Who Wrote It? – Chris Sligh and Rascal Flatts, “Here Comes Goodbye”

Chris Sligh and Rascal Flatts

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In season 6 of American Idol, a guy named Chris Sligh became a top ten finalist before he was eliminated. His choice of songs during the competition always stuck out to me as being so insanely unique. Covers of dc Talk, MuteMath and Ray LaMontagne? Who else has the guts to sing dc Talk on American Idol!? To this day, no other American Idol contestant has stuck in my head as much as this guy.

Chris Sligh covers dc Talk‘s ‘Wanna Be Loved’

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Shortly after his stint with American Idol, Chris signed a solo deal with an independent record label based out of Atlanta. He released the album ‘Running Back to You‘ in 2008 which managed to reach #6 on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs Charts. For the next year, he toured around the country with over 115 shows!

This is where it gets interesting. In April 2009, Chris sat down with songwriter Clint Lagersberg and wrote the track “Here Comes Goodbye”. The country band Rascal Flatts heard the song, put it “on hold” and chose to record it for their upcoming album. Twelve weeks after their album’s release, “Here Comes Goodbye” went #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Charts!

I love this success story so much because it proves that you don’t have to buy into the hype of American Idol to achieve your dreams. He sang what he wanted, he wasn’t ashamed of his faith and he never gave up. I would attempt to explain Chris’ entire songwriting process for “Here Comes Goodbye”, but his blog explains it perfectly. I remember sitting in my friend’s house in 2007 watching the American Idol auditions and saying “This dude is gonna win!”. Well, I wasn’t quite right BUT, if he would’ve won would he ever have been able to write such an incredible track like “Here Comes Goodbye”? OR would he have been so caught up in contract fine print that he would’ve just put out another rushed and overproduced American Idol winner album? We’ll never know. Does it even matter? This guy proved that you don’t need huge record labels and teams of songwriters and producers to pump out a hit. Instead, he relied on his faith and his talent.

Chris Sligh “Here Comes Goodbye”
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Rascal Flatts “Here Comes Goodbye”

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‘The Band Perry’ slapped me in the face (and I liked it)

The Band Perry

In 2008, Bob Doyle (Manager of Garth Brooks) helped a Mississippi family trio record a few tracks for their new album.  Doyle was so impressed that within a year he managed to help them land a major Nashville record deal. The Band Perry’s first single “Hip to My Heart” peaked at number 20 on the “Billboard Country Songs Chart” soon after its release.  A few months later, they released the single “If I Die Young” (written entirely by lead singer Kimberly Perry).  It managed to reach #1 on the the country music charts and crossed over onto “Billboard’s Hot 100” chart (#19).  After their quick rise to stardom, I was curious to see whether or not they could maintain their momentum with another hit single. In January they released “You Lie”, a track written by The Henningsens.  “You Lie” has already reached number 9 on the “Billboard Country Songs Chart” (and is slowly crossing over to mainstream music: #52 on “Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart”).  Like I mentioned in this week’s podcast, The Band Perry writes those simple songs that just make you feel nice.  They’ve been able to write music that immediately establishes a personal connection with the listener.  It’s nice to see a group of such talented musicians and songwriters finally get to see the fruit of their labors.  Check out The Band Perry on tour this summer with Tim Mcgraw.

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Check out The Band Perry‘s “You Lie”:

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Hungry Cliff Podcast 02: Sleepy-Eyed Groundhogs in Space

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We’re now 2 for 2 with our 2nd podcast hitting on Monday just like we said.  I’m proud of us.  Don’t forget to click the iTunes subscribe link below so you don’t miss a thing.

This week we discuss Duncan Jones’ new flick ‘Source Code‘ starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga and the man who doesn’t do enough children’s films, Jeffrey Wright.  We also uncover the origins of a new country gem, The Band Perry, and learn why Harrison Ford can never work with Darren Aronofsky.  Spoiler alert for those who haven’t seen the film.

Hosts: Tony Silanskas and Andrew Silanskas

Intro and outro music: Pedro Mendoza

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Darius Rucker and them Hootin’ Tootin’ Blowfish

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Back in 2008, Darius Rucker (formerly of: Hootie & The Blowfish) decided to try and record a country music album.  Since then, he’s landed five No.1 singles on the Billboard country music charts.  In 2009, he won the Country Music Association’s New Artist of the Year award (which made him the first African American to win since 1981).  I really can’t recall any other musician that has managed to successfully switch genres in such a short amount of time. Such a talented guy.

Check out this acoustic version of “It Won’t Be Like This For Long”: Darius Rucker

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‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?’ – Yes, Thompson Square… I am

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Husband and wife Keifer and Shawna Thompson make up the country music duo Thompson Square. Formed back in 2002, Thompson Square have only recently hit the country music charts with their hit single “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?”.  This track was co-written by country music songwriters David Lee Murphy (credits: Kenny Chesney; Jason Aldean) & Jim Collins (credits: Kenny Chesney “The Good Stuff”, “She Thinks My Tractors Sexy”, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven”; Jason Aldean “Big Green Tractor”).  “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?” managed to take the No. 1 spot on both the Mediabase/Country Aircheck and Billboard country charts late last month.  The chemistry between these two is so apparent.  It’s obvious that they’re loving every minute of the life they’ve built together around their music.  Thompson Square hits the road for the summer leg of Jason Aldean‘s “My Kinda Party” Tour in July.  They’re also set to perform in Ocala next month.  (details)

Check this out: Thompson Square (By the way, this music video was shot in Saint Augustine, FL)

Thompson Square ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?’

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