Perri Smith, better known as the singer Pebbles, wrote this song with Babyface, who produced it with L.A. Reid, his musical and business partner. Pebbles and Reid were a couple, and they got married around the time the album came out.
L.A. and Babyface worked on the first (self-titled) Pebbles album and wrote her breakout hit, "Girlfriend
." It was her song "Mercedes Boy
" that got her a deal with the label, and she wrote that one herself. Bringing a female perspective to the table, she also co-wrote the title track to Tender Lover
. Her writing credit has appeared as "Perri Smith," "Perri Reid" and her birth name, "Perri McKissack."