Re-Live Jason Aldean’s Best Duets with Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood & More
Since bursting onto the country music scene in 2005 with his rowdy debut single, “Hicktown,” Jason Aldean has gone on…
Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood; Photos via Twitter
Since bursting onto the country music scene in 2005 with his rowdy debut single, “Hicktown,” Jason Aldean has gone on to release countless hits, including 26 chart-topping singles.
Here’s a look back on Aldean’s successful duet track record with powerful women within country music.
“If I Didn’t Love You” with Carrie Underwood – 2021
The award-winning artist has had his eye on Carrie Underwood for quite some time, as he told iHeart Country in July of 2021 that the “Southbound” singer has been on the top of his ‘singing partner wish list.’
The breakup ballad ‘If I Didn’t Love You’ is featured on Aldean’s 10th Studio album. His band members Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy penned the track alongside John Morgan and Lydia Vaughan. “I’m usually not a guy into doing real sappy-type love songs – not that this is sappy. It’s more of a kind of breaking up and getting over it kind of song. To me, that’s kind of love song,” he told iHeart Country.
During the exclusive interview, he shared that the inspiration to duet with Underwood came from classic country duets like Dolly Parton with Kenny Rogers, George Jones with Tammy Wynette, and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
The powerful breakup anthem marks the first-ever collaboration between the two hitmakers. The co-ed duet quickly captured the attention of country music fans, as it got a historic start on Billboards ‘Hot Country Songs chart at No. 2. It later topped the charts at country radio and became a multi-week No.1 single.
“Drowns The Whiskey” with Miranda Lambert – 2018
Jason Aldean is known for his heavy guitar riffs, country twang, and touches of rock musical elements and his eighth studio album, Rearview Town, was no different. However, what makes this 2018 record stand out among the rest, is his chart-topping hit ‘Drowns The Whiskey’ with Miranda Lambert.
“When I sent her that one, she kind of flipped out,” Aldean shared with Taste of Country. “She was on board then. And then she came in to sing it and nailed it.”
Once Aldean and Lambert dropped the track, it reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay Chart and peaked at No.3 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The fan-favorite artist gave Lambert credit for turning “Drowns the Whiskey” into a smash hit. “The thing with Miranda, she’s a great harmony singer. She doesn’t sing it technically perfect, which I like, but she’s so stylistic in the way that she sings it that it just sounds great. And her voice blends with mine really well, and we just sound good together,” he adds.
The heartbreak anthem was written by Josh Thompson, Brandon Kinney, and Jeff Middleton. The successful track was originally not meant to be a duet. However, Aldean thought Lambert’s sound would elevate the piece.
Lambert and Aldean tested each other’s wide vocal range by delivering the chilling message behind the lyrics about an individual using whiskey to drown a memory. Although, they continue to share that the memory is too strong and meaningful to be forgotten.
Now, “Drowns The Whiskey” is not the only fire collaboration that they have done together. The two teamed up in 2007 to record “Grown Woman,” which was a single off of Aldean’s successful album, Relentless.
“First Time Again” (Kelsea Ballerini) – 2016
Without any hesitation, the “Peter Pan” singer joined the icon to sing the breakup ballad “First Time Again.” The dramatic duet penned by Jason Boyer, Michael Tyler, Blake Bollinger, and Ben Stennis was the only collaboration on Aldean’s record.
“We weren’t really planning on that song being a duet when I recorded it originally,” says Aldean to CMT. “My producer Michael Knox and I started talking about it a little bit. We ended up trying to get her in the studio, but she was out on tour with Rascal Flatts. Fortunately, Jay DeMarcus helped us out and recorded her vocals. He sent it to us to mix, so it worked out well,” he revealed.
“Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson – 2010
When Aldean was presented with “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” he knew he had to turn to a dynamic female songstress to make the track stream worthy. Therefore, after the first listen, he immediately thought of Kelly Clarkson’s powerful country-pop sound.
“We never really met before we did the duet, and we met in the studio,” Clarkson shared with Entertainment Tonight during a 2010 interview. “I remember I was so excited, ‘cause I loved the song so much, but when you’re meeting someone, and you love their voice, and you love their sound…you’re not sure if it’s gonna mesh, you know? It doesn’t always work out.”
In true artist fashion, the two superstars joined forces and played off of each other’s strengths to develop the toe-tapping track. In fact, Aldean claims that recording with Clarkson for the very first time was a “magic moment.”
“As she started singing…and the way she was singing with me, too, how it all blended, you could tell it was something special. It’s the cool thing cause you never know what two artists are gonna kinda have that chemistry,” says Aldean.
Following their November 2010 release, the hit made waves in music city and dominated Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart at No.1, scored high placement at No. 31 on Billboard’s Hot 100 roundup, received nominations for two CMA Awards, and even earned a Grammy nomination.