Laird went to college in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, which is Young's hometown, so he had often heard things about the young singer-songwriter even before he landed a record deal. However, when Young showed up at Music Row to write with Laird it was the first time that they'd actually met. "Our publishers booked that co-write," Laird recalled to Taste of Country
. "He came over to my studio on Music Row one day. That was the first time we met, too. He came in, and I was working on this groove. He liked it. As we were talking he had this really cool melody he shared. He was like man I think it would be cool to write a song called 'You.' I figured if he thinks it's cool, it will be cool [laughs]!"