Marking first taste of Aldean’s upcoming tenth studio album, the gripping post-breakup anthem arrives as a true power ballad — featuring a fire-and-ice combo of powerhouse vocals.
In the track, the two superstars blend voices for a story of trying to move on — and wishing the love they shared wasn’t so strong. With a slow-burning country-rock sound and a solid connection between the two hit makers, a lyric video shows Aldean and Underwood recording the track together, harmonizing side by side in the studio. Aldean says he only recently discovered “If I Didn’t Love You,” but he knew it had to be his next single.
“We were pretty close to finishing up this album, but this song came in and we knew we had to record it,” Aldean said. “I went ahead and put my vocals down while we asked Carrie in the meantime. Luckily she loved the song and it was kind of like a rocket from there. She did her thing like only Carrie can … and I don’t know how, but she made it sound even better than what we expected. It’s a really special song to start this album.”
“If I Didn’t Love You” was produced by Aldean’s longtime studio collaborator, Michael Knox, and written by Aldean’s bandmates Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy with John Morgan and Lydia Vaughan. Allison and Kennedy are also co-writers on Aldean’s previous single, “Blame It On You,” which last week became the hit maker’s 25th career Number One.
Meanwhile, Aldean went on Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country, and discussed working with vocal superstars like Underwood and Kelly Clarkson, who appeared on “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”
“When you get on stage or in the studio and start trading vocals with them, it’s like, man, you realize really quick who the better singer in the room is, you know what I mean?” Aldean said. “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 and it’s been great. I mean, obviously Kelly, the song we did with her got us a Grammy nomination and just was a really big song for us, single of the year at CMA’s. Hopefully, we can replicate that with this song.”
Jason Aldean is currently back on the road, and will start his Back in the Saddle Tour on August 5 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with special guests HARDY and Lainey Wilson. Carrie Underwood recently announced her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin December 1.