April 2.2014 – The Story Behind “Blessed” by Martina McBride

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sometimes it takes just one word to spark songwriters into action. And the magic word for Brett James was “blessed.”

“That’s it – that’s all I had,” laughs Brett, as he recalls the morning he was writing with Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey. “I must have been feeling good about life that day.”

Later on, he would feel even better. Once Brett, Troy and Hillary decided on “Blessed” as a title, the verses poured out like rain from heaven.

“We started thinking of how fortunate we all were to have good families and solid support systems,” says Troy, who had previously teamed up with Brett on Jessica Andrews’ No. 1, “Who I Am.” “From there, it all happened pretty quickly.”

Hillary adds, “We came up with a melody first. Troy and Brett started playing, I started singing some notes and then we just thought of situations. There were so many lines being tossed around that it was hard to keep up with them.”

Naturally, not every line was a keeper. “I’m sure each one of us said some kind of cheesy thing that got thrown away,” laughs Hillary.

“We all agreed,” says Brett, “that the ‘hardwood floor’ line was great. It’s such a beautiful image.” Declares Troy, “You can really feel that line!”

The trio was also in perfect harmony as to its dream singer for “Blessed” – Martina McBride. “We really had her in mind,” Troy reveals. “She seems to be one of the few stars who is able to balance career and a family. On top of that,” he grins, “we’re all huge fans of hers.”

As most writers know, however, the best-laid plans can unravel at a moment’s notice. “It’s very rare when you get the singer you want,” says Brett. But he and his co-writers were evidently … blessed.

“We wrote it for Martina, then we pitched it to her – and it ended up with her,” says Troy in amazement.

“Blessed” made the cut as a bonus selection on Martina’s Greatest Hits album last year. April 1.2002, the song climbed to the top of the charts.

And that put Hillary on cloud nine. “That’s my first No. 1,” she says smiling. “I thought we had written a pretty cool song – but you never expect anything like this.”

In March 2002, Blessed became Martina’s fifth No. 1 single on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
* Source Country Weekly Magazine and Wikipedia

LYRICS: Written by Brett James Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
I get kissed by the sun
Each morning
Put my feet on a hardwood floor
I get to hear my children laughing
Down the hall through the
Bedroom door
Sometimes I sit on my
Front porch swing
Just soaking up the day
I think to myself, I think to myself
This world is a beautiful place

[Chorus]
I have been blessed
And I feel like I’ve found my way
I thank God for all I’ve been given
At the end of every day
I have been blessed
With so much more than I deserve
To be here with the ones
That love me
To love them so much it hurts
I have been blessed

Across a crowded room
I know you know what I’m thinking
By the way I look at you
And when we’re lying in the quiet
And no words have to be said
I think to myself, I think to myself
This love is a beautiful gift

[Chorus]

When I’m singing my kids to sleep
When I feel you holding me
I know

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