"Neon Church" was written by Ben Stennis (Jason Aldean's "First Time Again
," Justin Moore's "Hell On A Highway
"), Ben Goldsmith (Jerrod Niemann's "Blue Bandana
") and newcomer Ross Ellis Lipsey. McGraw first heard the song while waiting to pick up his daughter at her school. After listening to it, he instantly realized its message is one he couldn't pass up.
"It's tough to find a song that's got this kind of drive and this power and this weight to it, that's got such a great lyric," he explained. "And then right off the bat, when you hear 'I need Jesus or I need whiskey,' you're hooked into the song right away. And it only gets better from there."