The "Hey Girl" singer talks up his new album, "We Are Tonight" and gives Billboard a first look at his next video
If, after listening to Billy Currington's "We Are Tonight" album you are singing along with the lyrics with a smile, then the singer says he has accomplished his job. "I wanted to keep it positive," he told Billboard. "I think this album will make people happy. I didn't want to bring anyone down."
Currington – who is sitting at No. 8 on Hot Country Songs with the set's first single, "Hey Girl," says Mercury gave him time to create on the album. "The album was made over a period of two years, so I was able to take my time and find the right songs that I felt were fitting for that album. I got to work with three different producers on the album, and that was a great experience."
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Another highlight of "We Are Tonight" is the humorous "Wingman." In the song, Currington – known for his leading man good looks – plays sidekick as his friend gets the girl. He said it's a scenario that happens – even to him.
"I think everybody has been in those shoes at least once in their life. You have a wingman, you go out, and you expect him to back you up. But, sometimes it doesn't happen. He ends up stealing the girl at the end of the night. I've seen that happen before. I think I've been a part of that before. When I heard that song, it made me laugh, and I thought that others might find it funny. Surely, I'm not the only one that's been there."
Perhaps the heaviest moment on the album is the poetic "Twenty Three Degrees And South," from the pen of Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson. "It's a song that reminds me of Key West, which I eventually heard it was written about. It's a song that is all about heading south and trying to rekindle love. It's one of my favorites on the album."
Fans might notice that Currington's name does not have a writer's credit among the ten tracks on "We Are Tonight." He says that as long as the music is there, he's fine with that. "I was fortunate enough to be in Nashville about ten years before I got my first publishing deal – which eventually led to a record deal. I got to write with some of the best writers around, and they taught me what a great song is. I get really picky when it comes to albums. It doesn't matter to me if I wrote it, or whoever, it doesn't matter. The best songs always win."
With hits such as "Good Directions" and "People Are Crazy" to his credit, he knows how important the song is – regardless of the writer. "It's easy to slip and go away in this business. The songs really matter. I'm just going to try to continue putting out songs that people love, and hope to stick around. It's such a great business, and I'm very thankful to be a part of it. I wouldn't want to do anything else."
He will likely incorporate more of the new disc into his set after the release of "We Are Tonight," but so far, he's only been performing three of the new cuts live. He said he's gotten some good response when he does. "We do 'Wingman,' 'Twenty-Three Degrees And South,' and 'Hey Girl,' so we've only been doing three from the album so far. The response has been great. You can tell they haven't heard 'Wingman' when we play it, but they jam to it, and smile when it's over."