It may be the true story of how he met his wife, but Chad Brock says the song “Yes!” doesn’t really belong to him at this point.
“It’s not so much about me and Martie anymore, it’s about everybody now, because everybody’s relating to it,” he said.
Brock gathered with friends, family and his record label (Warner Bros.) Tuesday (July 18) at the BMI building on Music Row to celebrate his second No. 1 song, which held the top spot on the Billboard country singles chart for three weeks in a row. He arrived a few minutes late, having just played the Tuesday matinee at the Grand Ole Opry.
“This is strange to me,” Brock told country.com upon seeing the packed party room. “I’ve been to these things for eight or nine years. It’s very humbling to be a part of this and to see all the people you’ve worked with and known. They’re all here to go, ‘Hey man, way to go.’”
The singer was quick to share the glory with his co-writers, Stephony Smith and Jim Collins. During a writing session, Brock told them the story of how he met his then-girlfriend after she moved into his old apartment. The three wrote the song in just a few hours.
“I couldn’t have done it without Stephony and Jim,” Brock explained. “I mean, my writing skills are OK, but theirs are much better.”
Smith, who also penned the Tim McGraw-Faith Hill megahit “It’s Your Love,” publicly thanked Brock’s wife, Martie, for the inspiration.
“It was really quite a day when we wrote the song,” Smith told the crowd. “Martie had lunch with us, and we had a verse and a chorus. We told her what was going on in the song. Then, we decided to marry them off in the second verse, and it worked!”
EMI Music Publishing also recognized Martie by giving her a plaque to mark the achievement. Her husband then threw the spotlight on her even more by announcing that it was her birthday and leading the crowd in a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Martie, a petite blond who was featured in the music video for the song, has become somewhat of a celebrity in her own right.
“People recognize her now, but she’s not trying to be the star or anything,” her husband said.
The song has, however, sparked a trend at Brock’s concerts. Several fans have asked to use the tune to propose to their girlfriends during the show.
“I’ve done a few things onstage, where I’ve brought up folks and given them the mic,” Brock said. “I’ve said, ‘Okay, you wanted me to do this’ and handed the microphone to the guy. And nervous! Oh my gosh, they’re so nervous. This one guy was just shaking, but she said ‘Yes,’ so we kicked right into “Yes!”
Although celebrating his latest success, Brock already was talking about his next single, “The Visit,” which was shipped to radio on Monday. George Jones recorded the song for his 1993 album, High-Tech Redneck.
“The first time I heard this song, it reminded me of ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’ It had that much power and that much passion,” Brock said. “It was kinda strange because when you hear the first two verses you think, ‘What a jerk!’ Then it twists so hard at the end … it has brought grown men to tears.”