If He Ain't Gonna Love You

Album: American Love (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • Before Chris Stapleton found fame with his Traveller album, Jake Owen used to call the singer-songwriter's publisher for his demos just so he could hear him sing. One day, Owen came across this Stapleton-penned soulful plea to a woman to ditch her loser man. Not only did he record the song, he enlisted Stapleton to sing back-up. "He didn't have a [solo] album out then, and I would listen to his songs all the time," Owen told Rolling Stone Country. "For "If He Ain't Gonna Love You," he sang on the demo, too - and it's so good, it's hard to beat that. But he made me sound better."

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