Brad Paisley Gets Framed

Brad opens up about the inspiration for "The Mona Lisa" in new CW issue.

Brad Paisley took a side trip to Paris during an overseas tour, and a song idea was born. The tune turned out to be Brad’s current single, “The Mona Lisa,” inspired by the timeless da Vinci painting that Brad viewed in Paris’ famed Louvre museum. Brad reveals the story behind the song in the March 17 issue of Country Weekly.

“I have read a lot about da Vinci,” Brad explains, “and I wanted to see that piece in real life. It’s unlike any other work in the history of painted art.” Brad got to thinking about the frame that holds one of the world's greatest treasures, and kept that idea on file. He and co-writer Chris DuBois turned the idea into a song about the joy of first love. “What I like about the song is that it’s jubilant,” Brad says.

Brad also sings the praises of his actress wife, Kimberly Wiliams-Paisley, and talks about his appearances on the TV series Nashville, in which Kimberly had a recurring role. “I’ve done it when they’ve asked me,” Brad tells Country Weekly. “The first time I sang with [series star] Connie Britton and that was fun.”

For more on Brad, pick up the March 17 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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