Hit songwriter Josh Kerr steps out of the writing room and into the spotlight with his debut album, How Do You Remember Me, and he takes Sounds Like Nashville inside his creative process in a new video premiering today (December 11).
As a Grammy nominated, Platinum selling hitmaker for the likes of Keith Urban (“Never Comin’ Down”), Kelsea Ballerini (“Dibs” and “Love Me Like You Mean It”), Dylan Scott (“My Girl”), and more, Kerr knows his way around a song. But like any other songwriter, most of what he comes up with never sees the light of day. His new album changes that narrative by taking songs he’s written from the past seven years and presenting them in his own unique voice, and now Kerr’s explaining how one of those tracks came to be.
Co-written with Jacob Davis and Hardy, “In Case I Never See You Again” is full of passion and propulsive romance, as Kerr tells a smooth-talking story about not missing his shot at love. The song — which feels and sounds like it could have been featured on Urban’s recent Graffit U album (co-produced by Kerr), was written by the trio on the road. Kerr explains they started out with just a vague idea of how the chorus might flow — but no lyrics. Eventually, a plot centered around Hardy and his girlfriend meeting each other for the first time began to emerge.
“I figured I’d buy you a drink / I figured I’d not let a dance go to waste, in case I never see you again / I wanna know what’s in your dreams / I wanna be more than some guy in a place, in case I never see you again in this bar /What you say we get what a good thing / In case I never see you again,” goes the lightning-fast chorus.
“I was gonna have Hardy sing on it, and he won’t mind me saying this, but he just kinda ghosted me,” Kerr explains with a laugh. “It’s a good thing we’re good friends. But I think it turned out awesome. It’s Hardy approved, it’s Jacob approved, which makes it Josh approved.”
How Do You Remember Me is out now, and features 11 tracks in total, including collaborations with fellow songsmiths Heather Morgan and Amy Wadge.