Kix Brooks and American Country Countdown is on CISN Country 103.9 Edmonton and Country 105 Calgary Saturday’s 8am-Noon.
Matt Stell’s Prayed For You is #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart followed by ACC.
“As an artist and songwriter, this is always the goal you’re chasing. I’m really lucky to get to collaborate with my co-writers. Sharing this honor with them, as well as my Wide Open/RECORDS/Good Company/Arista Nashville team, makes it even sweeter.”
“I started playing music in college, and I started learning those songs that you learn on an acoustic guitar. It wasn’t too long after I could rub four chords together that I started writing songs, and I fell in love with the singer-songwriter thing. I think even before I would have admitted it to myself, that’s what I wanted to do.”
“The learning curve was so steep, because I started late and everybody was so good and I was not. There was a point where I knew that I was going to give this a real shot after college, but even from just when I started, I think I probably deep-down knew.”
Prayed For You is Matt’s first #1 on the Country Airplay chart. It’s also the first debut single from an artist to reach #1 in 2019. The last artist to achieve that feat was Jimmie Allen with Best Shot back in Nov 2018.
Prayed was written by Stell, his manager Ash Bowers and Allison Veltz from the EP Everywhere But On.
“We were waiting on Allison to get to the write. She was running a little behind and she called and said, Hey, I’m behind, but I got this title. She had just met who’s now her husband that week and she had this title, More than I can fathom, didn’t know you from Adam, but I prayed for you. We started writing it backwards from there and tried to infuse it with our own experiences and wrote a song about a character that’s a lot like me that’s way luckier than he deserves. The song, it’s about a relationship, but it’s also about persevering long enough to let good things happen, whether it’s a relationship or whether it’s a job or family or school.”
“I remember one of the first shows I ever played, there was a venue that opened up near my school that catered to Red Dirt or Texas country music. I think that was the first show that I ever had playing out live at a writers round type of thing playing original music. I remember that pretty vividly. It was pretty great, and I was hooked at that point.”
“We all come from so many influences that I feel like you can never tell where music or life will go, and that’s what I gravitate toward.”
Congrats to Keith Urban We Were is his 40th top 10 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
We Were was written by Eric Church, Ryan Tyndell and Jeff Hyde.
Keith Urban will perform during the halftime show of the 107th Grey Cup in Calgary Sunday Nov 24th.
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