A few months ago, Thomas Rhett didn’t think Katy Perry knew who he was or that he even existed and now, they have a song together.
Rhett’s much-anticipated new album, Where We Started, is out now, and the title track features guest vocals from Perry — something that the country singer admits is pretty “mind-blowing.”
In a recent interview with Country Now and other media outlets, Rhett revealed that a duet was “never a plan,” it just sort of happened that way.
It all started when a member of his team asked for his permission to send it to Perry to see if she’d be interested in collaborating on the song.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, but they’re not gonna respond.’…And literally within 24 hours Katy responded and said, ‘I love this. I resonate with this so well,’” Rhett explained. “When she put her vocal on it, it took her, like, two weeks. She really put a lot of time and effort into this vocal…This reminded me of how amazing a vocalist she is, and I feel like it really came to life.”
The 15-track album dropped overnight and “Where We Started” is finally out for fans to hear. Perry, who once resided in Music City when she was pursuing a career in Christian music, took to social media to share her excitement over the track.
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“Went back to my Nashville roots to do #WhereWeStarted with my friend @thomasrhettakins ♥️🌱 Our little duet (which is also the title track to his new album) is out now! 🤗,” she wrote.
“Where We Started” opens with Rhett and after the first verse, Perry joins in with her distinctive vocals. Backed by pop/country production, Rhett and Perry go on to recall the beginning days of a relationship and remind themselves of the better days at moments when life gets them down.
“Those days when you’re brokenhearted/ And you’re gettin’ knocked down/ And you say you don’t know how far we’re gonna go/ Just look at that road and think about where we started/ Keep your eyes on me ’cause talk is cheap/ We’re all we need, yeah/ Darlin’, I know how far we’re gonna go/ Just look at that road and think about where we started,” they sing on the chorus.
While Rhett has not revealed plans to release “Where We Started” as a single, it would be a smart move as it would appeal to the masses and likely race to the top of the country (and pop) radio charts.
Rhett’s new album also features his latest single, “Slow Down Summer,” as well as special guests Riley Green (“Half Of Me”) and Tyler Hubbard and Russell Dickerson (“Death Row”).
The superstar previously teased that the album will be an “emotional roller coaster” for fans.
“I like to make you cry, but then I immediately like to make you smile. And once you smile, I want you to dance. And once you dance, I want you to cry again,” he said.
Click HERE to listen to Where We Started.