Oliver Pigott takes listeners on a journey of self-reflection in his new single and video Eyes My Daddy Gave Me — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Drawing from his personal life and journeyman experience, the Toronto-born, Nashville-based folk and soul artist has penned an Americana-inspired song that transcends genres, offering listeners a soulful look at life’s trials and triumphs. The lyrics, which speak to the importance of fatherhood, resilience, and the light within, resonate with authenticity and universal themes.
“The first song I wrote on American soil was Eyes My Daddy Gave Me,” Pigott says. “As a new father of twin sons, I was aware of the responsibility that lay before me to guide them and lead the way.” This sentiment forms the emotional core of the song, making it a touching tribute to the transformative power of fatherhood.
“I was away in the thick of the winter
Forgot to pray for my brother and sister
I let my heart lead the darkness to break me but
I see the light now, I see with the eyes my daddy gave me.”
The song’s genesis was particularly poignant for Pigott. “Having lost my father to cancer when I was eight, music was my way of remaining connected to his musical spirit,” he revealed. It was in a quiet moment of reflection that the idea for the song emerged. “Sharing what I had with my wife, she encouraged me to highlight the line Eyes My Daddy Gave Me. Within 30 minutes, the song emerged,” he added.