Southern Belle

Album: Single release only (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • This ode to a quintessential Southern belle was written by Jason Saenz and Sean McConnell. Scotty McCreery debuted the tune on July 31, 2015 at the Fox & Friends All-American Summer Concert Series, in New York City.
  • Saturday night with the red lipstick
    Just like Scarlett, she's gone with the wind
    Sunday morning with the honey biscuits, have mercy


    The image of the Southern belle developed in the South during the first half of the nineteenth century. It was based on the young, unmarried woman in the plantation-owning upper class of Southern society. In the late 1930s Gone with the Wind popularized their image, with the book and movie's central character Scarlett O'Hara being portrayed as the quintessential Southern belle.
  • The Jason Saenz and Sean McConnell penned song contains more mature themes than McCreery's previous releases. "This is probably about as far left as we'll go," the devout Christian singer told Rolling Stone Country. "When my producer [Frank Rogers] heard it, he said, 'I think we can Scottify this.' There was one [reference to] hell that we changed."
  • The song's music video features Scotty McCreery surrounded by a dance team and multiple cheer squads and marching band members from all over middle Tennessee. They include cheerleading teams from Belmont University and from Lipscomb University along with the Vanderbilt University Spirit of Gold Marching Band. "This video was fun to make," said McCreery. "We did it right here in town in Nashville and brought out the Belmont cheerleaders, Lipscomb, had some Nashville Predators girls come out and join us, had the Vanderbilt band come out and join us, so it was still just kind of college themed for me."

    "It's kind of the end of college days for me, so kind of reminiscent on that," he continued. "But really, for me, it was showcasing the strong women - you talk about Southern Belles. Those girls doing all their cheerleading moves, flipping back and forth and tumbling and all that stuff. That's insane to me to watch. I don't know how they do it. So athletic, and I just wanted to showcase the strong ladies out there and the strong Southern Belles in the video, so it really came out great. I'm excited about it."

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