Pete Yorn premiered the video for his new single “I Wanna Be the One” on Thursday (May 14), exclusively to Billboard.
In the black-and-white clip filmed by his wife Beth, Yorn takes a quiet stroll with his young daughter, exploring the beach and adorably embracing on a deserted golf course. “I wanna be the one to watch you/ I wanna be the one to talk you through/ Can’t think of anything else I ever wanted to do/ I wanna be the one,” the rocker intones on the chorus over gently dancing guitar and steady percussion.
“When my first and only daughter Bee was born, people were immediately asking me how it had changed my songwriting. I didn’t have an answer; I wasn’t even writing at the time,” Yorn tells Billboard. “Then around the time she was nine or 10 months old, we were sitting home alone, just her and I on her play mat and she sat up, and I remember just thinking, ‘I want to be the one to watch you. I want be the one to be there for you and to just be the best I can be for you in this new role.’ It also extends beyond just being a parent in that there’s this desire to show up for everyone in my life. And to be present and make a real connection.”
“I Wanna Be the One” serves as the latest single off the alt-rocker’s 2019 LP Caretakers. Yorn’s eighth studio album also features lead single “Calm Down,” which peaked at No. 6 on Billboard‘s Adult Alternative Songs chart upon its release, giving the singer-songwriter his first Top 10 hit on the tally since 2009’s “Don’t Wanna Cry.”
Get a first look at the video for “I Wanna Be the One” below.