behind the song
When Jaren Johnston, Tom Douglas and Jeffrey Steele initially wrote the ACM Award-nominated song “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” they never intended for it to be a duet.
Sometimes all it takes for a hit song is writing it with your friends.
“It’s drama, and it’s dark,” said Underwood about “Two Black Cadillacs,” her ACM Award-nominated song. And, she added, “you have to listen to the whole thing,” because you’ll be “sucked in.”
Some songs can take a bit of time to really sink in and win over fans as well as the artists. That wasn’t the case, though, with “Mine Would Be You,” the No. 1 hit from Blake Shelton.
“She couldn’t even say it — she couldn’t say ‘I drive his truck.’ She was like, ‘no, I don’t want to do it today.’ And I was like, ‘oh yeah we are!'”
Songwriter Chase Rice and both Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line go ‘behind the song’ and talk about the origins of FGL’s first No. 1 hit “Cruise,” which has been nominated for Two ACM Awards.
“It was our first single for our sophomore release, which some say is the most scrutinized piece of music an artist ever puts out,” Kimberly Perry told Radio.com. Now the video for the song has been nominated for an ACM Award.
Songwriter Jimmy Robbins and singer Keith Urban talk about the origins of “We Were Us,” the No. 1 duet between Urban and Miranda Lambert that has been nominated for Vocal Event of the Year at the ACM Awards.
“‘Boys Round Here’ pretty much represents who I am as a human being,” Shelton said of his ACM Award-nominated hit. Songwriter Dallas Davidson and producer Scott Hendricks offer details on the story behind the song.
“I feel like women in my grandmother’s generation were expected to put on a pretty face and not really show their crazy sides,” Kacey Musgraves said, describing the ideas behind the three-time ACM-Award nominated song she cowrote with Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally. “Now, it’s a bit different.”