October 31

Brad Paisley Praises Stepdads for Their Roles in this Moving Song

Country music star Brad Paisley does not just have some great talent. He, too, is a great and compelling storyteller. Listening to some of his songs, he does not fail to impress us with every message contained in his tunes. Paisley, producing a number of chart-topping hits, there is no denying that he is indeed a one-of-a-kind artist in contemporary times.

Praising Stepfathers with “He Didn’t Have to Be”

Once again, Brad Paisley brought everyone to tears with his second single to have ever been released. “He Didn’t Have to Be” is his 1999 number one hit that

“praises the incredible character of a man who stepped up and became a perfect role model and father figure to the child of a woman he was dating.”

To note, Paisley co-wrote the track with his friend, Kelley Lovelace, who is the inspiration of the song. In fact, according to Lovelace, Paisley sat down with him to write a song about Lovelace’s own experience. During that time, Lovelace was a stepdad to the son of his wife.

On the other hand, Paisley was quoted saying,

“Let’s make a song about you two that will make your wife cry.”

Hence, the song “He Didn’t Have to Be” was conceived.

The Story Wrapped in the Song

In particular, “He Didn’t Have to Be” is a tribute song to all amazing and responsible stepfathers around the world. In addition, the song narrates the story of a man who found out that a woman he was dating had a son at home. Instead of being disappointed and cutting his ties with the woman, he even asks her to include her son every time they go out together. They then began to enjoy each other’s company going out somewhere, to parks, and to movies.

As the story goes on, the man decides to propose to the young child’s mother. He then becomes her son’s stepfather, joining the family and taking the role of a dad. Soon, the son grows out to become a father to his children. Inspired by his stepdad, he hopes to be a great father just like his stepdad was to him.

Check out this heart-wrenching tribute of Brad Paisley to all incredible stepfathers:


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