Want Your Song to Top the Country Charts? Call Billy Currington
10/16/2014 AT 04:45 PM EDT
"After the show I introduced myself to one of the writers, Marc Beeson," Currington recalled Wednesday at a Nashville party to celebrate his ninth career No. 1, "We Are Tonight." "I loved what he was singing and I told him that one day, if things worked out for me, I would love to cut one of his songs. Marc, I'm sorry it took so long but I'm glad it happened for us both!"
So is Beeson, who co-wrote the tune with Josh Osborne and Sam Hunt, whose first single, "Leave The Night On," is surging up the country charts.
In fact, Currington might just be a good luck charm for talented young songwriters aspiring to be country superstars: Eight years ago he took a song co-written by a new-to-Nashville writer to the top of the charts.
"When Luke Bryan came to town, he was doing what a lot of us do when we first come here, pitching the songs we'd like to keep for ourselves to other artists so we can make a living," Currington said. "I remember those days having to give up songs I really loved to pay the bills. When Luke co-wrote 'Good Directions' he didn't even have a record deal. I don't know if he wanted to keep that song for himself, but he was kind enough to let us have it."
Hunt, whose first No. 1 as a writer was for the 2012 Kenny Chesney hit "Come Over," had no regrets on "We Are Tonight." "I love the songwriting process and that the songwriting evolves with me as I live out more life experiences," he said. "I don't hold onto songs, I think they end up where they belong and I'm glad this one ended up with Billy."