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Sara Evans A Little Bit Stronger lyrics
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Story Behind the Song: Sara Evans, ‘A Little Bit Stronger’

In her "A Little Bit Stronger" music video, Sara Evans confesses, "It's only been a week since he life, and it feels like it's been forever," while holding back tears. For Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, who co-wrote the song with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, that was a true sentiment when the threesome penned the tune.

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Story Behind the Song: Keith Urban, ‘Only You Can Love Me This Way’

After meeting at a Nashville songwriting camp shortly before, Steve McEwan and John Reid co-wrote "Only You Can Love Me This Way" in about 15 minutes. In the spring of 2009, Keith Urban released the song as the third single from his Defying Gravity album; it became the 11th of his singles to reach the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, earned a Top 40 spot on the Hot 100 (No. 34) and has been certified gold. Inside, McEwan and Reid tell The Boot about how the quickly written hit came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Zac Brown Band, ‘Chicken Fried’

Zac Brown and Wyatt Durrette co-wrote "Chicken Fried" in the early 2000s. The Zac Brown Band first recorded the song in 2003, then re-recorded it later in the decade and released it as the first single off of their album The Foundation in 2008. That year, the tune earned the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and a Top 20 spot on the Hot 100 (No. 20). It has since been certified quadruple platinum.

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Story Behind the Song: Jason Aldean, ‘Big Green Tractor’

David Lee Murphy and Jim Collins co-wrote the song "Big Green Tractor,"  which Jason Aldean recorded for his Wide Open album. Aldean released the song as a single in May of 2009, and in September of that year, it became his third No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, spending four weeks in the top spot.

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Story Behind the Song: Carrie Underwood, ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’

In the mid-2000s, Carrie Underwood scored a crossover smash hit with "Jesus, Take the Wheel," co-written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson. The song, Underwood's first single from her debut album, Some Hearts, spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and earned a Top 10 spot on the Christian Songs chart (No. 4), a Top 20 spot on the Hot 100 (No. 20) and  Top 30 spot on the Adult Contemporary chart (No. 23).

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Story Behind the Song: Rascal Flatts, ‘Every Day’

Alissa Moreno and Jeffrey Steele co-wrote "Every Day," a song that Rascal Flatts recorded for their Still Feels Good album and released as the record's third single in March of 2008. After debuting at No. 42 on the Hot Country Songs chart, "Every Day" reached a peak of No. 2 in June of 2008, becoming the Flatts 19th consecutive Top 10 hit. Below, Moreno tells The Boot about how the song came to be.

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Story Behind the Song: Jake Owen, ‘Something About a Woman’

Jake Owen's debut album, Startin' With Me, includes a song called "Something About a Woman." Co-written by Owen, Bob Regan and Jimmy Ritchey, the tune was released in August of 2007 as the artist's third and final single from his debut project and earned a Top 20 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (No. 15). Inside, Owen tells The Boot about how spying on his girlfriend while she was applying suntan lotion during a beach trip inspired the song.

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Story Behind the Song: Trisha Yearwood, ‘Sing You Back to Me’

In November of 2007, Trisha Yearwood released her 10th studio album, Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love. The record earned a Top 10 spot on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and spawned three singles, one of which reached the Top 20 and one of which landed in the Top 30. "Sing You Back to Me" was not one of those singles -- in fact, it almost didn't even make it onto the project -- but as Yearwood tells The Boot, the song is special to her for a reason entirely separate from chart success.

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Story Behind the Song: George Strait, ‘I Saw God Today’

"I Saw God Today," written by Rodney Clawson, Monty Criswell and Wade Kirby, became the lead single from George Strait's Troubadour album. When the country icon released the track in February of 2008, it debuted at No. 19 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart -- the highest chart debut of his career.

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Story Behind the Song: Miranda Lambert, ‘Gunpowder & Lead’

In January of 2008, Miranda Lambert released "Gunpowder & Lead" as the third single from her second major-label album, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Co-written by Lambert and Heather Little, the song became Lambert's first Top 10 hit on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart: After debuting on the chart just outside of the Top 50 (No. 51) in mid-January, "Gunpowder & Lead" peaked at No. 7 in mid-August.

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