Mt. Pleasant High featured in new Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift video

Maury County’s Mt. Pleasant High School continues to make its mark on screen, this time in Ed Sheeran’s latest music video for his trending new track with Taylor Swift, “The Joker and the Queen.”

The video was released on Youtube on Thursday and garnered over 2.7 million views within 24 hours of its release. It highlights scenes shot in the local high school’s music room, gymnasium, and classrooms, as well as its exterior.

The production is a moving continuation of the two immensely popular musicians’ debut collaboration, “Everything Has Changed,” released in 2012 on Swift’s 2012 album “Red.”

The video continues the narrative of the first version portraying the same actors forming a love bond as elementary school students now as isolated students.

The song was originally released on Sheeran’s 2021 album “=” and has now been re-released as a single with Swift sharing lead vocals.

“It’s no secret that producers and directors partner with The Mount when they want world-class visuals and creative directors who can see their vision,” said Ryan Jackson, director of the school. “I’m really proud of the students they’re going wild with today and being all about it. It’s just all the buzz. They can be proud of it. »

“It’s undeniable,” Jackson added. “It’s something the kids can hang their hats on and be really proud of.”

The video’s director, Emil Nava, spent time with the students, sharing his experiences in the film and music industries.

Ed Sheeran, left, takes the stage in London in 2014 with close friend and collaborator Taylor Swift.

The British chef-turned-director launched his career with the song “Do It Like A Dude” by Jessie J.

He has made over 100 videos in collaboration with Post Malone, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Jonas, Dua Lipa, Selena Gomez, TI and Pharrell and Rihanna.

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“It’s not every day that an international music video director, having recently completed production on a major project, talks to our students about navigating a career in showbiz, working hard to get there and still harder when you get there,” Jackson said. “It was a great opportunity for the children. He’s super genuine and real and talked about his work ethic and the importance of choosing your own path.

Music video director Emil Nava chats with Mt. Pleasant High School principal Ryan Jackson and student Trevarius Strayhorn.

Jackson said Nava opened up to students about the power of hard work and overcoming what seem like insurmountable odds.

“Seeing someone from humble beginnings work with the greatest artists on the planet gives our students food for thought.”

Mt. Pleasant has been the subject of a handful of major music videos in recent years.

RCA Nashville country-pop singer Kane Brown used Mt. Pleasant’s main street as the centerpiece of his uplifting 2020 track “Worldwide Beautiful.”

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The video, directed by Alex Alvga, was shot in August with support from the city and its police and fire departments as part of a tight turnaround by Demasiado Productions.

Other artists, including Jake Owen, Judah and the Lion, Colt Ford, Mason Ramsey and Eric Church, have all featured Mt. Pleasant and its high school in their music videos.

“This one is special,” Jackson said. “This one is on a whole other level. It’s a cool song and a great video. It’s a bona fide part of our reputation that Mt. Pleasant is artist-friendly and we’re part of this community that is all about entrepreneurship. I think it’s just proving to this community that anything is possible and just hanging in there because you don’t know what’s going to happen next.

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