Cole Swindell Reveals Fiancée Courtney’s Reaction To ‘Forever To Me,’ Shares New Details About Forthcoming Album

“I’m excited to get it out there. We’ve got some great songs,” the chart-topping star says of his new project.

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Lauren Jo Black

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May 23, 2024

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Cole Swindell, Courtney Little; Photo Courtesy Cole Swindell, Instagram

When Cole Swindell sent a last-minute invitation to Greylan James and Rocky Block to join him on a bus run to Texas to write some songs, he had no idea they’d end up writing what would ultimately become one of his most personal and “favorite” songs to date. This song, “Forever To Me,” would later become his wedding song for his upcoming nuptials with fiancée Courtney Little. 

The impromptu songwriting session took place in the Lone Star State after one of Swindell’s shows and was sparked by something Swindell said about Little. 

“We were sitting up and just talking and they asked if I’d had a song for my wedding,” Swindell recalled during a recent conversion with Country Now and other outlets. “And I’ve been writing a lot of love songs lately, but I don’t know if any of ’em are right.  And we were just talking and somehow I ended up saying that Courtney, I was like, ‘She’s forever to me.’ And they just both looked at each other and I’m usually the one that catches things like that. But they both looked at each other and just were like, ‘That’s it. That’s what it’s got to be, Forever To Me.’”

Cole Swindell; Forever To Me
Cole Swindell; Forever To Me

The song came together just before Swindell attended the National Championship game and he remembers walking into the suite at the game feeling a sense of accomplishment. 

“I remember telling people in the suite, ‘I just wrote one of my favorite songs and it’s probably going to be my own wedding song.’ and here we are…[it’s a] pretty crazy, crazy story.”

Despite his co-writer’s suggestion to keep the song as a surprise until the wedding, Swindell confessed that he simply couldn’t contain his excitement. 

“‘What if you just surprised at the wedding?” Swindell remembers his co-writers asking him. “I’m like, ‘I can’t wait that long.’ But I mean that would’ve been a really cool idea, but obviously, it wouldn’t be my single and wouldn’t be out right now.” 

He had to share it with Courtney right away, so he decided to send her the work tape the moment he had it in his hands. 

“I get too excited when I’m writing something. I kind had already told her, I’m like, ‘You’re going to lose your mind. This song is… I’m freaking out about it,’” the Georgia native recalled.

While he was still away, Courtney heard the song for the first time, and he managed to gauge her reaction over the phone.

“Obviously she loved it and her sister played it for her family and just everybody obviously loved it. I loved her reaction to it, but it just felt, like I said, at this stage, I’ve written a few love songs and gotten a lot sent to me as well. And we’ve listened to a lot. But I could just tell this one.. my reaction, her reaction. It just seemed like this was the one for sure,” he said, beaming. 

Cole Swindell; Photo by Robby Klein
Cole Swindell; Photo by Robby Klein

“Forever To Me” offers a taste of what’s to come on the chart-topping singer/songwriter’s next album, which he says he’s “close to being done with.” The yet-to-be-announced project will serve as the follow up to his wildly successful Stereotype album, which features massive hits like “Never Say Never” with Lainey Wilson and the multi-week, award-winning “She Had Me At Heads Carolina.” 

“I think I made one of the best albums of my career and some of the biggest songs of my career,” Swindell admitted of Stereotype. “And as awesome as that is, it’s just you got to follow that up and felt like I’ve always had to do that my whole career, but not at this level.”

With that being said, he’s working hard to put together a solid collection of songs that fully represent who he is as an artist, a man, and a soon-to-be husband. 

“I think just putting out ‘3 Feet Tall’ first, just setting the mood, letting people know that this is going to be a little probably different album for me. I think I want to say some things…that I’ve never sang about and I want to be able to do that on this album,” he explained. “But then I still want to perform live and still have those songs that are fun. Some of the things I look back on the hits I’ve had, it’s like, ‘Hey, that might not have changed the world, but man, has anybody seen it live?’ I still want to have those kinds of songs and I feel like me getting older and being in a different phase of my life, those are becoming harder to find and finding what I can say and what I can pull off and get away with. I’m not 23 anymore, so I don’t know. It is interesting. I’m excited to get it out there. We’ve got some great songs.” 

Cole Swindell recently launched his headlining Win The Night Tour with sold-out shows in Canada. The trek will continue this week with shows in Brandon, MS (May 24) and Orange Beach, AL. (May 25) with Dylan Scott and Jon Langston.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.