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Billy Currington’s new album, We Are Tonight, hits stores Sept. 17 and marks his first new release in three years—an unusually long gap in country music.
Truthfully, Billy had been hard at work on the new album for some time and had many of the songs—like first single “Hey Girl”—ready to go. But his record label was undergoing some personnel changes and he just couldn’t seem to find that perfect last song to turn it all in.
So he turned to his pal, songwriter Shy Carter, the man responsible for co-writing hits like Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue.” Together, they found inspiration in an empty box while Billy was visiting Shy in Los Angeles.
”He was like, ‘How’s your album coming along?’ and I was like, ‘Man, I’ve got nine songs complete that I love but I’m missing one song,’” recalls Billy, and Shy came to the rescue with one of his own. “He was like, ‘Remember that song “Hallelujah”? Let’s record that right now.’”
In the studio with them was an empty Apple computer box, which proved to be instrumental (pun intended) in building the funky track.
“We grabbed that box and started setting the beat down, setting the groove with the box, and then went behind it and added some more beats, started singing, just built it from there,” explains Billy.
“By about 4 o’clock in the morning we were done with ‘Hallelujah’ and I was like, ‘Man, that’s it, that’s what I was looking for, right there.’ I turned it in with the rest of the project the next week and had a complete album, 10 songs.”
Find out more about Billy’s new album and his laid-back lifestyle in the Sept. 23 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.