The song was written by Makeba Riddick, who has credits on songs by such A-list artists as Jennifer Lopez ("All I Have
," Rihanna ("Rude Boy
") and Beyoncé ("Deja Vu
"). It was one of a number of songs she'd submitted to RCA Inspiration. However, even though the label's head, Phil Thornton was a good friend of Riddick's, he turned everything down.
The breakthrough came when Greenleaf
, a drama show on the OWN Network were looking for a song to be sung by Koryn Hawthorne. Thornton, who had just signed the gospel singer, suggested "Won't He Do It."
They agreed and after it featured successfully in Greenleaf
, the label decided to use "Won't He Do It" as a single. Riddick was over the moon, as she'd been wanting to break into gospel music for a long time. She told Billboard
: "It's a fresh sound for gospel, and I told Phil that was a big thing for me. I wanted to help usher in a new sound to involve a different demographic. We could pull in some of the young people and let them know that God is cool, if you're a believer. And Koryn was the perfect conduit to do that with, because she is young and has swag."
Riddick added: "Songs like 'Won't He Do It' are what I would listen to if I were buying a gospel album. I want to be in the car turning it up and my bopping my head the same way I would to a Drake song."