Following his win at the 2018 CMA Awards on Wednesday (Nov. 14), David Lee Murphy spoke with Billboard’s Taylor Weatherby about taking home the award for musical event of the year for his Kenny Chesney collaboration “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”
“It’s been a great 2018 to have this song go No. 1,” the musician says of the song that earned him his first ever CMA award. “Then to cap it all off with this tonight is really special.”
Speaking of how the collaboration came about in the first place, Murphy tells Billboard that Chesney produced his new album No Zip Code. They had a bunch of songs picked out, and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” was the last track they selected for the record.
“We all just fell in love with the song,” he says. “It just felt really special, and Kenny graciously sang on the second verse, and the second chorus, and that was just the icing on the cake. It just took it over the top, so it’s been a really fun run with this song.”
Asked how it feels to win a CMA award 23 years after his hit song “Dust On The Bottle” was released, Murphy replies, “It’s crazy. I mean I didn’t see this comin’. There’s so many talented people that are nominated, and so many talented performers that are out here tonight, I’m just honored to be here and to get take this home. It’s really special.”
You can watch the full video interviews with David Lee Murphy above and below.