Levi Hummon is the son of famed songwriter Marcus Hummon. This was his first song that was recorded by a major artist. He connected with Steven Tyler through Desmond Child
, who is Hummon's publisher and good friend of Tylers - Child co-wrote the Aerosmith hits "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
" and "Angel
" He told The Boot
about meeting the legendary Aerosmith frontman.
"They were just hanging out in the studio, and Desmond played him a bunch of my songs, including one that wasn't finished called 'Red, White & You.' Desmond told Steven, 'You need one of those old Aerosmith, rock-out-in-the-stadium songs.' He played that for him, and Steven was like, 'I need to put my voice on that right now.'
I went down to the studio, and I was sitting there at the console, listening to the demo, and Steven Tyler entered the room. All of a sudden, this amazing cologne smell was in the room, and Steven just ran up from behind me and grabbed me and was like, 'What's up, dude?'
My heart stopped for a second, and [I] turned around and was like, 'Play it cool, dude. Just play it cool.' I was 100-percent starstruck, and I was in a room with him for 12 hours being starstruck … Still, to this day, I'm like, pinch me or something, because it's Steven Tyler; he's one of the most iconic voices in history. My favorite song growing up was 'Dream On
' and I would cry when I heard it."