I meant to post this yesterday but I was starting to get ill and went home to sleep to try to fend off the cold. I feel much better this morning so I can finish this!
For those of you who had hoped for tidy 30-minute results shows, Fox is ignoring you. The Benjamins beckon, meaning one-hour results shows and for you DVR users, a happy excuse to fast forward. That hard working MJ has the entire schedule listed here.
I finally caught up with Chris Sligh Wednesday, the from-the-hip season six contestant who actually reads this blog. (Yes, he is still the only one I know who does. He even made a comment about my Nadia Turner interview last week.)
Sligh got great news last week when he found out Rascal Flatts was using his co-written song “Here Comes Goodbye” as its first single. It’s already getting some airplay on country radio. Rascal Flatts is one of a handful of country acts virtually guaranteed a top 10 single no matter what they release. Four of the act’s past seven singles have gone No. 1.
From a financial standpoint, getting songwriter credit for a huge hit song is a boon. (Just ask Ace Young for “Feels Like Tonight”). This might be the case for Sligh as well.
The song was just shipped to radio and has already started getting airplay. It’s a weepy ballad, about a guy who anticipates his gal breaking up with him and thinking about how miserable he’s going to be when she’s gone. It is a pretty song, even though it’s not really my taste. (I’m not a big Rascal Flatts fan.)
Sligh, who now lives in Nashville, wrote it with Clint Lagerberg, the man he wrote his own Christian hit “Empty Me” with. He said they wrote the song with Rascal Flatts in mind. “We knew they were going in the studio last year,” he said. “They’re pretty much the biggest act out there in country. Let’s try to write something and see what happens.”
He said he figured it was a major long shot. And Sligh admits country is not his favorite genre. “The fact it’s really about just great pop songs,” he said. “Then you can make them as country as you want. We came away from this song thinking it could be a hit.”
Lagerberg, he said, had a list of Rascal Flatts songs and they worked on titles that could work. “Here Comes Goodbye” came up and they fleshed out the concept. “Let’s treat goodbye as a person,” he said.
In the end, they figured, “women are going to love this.” (And women are the core fans of Rascal Flatts.). They had a guy Sean McConnell sing the song and sent it to Rascal Flatts management. The label heard it and put it “on hold.” That means they can get first dibs on it.
Several months passed and then they heard the band had cut the song. Then they found out last week it was going to be the first single. “It’s very rare in this town for unknown writers to get the first single,” Sligh said. “We’ve gotten a lot of press because of me being on ‘American Idol.’ In reality, nobody know who I am as a writer and nobody cares. I haven’t proven myself. This will be a chance to prove myself.”
Sligh is happy with his own career, the fact his first album has sold 46,000 copies and he got a top 10 hit out of “Empty Me.” “I’m like a kid in a candy store,” he said. “I get to do music all the time. It’s seriously the greatest thing.”
He is a bit flummoxed why his second single “Arise” hasn’t done well. He really thought it could be a hit and almost made it the first single. “But as I played it in shows, man, people didn’t respond to it the way I thought they would. Then radio programmers haven’t responded either. Man, is this one of those songs that falls between the cracks and doesn’t quite connect?” A third single is forthcoming, one to pop and one to Christian rock.
Sligh really went out and made things happen. He noted that’s not the case with every “Idol.” He said he has encouraged Gina Glocksen to get moving and they’ve written six songs together. “You’ve got to chase this down,” he said. “Finally, she’s caught the dream. She’s really working hard.”
Sure, there are likely to still be plenty of haters for this song but in the end, I haven’t enjoyed a Rascal Flatts single like this in quite a few years. It is much better than anything on the trio’s previous album, “Still Feels Good” and I can see why the trio took a chance on a couple of unknown writers (Yes, I know Sligh was on American Idol, for what? A minute?). If this single isn’t a huge hit on multiple radio charts, I’d be shocked.
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