July 23, 2021
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood have joined forces for their new duet, "If I Didn't Love You," released on Friday, July 23.
Aldean teased the collab on social media asking fans to guess who his latest collaborator on the song would be, and Underwood responded with a raised hand emoji. Aldean confirmed the partnership by sharing a screenshot of the original post, which included Underwood's comment.
Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy, members of Aldean's band, co-wrote "If I Didn't Love You" with John Morgan and Lydia Vaughn. The track almost didn't make the cut, but Aldean shared that they chose to include the duet because it added something that was missing to the record.
"We'd kind of thrown around the idea of doing a duet, but we really didn't have the song, and we were trying to force it with other songs," Aldean said to Today's Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen. "They just kind of went in one day to try and write, and this is what they came up with. We had already gone in and tracked most of the album; this thing kind of came at the last minute ..."
The song was such a late addition that when Aldean and company went to record, he had yet to choose a duet partner, but when the time came, Underwood was the first person he asked, "and she just kind of had this spot in her schedule where it fit perfectly."
Aldean and Underwood are not strangers to collaborating with powerhouse artists. In 2010 Aldean and Kelly Clarkson released their hit ballad "Don't You Wanna Stay," and has also worked with Miranda Lambert ("Drowns The Whiskey"), Kelsea Ballerini ("First Time Again"), among others. Underwood, on the other hand, has collaborated with Brad Paisley ("Remind Me"), Keith Urban ("The Fighter"), and John Legend ("Hallelujah"), to name a few. Most recently, Underwood sang with NEEDTOBREATHE on their song "I wanna Remember." At the same time, Bear Rinehart, the group's lead singer, joined Underwood on "Nothing but the Blood of Jesus," on her My Savior album.
Aldean praises working with other artists, stating that working with them gives him a better understanding and appreciation of their talent.
"When you get on stage or in the studio and start trading vocals with them, it's like, man, you realize really quickly who the better singer in the room is, you know what I mean?" Aldean said on working with Clarkson and Underwood. "Those guys are amazing singers and really powerful and just a lot of range. It's really cool for me to get to work with people like that and sort of find my spot in the song to make my voice work with theirs."