Billy Currington, ‘Hey Girl’ – Lyrics Uncovered
Billy Currington‘s smooth voice makes his latest song sound totally original. But there are actually three songwriters behind the ‘Hey Girl’ lyrics — the first single from an album that Currington promises to release this summer.
Rhett Akins, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano make up the trio who co-wrote the lovelorn lines and easy beat of ‘Hey Girl.’ Akins has proven country music writing experience, and he’s had a particularly good run on the charts lately, with hits for the likes of Blake Shelton, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore and others. But when he teamed up with Gorley and DeStefano, they combined DeStafano’s pop experience with Akins and Gorley’s country music chops to write a beat-driven country song.
“I knew Ashley. I had been friends with him, and we had always wanted to write together. I just met Chris the week before. He lives in L.A. and was flying back and forth to Nashville,” Akins recalls to Roughstock. “He had written a bunch of songs for Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and he had a lot of pop success. When I met him the week before, I said, ‘Are we going to write a pop song? Something for Kelly Clarkson?’ He goes, ‘No, I want to write a country song.’ I didn’t really know how it was going to go.”
When the three songwriters sat down to write together, it went easier than anyone could have guessed. Gorley already picked out the title, and DeStefano had picked out a melody. All that was left to do was come up with great ‘Hey Girl’ lyrics.
In the end, they settled on telling the story of a guy seeing a beautiful girl in a bar and being too tongue-tied to try any smooth lines on her.
The last line of the song, “You’re lookin’ so fine / got me all tongue tied / And the only line I can think to say is / Hey girl,” pretty much sums it up!
Once ‘Hey Girl’ was finished, Brian Wright from Universal heard it and immediately wanted Currington to sing it.
“It wasn’t my first thought, because it didn’t sound like the songs that Billy had been doing,” Akins admitted. “Billy’s pretty country, and this song has a little more pop flavor to it because of Chris, obviously. But Brian Wright fought and fought and fought for this song. He said, ‘I’m going to do everything I can to get Billy Currington to cut this song.’ And he did! Here we are, it’s his first single.”