How Karen Waldrup Landed Her Lori McKenna Ballad

Lee Ann Womack Hit Made the Connection

It takes a certain acumen to write fiction. That’s why rising artist Karen Waldrup from Mandeville, La. relies on music’s best hit-makers to help her interpret and perform songs that she hasn’t lived yet.

Her latest release, “Sometimes He Does,” is a Lori McKenna original song that lists various gestures of love that a significant other would do every day in an ideal world. But there’s no such thing as a perfect world, so their better half stays anyway.

Waldrup came to record the song for her latest album Justified through her work with Mark Sanders, a co-writer on Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”

“After my version of ‘I Hope You Dance’ went viral online and hit more than 25 million views,” Waldrup tells, “he asked me to sing it with him at Tin Pan South. As we were visiting, he asked if there were any Lori McKenna songs I’d want to record. I started laughing because I didn’t think there was a chance I could ever record ‘Sometimes He Does.’ He texted her and told her how much I love the song, and she messaged back right away that she was thankful and would love if I recorded it.”

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