Carrie Underwood wrote the song along with Chris DeStefano ("Good Girl
") and Brett James ("Cowboy Casanova
"). The singer's longtime producer Mark Bright was the guy behind the console.
DeStefano told Taste of Country
the song came together easily in one writing session. "Going in to write with Carrie, it's always an adventure, because obviously she can do so many different things stylistically," he said. "I had this little musical idea I brought in. It was basically just a lot of instruments, and the vibe was kinda there. It just had an emotion to it. I started playing it in the room for Brett and Carrie, and I remember saying, 'Well, you guys are hopefully gonna like this, or hate it.'"
The other writers did like DeStefano's idea, and it was Underwood who provided the song's title. "She said, 'I have this song title, 'Something in the Water,' and she kind of explained what she wanted to write about, and we were just immediately like, 'Oh gosh, that would really be beautiful over this,'" DeStefano recalled. "So we immediately knew. It was just one of those things where the whole vibe of the song really began at that point, really strong right from the get-go."