Prior to a No. 1 party on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 28) at the CMA offices, the two men reminisced about having a writing appointment already scheduled when they were asked if they’d consider bringing in Underwood that day.
However, an upbeat Underwood told the crowd, “I totally crashed their writing session.”
Dressed in a bright orange shirt and really short shorts, Underwood noted, “They were getting together for the day to write in L.A., and I just happened to be there with the day off. Never happens. So it was go shopping or go and write with these two — and I think I made the right decision.”
After chuckles from the crowd, she continued, “We had such a wonderful time writing this song. It came out so fast, and it was so fun. Chris can play anything … so pretty much by the end of the day, I walked out with a demo in my hand. Next thing you know, yes, it’s going on the album. Yes, it’s going to be our first single. And what a great start to this album. So I’m very appreciative of these two guys.”
Underwood’s speech came at the end of the party, after nearly an hour of commentary and stories from various publishers and organizations praising the productive trio.
At the podium, Underwood added, “Just listening to everybody’s stories about how we all got into this business and how we became writers and my story about how I tried out for American Idol and everything. … It’s so wonderful and funny and interesting and great how God takes us where we need to go and how we end up doing what we end up doing. We are all blessed for sure.”
Underwood went on to specifically thank her producer, publisher, management team and label.
“I’m just so appreciative of everybody in this room and the chance that we get to make music. This does not go unappreciated,” she said. “This is really special when a song gets to No. 1, and I know it’s great to hear all the stats and everything, but it really is special when it goes beyond that. For somebody to be able to make four albums — and I never thought I’d be doing this at all — it’s just really amazing. Thanks to everybody in this room because you guys are here for a reason. You support us and love us.”
After graciously thanking her co-writers, as well as their families and associates, Underwood closed her speech by cheerfully remarking, “Hopefully we can do this again sometime!”View photos from the No. 1 party.