Luke Combs delivered a brand new song at the 2021 CMA Awards with the motivational “Doin’ This.”
Offering one of the most buzzed-about moments at the show, the debut performance reiterates his determination to make his music dreams come true. Combs teased on social media earlier in the week that he was tempted to perform a new song at the awards show, following through on the suggestion with yet another solid country-rock song that manages to show off his sensitive side.
“Doin’ This” is a song for the dreamers like Combs who don’t have a backup plan, chasing their dreams no matter the obstacles. The lyrics find him singing to his younger self as a kid from North Carolina with big musical aspirations, selling burned copies of his CD of original songs.
The song name-checks the Grand Ole Opry while affirming he’s not doing this for the glory or fortune, but rather the Friday night crowd he has in the palm of his hand and the “bright lights like lightning run through my veins.” “I’d still be doin’ this / If I wasn’t doin’ this,” he affirms in the song’s pinnacle line. The new track earned Combs a standing ovation from the crowd, including his wife Nicole.
Combs had three nominations coming into the night, scoring nods for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and “Song of the Year.” That nomination was for “Forever After All,” which was co-written by Combs with Drew Parker, Robert Williford.
Appearing on his What You See Is What You Get album, the track was released in October of last year and its music video made it into the wedding song for Combs and his wife, Nicole. Using footage from their beachside ceremony, the clip helped make the song into another massive hit, marking the 11th straight Number One to start off Combs’ major-label career.
Back in their usual format after the pandemic-impacted 2020 show, the 55th Annual CMA Awards aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 10. The night featured dozens of performances and awards presentation for a glitzy ceremony dubbed “Country’s Biggest Night,” and was hosted by superstar Luke Bryan for the first time. You can check out Sounds Like Nashville’s full coverage here.