Standing tall and filled with quiet pride about achievements which might not make CNN, but are nonetheless personally meaningful, the chest-thumping track marks Combs’ first collaboration with perhaps the biggest inspiration on his career. Both natives of North Carolina, Combs grew up idolizing Church, and now they match vocals on a track which will be heard all across the country. But if that wasn’t enough, Combs says the song means even more to him since its message really resonated with his hero.
“The whole sentiment on the song was there’s nothing wrong with being proud of things that people think are insignificant,” Combs told Sounds Like Nashville and others in November. “Up until I started doing this, I hadn’t done anything really in my life that I think anybody would think is really cool or great. There was this thing where I’m like, ‘there are little things that to everyone else may seem super insignificant, but they’re things that I’m really proud of.’ … I feel like sometimes in today’s society, especially with social media, if you’re not winning the gold medal at the Olympics, then you’re not a good runner – that’s the mindset. If you don’t win the gold medal, then you’re not doing the right thing, and I just think there was something about that he gravitated towards.”
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Super excited to let y’all know Does to Me with @ericchurchmusic is going to be my next single on country radio. @rayfulchermusic, @tylerreeve and I loved the song when we wrote it back in 2016 and thought it sounded like a Church song. We joked about getting it to him, but at the time we had no way to get in touch with him. A few years went by and we started thinking it may could actually work. I never wanted Eric to feel like it was something he had to be a part of, but thankfully he loved the song when I sent it to him and helped us take it to another level. Crazy to think this will already be my 8th single, which is already more than I could’ve ever dreamed of, but this is one of the coolest moments of our careers so far – a single with one of our biggest musical inspirations. That might not mean much to you but it does to me…
“So say I’m a middle of the road / Not much to show / Underachievin’ average Joe / But I’m a hell of a lover / A damn good brother / And I wear this heart on my sleeve / That might not mean much to you / But it does to me,” he sings in the chorus, using that burly baritone to powerful effect.
Co-written by Combs, Ray Fulcher and Tyler Reeve, “Does to Me” appears on Combs’ What You See Is What You Get album, and marks the follow up to his seventh straight Gold or Platinum Number One, “Even Though I’m Leaving.” Combs What You See Is What You Get Tour kicks off February 7 in Columbia, Missouri, with Ashley McBryde supporting.