Jeff Trott, known for his longtime collaboration with Sheryl Crow, came on board as producer for the Heartstrings
album. In his Songfacts interview
, he explained how he helped Leighton shape her original songs: "She came to me with a bunch of songs that basically just had verses and choruses, but no middle section or a bridge. I would just suggest things like a bridge would be great here, or some kind of instrumental section. Or hey, you could say a lot more in this section.
So then she was just like, well why don't you write one, and then I would just write a bridge. So that's kind of how I collaborated with Leighton on her record. Not at the beginning of writing the song initially, but after the fact."