Crow commented on her blog that this was inspired by the strength of the New Orleans people in the midst of the 2005 flood disaster. She said: "What struck me about it is the stoicism of the New Orleans people, they are spiritually based. You can see it in their eyes that they aren't going to give up, they are going to rebuild."
"Love Is Free" became Crow's 16th entry on the Hot AC/Adult Top 40 chart in January 2008. This tied her with Madonna as the artist with the most charting singles on that list.
In an interview with Billboard magazine Crow expanded on how she came to write this song: "I think it actually came about after I was reading in the New York Times about Brad Pitt and what he's doing [in New Orleans] and reflecting on my time down there. I spent 3 or 4 months working on the self-titled record there. It was such a great time because it was one of those moments in my career when I felt everyone was against me. My first record had done really well. Then there was all this backlash about how I didn't write it, a bunch of men wrote it and they're all mad and I can't even play or sing. To be down in New Orleans, where there's already that spirit of grit and voodoo and black magic, and just being able to kind of slink around the city and be like a kid, like a bratty teenager trying to prove myself, was such an exciting time. The inspiration for that song was thinking about that and seeing what it looks like now. It just breaks my heart."
Jay-Z's 2012 "Glory" features his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's cries and coos. At less than two days old, she became the youngest ever credited artist to feature on a Billboard chart when the song debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #74.
His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."