Moore wrote the song with longtime co-writers Blair Daly ("Beer Money
," "Running for You
") and Westin Davis ("I'm to Blame
," "Guitar Man
"). He told Billboard
how the trusted pair gave him the help he needed to complete the cut.
"They were special days in the room and when I was singing 'Payin' Hard' trying to do the demo, it was so honest and so real for me at that moment. It was the first time ever, ever in my years of writing and recording that I couldn't get through a song. I couldn't sing it. I kept breaking down and I couldn't sing it.
They kept telling me to just come back another day when you feel like you can, and I was like, 'Nah, I want to get this out today.' I was comfortable enough with those two; there was a strong enough friendship and bond and I was not afraid to be that vulnerable in that room with those two because I mean Westin is like my brother. I was having a really tough time singing that lyric that day, but I got it out. I finally got it done."