Back to Life

Album: single release only (2018)
Charted: 120
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  • This waltzy ballad pays sweet tribute to all the special women in the Rascal Flatts trio's lives.

    She puts that beat in my chest
    Pounds like a drum
    Shakes me like thunder
    Taking my hand
    Pulling me up
    When I'm going under

    Frontman Gary LeVox explained to Billboard the track reflects the grounding power of their marriages. "That's how we look at our wives, as just being the anchors, and our moms," he said. "They're the ones that keep us from going under half the time."

    Multi-instrumentalist Jay DeMarcus added, "It's a pretty empowering song for women to let them know how much power they really have when it comes to being a support system for their husbands, and how much life they can bring to us whenever we're going through dark times."
  • The song also focuses on the adorable quirks and cute foibles that Rascal Flatts trio love about their wives such as putting "her feet on the dash" and "making up half the words that she's singing." Dan + Shay singer Shay Mooney co-wrote the track with Cary Barlowe, Niko Moon and Fred Wilhelm.

    "The first moment we heard this song, we knew it was meant for us," Gary LeVox said. "There are so many little things that add up to making someone so uniquely special to you, and this song captures that love and conveys all the good feelings that come along with it."
  • The song continues Rascal Flatts' relationship with the Dan + Shay member. Shay Mooney also helped pen the band's 2015 country #1 hit "I Like the Sound of That ," while he and Dan Smyers spent the 2018 summer on tour with Rascal Flatts.
  • Shay Mooney told The Boot the song was inspired by his wife Hannah. He explained that it's hard not to be inspired by Hannah as he and Dan Smyers both "have wives that are way out of our league. So anytime we have a chance to express our gratitude for that, we do."
  • The music video documents Rscal Flatts' performance of the song during a show at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado in September 2018. The clip also showcases the trio's view from the stage, as the crowd of more than 9,000 people light up their phones and hold them up in the air.


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