Singer-songwriter Rachel Wammack has released her new single and personal love song, “What He Does,” today (8/14). The tune, written a few years ago, was inspired by her husband, Noah Purcell, and the early stages of their relationship.
“I [walked] into the room and Jimmy [said], ‘Word has it, you have a guy, and you like him.’ I [replied], ‘Yeah, I think this guy’s the one, he’s just different.,’” she tells Sounds Like Nashville of the song she penned with Jimmy Robbins and Eric Arjes.
The couple recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary and Wammack felt the time was right to debut the romantic track. “This was maybe one of the first songs that I’ve written for Noah … from that place of bliss and happiness [along with a] fresh understanding of love,” she says.
Lyrically Wammack compares her future mate against prior suitors with lines like Yeah, what other guys do is leave me hurt/ But what he does/ Is make me laugh when I feel like crying/ What he does/ Is lift me up when I feel like flying. The upbeat contrast to Wammack’s previous body of work demonstrates her progression in life. “When I first [began] writing [with Jimmy], I was a kid who had just moved away from home, and I was still hung up on different heartbreaks,” she explained.
The production’s piano-heavy melody spotlights Wammack’s wide vocal range as she soulfully sings, What other guys do had me pretty much believing settling was standard/ ‘Til God gave me a man that sees/ All the love that I give/ All the love that I’m worth.
Though the new single is several years old, the Muscle Shoals native is working on new music and has recently been under the influence of Taylor Swift’s latest album, folklore. “I remember that’s how I used to write in the very beginning before I was signed — I was super poetic. It’s inspiring to hear that from [Taylor],” she shared. “[I’ve] been writing on my own more because, in Nashville, I’ve fallen into co-writing for the past few years.”
Wammack also was featured on Rascal Flatts’ new EP track, “Quick, Fast, In a Hurry,” proving her vocal chops alongside the trio’s Gary LeVox. “At 26-years-old, I never thought I would get to [collaborate] with my heroes,” she stated.
Expect more music from Wammack in the coming months. The up-and-coming songstress is planning on debuting more tunes, saying, “I am [releasing] more music after ‘What He Does.’ I’m excited these new songs to show a different side of me … especially at a time where I can’t perform live.”
Stream Rachel Wammack’s “What He Does” on Spotify or Apple. Find more information on Wammack by visiting rachelwammack.com