Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield are two ex-lovers who are in denial of the strong feeling they still harbor for each other in their song “Easy.” The track was written by Katrina Elam and Mike Mobley. Mobley’s crafts have been recorded by Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. Elam, on the other hand, once worked with Rascal Flatts in 2006 to promote her unreleased second album, Turn Me Up.
“Easy” was released in June 2011 as the third single from the Rascal’s album, Nothing Like This. It was Gary LeVox, the trio’s lead singer was the one who suggested the song to be recorded as a duet. With the group’s goal of musical diversity, they chose the English pop singer-songwriter, Natasha Bedingfield, to sing the female part. The group claimed they are huge fans of Bedingfield.
Bedingfield’s presence turned out to be a worthwhile addition to the song. Her unique voice gave the song’s story an extra layer. She admitted she has a very eclectic and varied taste in music. So when she received the offer for the song, she warmly accepted it. The group’s sound is not new to her, she’s been listening to them, and her favorites are “God Bless the Broken Road” and “What Hurts the Most.” The U.K. pop icon also shared her fondness for Johnny Cash’s song. The duet with the Flatts opened a new door for her. She felt pride in contributing to country music with the song.
The Music Video
Rascal Flatts cannot hide their appreciation to Bedingfield as they all worked for the completion of the record. Not only her vocals but also her elegant beauty stunned the whole production. This inspired them to search and plan meticulously for a video storyline that would highlight her style. In fact, they had almost 3 video treatments before they came up with the final design.
In the Cinderella-style story set on a grandiose ball, Levox plays the role of the brokenhearted man, who is trying to conceal his true feelings from his former lover. Bedingfield, who wears a beautiful purple gown, plays that former lover, who is likewise trying to hide similar feelings for him.
It’s easy goin’ out on a Friday night
Easy, every time I see him out
I can smile, live it up
Like a single girl does
But, what he, what he don’t know
Is how hard it is to make it look so
Oh, it’s easy
Watch the official video for “Easy” and enjoy the fairy tale experience.