Akins, DeStefano and Gorley penned the tune in December 2011. Akins told Roughstock
it was the first time he'd written with either of the other songsmiths. "I knew Ashley. I had been friends with him, and we had always wanted to write together," he said. "I just met Chris the week before. He lives in L.A. and was flying back and forth to Nashville. He had written a bunch of songs for Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, and he had a lot of pop success. When I met him the week before, I said, 'Are we going to write a pop song? Something for Kelly Clarkson?' He goes, 'No, I want to write a country song.' I didn't really know how it was going to go.
"I got there and Ashley had this title called 'Hey Girl,' and Chris sort of had a little melody mapped out," Akins continued. "We just sat there and wrote it. It's really melodic. Ashley is one of the most melodic songwriters I've ever written with. He has unbelievably great melodies. It's just a song about meeting a girl in a bar somewhere and throwing out your best pick-up line. He didn't really have any because he's so tongue-tied about how pretty this girl is, so he says, 'The only thing I can think to say is 'hey girl' [laughs]."