November 13

Brad Paisley’s Life-Changing Song “He Didn’t Have to Be”

Award-winning country artist Brad Paisley covered one of the best classic hits in the ’90s entitled “He Didn’t Have to Be.”

“He Didn’t Have to Be”

It is a life-changing song penned by Brad Paisley and Kelley Lovelace. This track was recorded by Brad Paisley and it was released in August 1999 as a single from his album Who Needs Pictures. Upon the release of the song, it entered country charts and peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

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He Didn’t Have to Be” is based on Kelly Lovelace’s relationship with his stepson McCain Merren. According to Paisley, this song was probably the most life-changing song that he has ever written. He said,

“‘He Didn’t Have to Be’ was probably the most life-changing three minutes that I’ve ever written, because I really believe we wouldn’t be sitting here anymore talking,” He added. “Maybe we’d be sitting here with me having written a #1 song for somebody else, but I don’t think I’d still have a record deal without that song. It broke the ice for me with radio. It was like you could see potential in it, and that’s an important thing. I was really lucky, it wasn’t like we knew what we were doing. I just happened [to write] that with my best friend from the bottom of my heart about his situation.”

About the Song

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He Didn’t Have to Be” was inspired by the story of a son and a single mother. Whereas the single mother started dating a new man who immediately builds a relationship with. Lovelace co-penned this song based on her personal experience. The final verse of the song showed that the son is now about to become a father. As he stands next to his stepfather, he hopes to become at least half of a great father that his stepfather was to him.

Listen to Brad Paisely’s Song “He Didn’t Have to Be” below:



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