Listen to Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood’s New Duet, ‘If I Didn’t Love You’
Aldean says Underwood made the track “sound even better” than he expected.
Jason Aldean; Photo by David Becker/Getty Images, Carrie Underwood; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images
Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood teamed up to release a brand new duet, “If I Didn’t Love You,” and it’s everything fans hoped it would be (and more!).
The heartbreak ballad is the lead single from Aldean’s forthcoming 10th studio album and follows his 25th No.1 single, “Blame It On You.”
“We were pretty close to finishing up this album, but this song came in and we knew we had to record it,” Aldean shared in a statement. “I went ahead and put my vocals down while we asked Carrie in the meantime. Luckily she loved the song and it was kind of like a rocket from there. She did her thing like only Carrie can…and I don’t know how, but she made it sound even better than what we expected. It’s a really special song to start this album.”
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“If I Didn’t Love You” finds Aldean and Underwood crooning over an ex, admitting that moving on has not been easy. The track opens with Aldean’s signature vocals. Underwood joins him on the chorus as they admit to experiencing heartache following a breakup.
“If I didn’t love you I’d be good by now/ I’d be better than barely getting by somehow/ Yeah it would be easy not miss you/ Wonder about who’s with you/ Turn the want you off/ Whenever I want to/ If I didn’t love you,” they sing on the chorus, backed by a steady drum beat and electric guitar.
The emotional track was co-written by Aldean’s bandmates Kurt Allison and Tully Kennedy alongside John Morgan and Lydia Vaughan. The track was produced by the superstar’s longtime collaborator Michael Knox.
While Underwood and Aldean have never recorded music together in the past, both of the country hitmakers have had plenty of duet partners throughout their respective careers.
Aldean previously worked with Kelly Clarkson on their collaborative track “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” Miranda Lambert on “Drowns The Whiskey,” Kelsea Ballerini for “First Time Again,” Tyler Farr with “Damn Good Friends,” and Luke Bryan & Eric Church on “The Only Way I Know.”
Underwood has recorded with several artists, including Keith Urban (“The Fighter”), Brad Paisley (“Remind Me”), Vince Gill (“How Great Thou Art”), Randy Travis (“I Told You So”), Willie Nelson (“Always On My Mind”), Tony Bennett (“It Had To Be You”) and more.
Click above to listen to the just-released duet.
Lauren Jo Black
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.