Witness

Album: See The Light (2007)
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  • A self-described peace - and people - loving person, Bo Bice wrote this song over a decade before it appeared on his 2007 CD See The Light. "That song I've played everywhere from bars and clubs to churches," he says. "And now it was the first single off the album, so I found it just quite ironic. I'm a Southern cat, so I love Southern culture. But I've also lived all around the world. So I think that's one of the songs that had a lot to do with just experiences and travel and things like that in my life, to where it really is a song just about, Hey man, can we all just get along? Can I get a witness? And I love it. It's a powerful song."
  • Having recorded his first CD with his first band, Purge in 1995, and working with RCA Records on his first post-American Idol CD, Bice now records for his own independent label, SugarMoney, which makes the "control freak" side of him quite happy.

    Bice: "You've got more control, and there's more responsibility. But that doesn't mean I have to do everything by myself. There's just different projects that have different means. I might team up with this huge label and partner up with them on a project, and then I might do something solo. But the cool thing for me is I'm not trying to wear a lot of hats. I know my limits, I know my boundaries. And right now it's nice to be able to do this, put this project together. But there's also going to come a time in a few months where I'll want to flip that switch and just turn back into writer mode. You try to do that stuff on and off, where it used to be you could record an album, and then you spent months writing, and then you put a new one together. For me, I just try to do that all the time. We just do writing on the road, and record on the road, and we do different things. So when I get home, I just spend time with my family, and it's a sanctuary, and I'm able to kind of just chill out."

    "Having an independent label is a lot of work. But you also have to think about, in many ways it's the same thing I was doing before I went on Idol. So it's not really more work. I'm not working any harder than I did before I got on Idol. I think maybe a lot of people think that when you get to a certain level that you should just kind of like let your handlers do this, that, and the other. That doesn't mean I do everything myself. I'm smart enough to know that you're only as strong as your team. I surround myself with people that work hard, they love to work, love what we do, and take time to appreciate that we're out here and to have fans, and to do what we love to do for a living. Because we're real honored to be able to do that. People pay their hard earned money for our music and to come and see us play, and so it's a responsibility to get to go out there and to play music and to do what you love to do. So I don't consider it too much more stress or too much more anything." (Read more in our interview with Bo Bice.)

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