Billy Currington Wanted to Release a Different Single Than “Hey Girl”

Song is Billy’s eighth No. 1.

photo by Elissa C. Newland

After a relatively quiet stretch of time, Billy Currington returned to the spotlight earlier in 2013 with “Hey Girl,” which recently went on to become his eighth No. 1 single.

Amazingly, the song—which appears on his album We Are Tonight—wasn’t Billy’s first choice to release as a single.

Billy revealed the news at the No. 1 party for “Hey Girl,” held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Nashville’s CMA headquarters to celebrate his recording with producer Dann Huff and the work of songwriters Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano.

“I actually was begging for another song,” he said as he acknowledged his record label president Mike Dungan. “He respectfully listened to me for a while, and chose this one.” Billy laughed, admitting, “Looking back, it was the best choice for the single.”

The songwriters all praised Billy’s effortless vocal performance and Dann’s production. Billy thanked his grandmother—who was present for the occasion—and recalled being drawn to the song from the first listen, believing it would be a hit no matter who recorded it. “[I thought] they could give this song to anybody in this town!” he said.
 

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