Danja told Billboard
magazine he first heard this song before executive producers Larry Jackson and Clive Davis gave it to him to produce. "I always liked it," Danja said, "It made me feel like the 'Africa
' song [by Toto]."
At some point during production, it became clear this tune was meant for Houston. Danja said, "When we finally got to the zone we started to design it for her."
He continued, "We did it in a day. It was a spur-of-the-moment type of thing. We had this record. Everybody loved it but it just could be taken to another level. It just needed something in the chorus, something to build." That's when Danja stepped in.