David Fanning Gives His Take on 'Doin' Country Right'

David Fanning
Jeremy Cowart

David Fanning

RED BOW Records recording artist David Fanning has just released a new single that has the industry split. 

Titled "Doin' Country Right," the Ardmore, Tenn./Ala. native says he's glad to have a song that is causing people to talk. "First of all, I think it's cool to have a song that people have any opinion on -- good or bad. It cracks me up because people will think they are going to hurt my feelings if they don't like it. For me, I think that if you create a piece of music that people can relate to or that they are passionate about one way or another, you've done a good job at creating music. This seems like one of those songs."

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"I didn't write it. It was written by Jimmy Robbins, Josh Osborne and Heather Morgan, who are three amazing songwriters," he adds, explaining it came to him from the top man at his label. 

"Benny Brown, who owns the label, played it for me and it was one of those songs that I couldn't get out of my head," Fanning told Billboard. "I started listening to it a few more times and started paying attention to it and I ended up falling in love with it. So, I ended up playing it out live and there was the reaction that it got there -- people instantly picked up on it, related to it and were singing to it and all that stuff. It's one of those songs that grows on me more and more and the more that people have their opinions about it, it's just exciting. I love reading all the Tweets and the Instagrams about it -- one way or the other. It's been a fun ride so far. I just want to keep it going."

How does Fanning take the song, which some have called "Bro Country," with its' lyrics about many aspects of the country lifestyle? 

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"I just feel like that for me it's a legitimate take on how I grew up in Ardmore, Alabama -- slash Tennessee, right on the line," he says. "The closest Walmart was about 45 minutes away, though we did have a Piggly Wiggly in town. For me, 'Doing Country Right' personally is everything that most people think -- I love the outdoors. I grew up on a horse farm and love all that kind of stuff like 4-wheelers. For people that live in the city, there are different ways of doing country right in the city too. There are many people in the big cities that love country music. I learned that on radio tours -- the fact that so many people have a passion for it all over the world. Different people can live their idea of doing country right in a different way. Their idea might be going out to the park or something. I actually want to start a contest for people to show me how they do it. I think it can have a universal meaning."

One thing that many country artists "do right" is their volunteer work for St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis. Fanning is no different, saying he loves getting to be involved with the cause. "I got to go two years ago and it just opened my eyes up as to how amazing that place is and the good work that they do. It was one of those things that I thought it was going to be so sad. We did the whole hospital tour and the one thing we noticed was that everyone was so emotionally uplifting. They were passionate and so positive. It gave me a whole new perspective. These kids have such a terrible disease and they are so happy and positive and so full of hope. I definitely want to continue supporting St. Jude's for the rest of my life. That really touched me so much."
For right now, Fanning is watching as the single picks up steam -- all while continuing to be involved with the production team of New Voice Entertainment, which has been behind the glass on chart-toppers by Thompson Square and Parmalee. He told Billboard that he loves it, but if his own success as an artist takes him away from it, he's definitely OK with it. 

"I'm trying to get out," he says with a laugh. "No, it's something I love doing and it is a great passion of mine. But, it's not what I moved to Nashville to do.


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