The collaboration came about when Morris was listening in her back porch to the tracks she'd written during her first writing session with Greg Kurstin and Sarah Aarons, including "Common." It had been a bad day but her spirits were lifted when she received a package from Carlile which contained a vinyl copy of the singer's 2018 album By the Way, I Forgive You
and a note.
"She wrote me a letter saying that she's so thankful that her daughters are going to get to grow up in a world where there's a woman like me in country music," Morris recalled to Esquire
. "I was just bawling my eyes out."
Though written as a solo track, Morris saw that "Common" had potential as a duet so she reached out to Carlile, asking if she'd be interested in a collaboration, and the Seattle singer immediately replied "yes."