Billy Currington’s Hidden Stash of Songs

“I don’t know what you would actually call these songs,” says Billy.

photo by Glen Rose/UMG Nashville

Call it hip-hop . . . or call it R&B . . . or, heck, you might even call it country.

Billy Currington just calls it really good music.

“I don’t know what you would actually call these songs,” Billy told us this week as he prepared to embark on his We Are Tonight Tour with supporting acts Brett Eldredge and Chase Rice. “All I know is that I have over 20 songs recorded with [songwriter/producer] Shy Carter. I can’t wait to finish up that project with him and get some of those songs out there so the world can hear them.”

Most known in the country music industry for his work on the 2010 Sugarland hit “Stuck on You,” Shy most recently collaborated with Billy on the last track of the We Are Tonight album. “Writing songs in L.A. versus writing in Nashville is just a whole different deal,” explains Billy. “We were just messing around in the studio, and that’s how that song [‘Hallelujah’] came to be. There was no intention of it even making the record, but it found its way on . . . and I’m sure glad it did.”

It’s not the first time Billy has pushed the envelope with new producers and new sounds. The sound of his latest single, “We Are Tonight,” for example, came as a result of working with producer extraordinaire Dann Huff for the first time. “I not only thank Dan Huff for finding ‘We Are Tonight’ in the first place, but he definitely gave it that amped-up, rock feel that I really wanted,” he says. “It may sound a little different than what people are used to, but I think it turned out perfectly. I can’t wait to get on the road and have that one sung back to me by the crowd.”

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