Monroe admits that when she sat down to write her new single, “On to Something Good,” Crow’s sound is exactly what she was after.
“I really wanted to challenge myself,” Monroe told Billboard. “I tried to think of some Sheryl Crow songs I love that are up-tempo and make you feel good. I love those songs. I’ve just never written one.”
The song she ended up with after that inspiration is one she says is a happy-sounding song.
“I really think it’s important to express hope to people — and to myself — that if you’re alive and breathing, you’re doing so for a reason, even if you’ve been through hell in the past. I think it’s a way to say, ’Keep going.’ I love the line, ’I’m better dancing when I don’t look down.’ Just live. Don’t overanalyze,” she said.
And maybe her cheery new outlook is due in part to Blake Shelton. When their recent collaboration on “Lonely Tonight” hit No. 1, Shelton texted her right away to let her know, typing, “We’re number one. Carry on.”