The title track of the tenth studio album by American Country music artist Trace Adkins was not penned by the singer but was written by Chris Wallin, Aaron Barker and Ira Dean with him in mind. He explained: "You know, I've had several near death experiences that everybody knows about, and these guys know me very well, so they wrote the song for me."
The biographical tune took on a more significant meaning when two months before the album's release, Adkins' home in Brentwood, Tennessee burned down. Said the singer: "The title song could have been based on my life and it's about narrow escapes and the grace that guides you through. Obviously, now after the fire, Proud To Be Here takes on an even greater significance. Once again, I've been blessed and everyone is safe. I don't even want to think what could've been had it started at 3am instead of 3pm..."
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.