I wrote Glow in the Dark with Kelsea Ballerini and her producer, Forest Whitehead, back when she was writing for her first album. She put it on hold for her album and when it didn’t make the record my publisher started pitching it to labels around town. It was later put on hold for 3 different major country artists. It didn’t surprise me that none of these artists ended up cutting it because it always sounded like a pop song to me. After two years of the song remaining uncut, it because the catalyst for me recording a project of my own. I figured the song was too great to go unappreciated.
I originally had the title and was planning on taking it in a sexier direction. Probably male perspective somewhere along the lines of “if you think she’s beautiful in the daylight you should see how she glows in the dark.” Or even talking to a girl “TonightI’m going to make you glow in the dark.” But when Forest started playing the vibe that day, it felt like a girl’s night out anthem. When I saw the title in my idea book it felt like it could shift into a cheeky, ego centric party vibe.
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