‘Before He Cheats’ Was Not Written for Carrie Underwood: How the Smash Country Hit Ended Up in Her Hands

by Jeremy Spirogis
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“Before He Cheats,” Carrie Underwood’s large 2006 nation and pop hit unquestionably grew to become the track most listeners related to the American Idol champion.

The track, nonetheless, nearly went to a different large nation music identify.

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‘Before He Cheats’ was written for Gretchen Wilson

According to the writers of “Before He Cheats,” their track was initially meant for Grammy Award successful singer Gretchen Wilson.

Wilson, who was a giant identify in nation music in her personal proper, with the chart-topping “Redneck Woman” and its equally profitable album, Here for the Party, was the meant singer for the track a few girl taking motion after being wronged.

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The track’s composers Chris Tompkins and Josh Kear instructed The Boot in 2014 that the hit single was written in a formidable two hours and with Wilson initially in thoughts.

While the writing crew wished Wilson, Country Music Nation reported that the track’s producers thought Carrie Underwood may give the track the fireplace it wanted.

“At the time, Gretchen Wilson was going in to record,” Tompkins instructed The Boot. “After her first record, everybody wanted to have a song on that second record, and I was trying to think of edgy stuff. I never would’ve thought that Carrie Underwood would record it! I went into my office that morning and began typing lyrics … not even picking up a guitar or a pen or anything … and I typed up that first verse.”

‘Before He Cheats’ did very properly for Carrie Underwood

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If successful the title of American Idol didn’t get Carrie Underwood seen, “Before He Cheats” did the trick. The third single from Underwood’s debut album Some Hearts, “Before He Cheats” proved Underwood had singing chops and star energy.

The empowering tune ended up incomes RIAA certification as a Double-Platinum Digital Single, with two million bought downloads. It was the primary nation single to take action.

The track additionally earned Carrie Underwood a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and the songwriting crew a Grammy for Best Country Song.

What occurred to Gretchen Wilson?

The nation music star launched studio albums from 2004 to 2017 and loved huge success nevertheless it appears to have arrived too shortly and too intensely.

The 47-year-old regarded again with The Boot in 2017 at her fame and the conclusion that she merely wasn’t prepared for it.

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“I spent my whole life looking for that moment, but as prepared as I thought I was, I wasn’t,” Wilson mentioned. “It happened so fast. I had a major label deal at the time, and I think that they thought that I was the next Shania Twain.”

“I feel like everything got wore out, not just vocally, but I, just physically, got wore out, and I needed a little time off,” she mentioned. “How fortunate am I? Not too many people get to go, ‘I’m going to stay home with my kid for two years’ — not a lot of people get to do that — so I feel very fortunate that I got to do that.”

Wilson launched her personal document label, Redneck Records, signed artist Jessie G., and reportedly appears to have settled properly into her new function as businesswoman.

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