What Are Words

Album: Single Release Only (2011)
Charted: 83

Songfacts®:

  • American Idol contestant Chris Medina released this single the day after the decision was made not to advance him into the top 24 of the competition. The song is about his fiancée, Juliana, who suffered a brain injury as the result of a car wreck.
  • The song was written by writer/producer Rodney Jerkins. "I always knew who (he) was, but after doing some research, I didn't realize how 'the man' he actually was," said Medina of learning that Jerkins wanted to collaborate. "The words totally embody what my situation is. It's heartfelt, it's real and it was an honor to be asked to put my voice to this wonderful material."
  • Medina's back-story about his fiancée touched Jennifer Lopez, who had to be comforted by her fellow American Idol judges when the decision was made to eliminate him. The two singers are connected as Jerkins also penned Lopez's #1 single, "If You Had My Love."
  • Proceeds of the song's sales were donated to a fund established for Medina's brain-damaged fiancée.
  • The song proved especially popular in Scandinavia, remaining at #1 in Norway for eleven weeks and in Sweden for eight weeks.

Comments: 1

  • Kinley from Thimphu, Bhutana beautiful song indeed...n after learning about the reason for it i have great rspect for Chris...and this song has also made me realize how important my own love is to me.
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