This starry-eyed song finds Darius Rucker prizing his love for his lady above any masterpiece. Rucker wrote the romantic ode with producer Ross Copperman and fellow songwriters Josh Osborne and JT Harding. The same foursome were also behind his previous single, the Country Airplay #1 hit "Beers and Sunshine."
I'll never paint a Sistine Chapel I can't play piano like Ray Charles But baby when my life is through I hope they say my masterpiece is loving you
When a radio station asked Rucker if he'd picked up a new hobby during the COVID quarantine, he replied he was trying to learn piano. The presenter then inquired if he was any good yet, to which Rucker responded, "I can't play piano like Ray Charles."
JT Harding heard the interview and the "I can't play piano like Ray Charles" line stuck in his head. When the quartet met for a writing session, he shared his idea and they wrote this song around that line.
Old Dominion's Brad Tursio contributes background vocals and electric guitar.
Darius Rucker and his fellow songwriters originally intended to title the song "Ray Charles." They didn't, but got a reference to him in the line:
If I wrote the song, your name would be Georgia And you'd be on my mind
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.