Dustin Lynch Feat. MacKenzie Porter Thinking 'Bout You #1 on ACC with Kix Brooks

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Dustin Lynch Featuring MacKenzie Porter Thinking ‘Bout You is #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, followed by ACC.

Thinking ‘Bout You is Dustin’s 8th Billboard Country Airplay #1.

“I’d never had a legit collab on an album. We wrote Thinking ‘Bout You with that in mind. I just wanted to have that moment. It was kind of the time in my career to do a collab, share a song and a stage with someone.”
Dustin Lynch on singing partner MacKenzie Porter.
“She’s a great songwriter, a great singer, she’s got amazing tone, and it’s very accessible and special, and unique, and identifiable and she’s a great actress she does it all well. She makes me look bad.”

Dustin Lynch co-wrote Thinking ‘Bout You with Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps, and Will Weatherly for his fourth album, Tullahoma.

“We were in between tour stops on the Thomas Rhett Tour, and I think we were doing a festival in Ohio. I had taken a bus of songwriters out with me, and I had this idea of two ex-lovers talking again. We got to talking about it and how we could write it and not make it feel weird and came up with the idea of a phone conversation. It just fell out from there. Each song is a connection with memories. When we got back to town we maybe rewrote a thing or two and then did the vocal. I had that gut feeling that it was special.”

MacKenzie Porter received word Dustin Lynch was looking for a female vocalist to be featured on his song Thinking ‘Bout You. The original version from Dustin’s LP Tullahoma featured Lauren Alaina; due to timing issues with Alaina, Lynch opted to re-record the song in order to send it to country radio.

“He did a blind audition process and I was one of the people asked to audition for it. Me and my producer put a vocal down and sent it in.”

A few days later, Lynch left Porter a voicemail, officially inviting her to be part of the song.

“I still have that voicemail saved, and this whole ride has been truly a dream. It was the perfect thing to get my name out there without physically going anywhere because no one could tour. It was the perfect storm.”

Dustin Lynch and MacKenzie Porter sang their #1 song Thinking ‘Bout You at the CCMA Awards in London, Ontario, November 29, 2021.

“It’s one of those songs that just continues to surprise and to have a partner in crime on this climb has been fun, because when it first started out, MacKenzie’s like Hey, I’ve never really done this in the states is this going well? And I’m like ‘MacKenzie this doesn’t happen to me. This song is a rocket ship. This thing is growing huge, and it’s proven itself to continue to grow and really change our careers in a lot of ways.”

“The accessibility to her vocal is major. There is a difference in performing and projecting the character. MacKenzie has an awesome tone and the tone was what made her audition special. Not everyone has that, it’s not taught, you have to have something unique that stands out, and she has that quality in her vocal. I think it is important to have a vocal for radio so people can relate to songs easier.”

Backstage at the CCMA Awards, Dustin Lynch revealed he just turned in his upcoming 5th LP last week.

It will include at least three collaborations including his new #1 with MacKenzie Porter.

The music video shoot was only the third time Dustin Lynch and MacKenzie Porter had been together in person.

“In front of the camera, MacKenzie is a pro. I was sitting there watching the monitor going, Oh man, I got my work cut out for me. But we had a blast, and she’s a great sport. I think my favorite part about that day was just getting to spend time with MacKenzie and watch her do her thing and shine.”

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