Co-writer Gary Allan is a successful recording artist in his own right. Hoge told Taste of Country
how the "Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)
" singer ended up with writing credits on his record. "Gary was getting ready to work on what was his last album, and he was looking for songs, and I got a call to go write with him," he explained. "That's just not a call that I get very often, you know, getting to really focus on writing for an artist. I relish those opportunities when they come. So I sat that morning and really wanted to go in with Gary and give him songs, I wanted him to go, 'Yes, here's my next single.' And then Gary does all the work, I just cash the checks and buy a new house and feel great about it."
"So I came up with these two what I felt like were really strong songs, so much so that I called my manager that morning, and I was like, 'Man, I've got these two songs that I love, and I'm wondering if I should go in and finish them with Gary, in hopes that he'll cut them, or do I just keep them for myself?'" Hoge continued. "And he said, 'Look, this is an incredible opportunity, I would suggest when you're in these moments, you have to take advantage.'"
"Which made total sense. So I go in with my friend Dylan and Gary, and I play these songs, and we wrote the rest of them, two songs in a day," he added. "I just loved them, and I felt sure Gary was gonna have huge hits with them. And he didn't use either one of them. So I was like, "Well, I know which two songs I'm gonna put on my next record." I'm excited about having Gary as a writer on my record. I think he's a talented guy."