The program helps needy families get off the streets and into safe housing.
The black and white video follows a reenactment of Amy's true story, as she struggles to take care of her two children while homeless. It shows the difficult reality for many parents that comes with trying to find adequate housing while also caring for others.
It's a powerful video that spotlights an important social cause. Bentley says he will use the video to help promote Safe Haven and the positive work the program does for those fighting for a second chance.