The first single was the title track, and â€œDon’t You Wanna Stayâ€ hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Singles Chart and on the iTunes Top 10 Country Singles.
But who decided that a particular cut should be the first song getting special treatment?
â€œI get to pick the singles,â€ Aldean said in a phone interview.
â€œFor the most part I have to say my label has been really good in trusting my opinions and my instincts and allowing me to be an artist, which is something I think a lot of labels don’t do these days. It’s worked out very well.â€
Aldean said that songwriter friend Jason Sellers pitched â€œDon’t You Wanna Stayâ€ to him. It wasn’t written as a duet but when Sellers sang it for him, he knew he wanted to put it on his record.
â€œThe more I listened to it driving in my car â€¦ the more I thought it was written perfectly for a duet. I really had never done a duet,â€ he said.
The next step had Aldean calling his record producer, Michael Knox, and asking him to turn the song into a duet. Knox asked Aldean who, if anyone, he had in mind.
â€œI said somebody like Kelly Clarkson, somebody out of the box. Not a country artist but somebody people would not be hearing on country radio,â€ he said.
At that point, Aldean’s managers got involved. His people sent her people a copy of the song. Clarkson’s response was that she’d love to do the song with Aldean.
â€œI met her for the first time in the studio recording the song. It was great,â€ he said.
Aldean is the headliner at a concert Saturday, April 9, at the Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque Presents the Pavilion.
He said that he works with Knox on choosing the songs for each album.
â€œHe and I have been working together for about 12 years. We have a really good relationship. He has a really good grasp on what I like to record. He weeds through (possible songs), sends those to me and I pick things out of there that I love,â€ Aldean said.
Cutline – Country star Jason Aldean makes a stop Saturday in Albuquerque.