July 11.2014 – Story Behind “Easy” by Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedinfield

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This song was written by the Country singer Katrina Elam and songwriter Mike Mobley, whose tunes have been recorded by Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean. Elam toured with Rascal Flatts in 2006 to promote her unreleased second album, Turn Me Up.

The song features English pop singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield. “We had a blast recording with Natasha,” said Gary LeVox. “I’ve always been addicted to great singers and she is certainly one of the best. It was an honor to sing with her.”

Bedingfield discussed her contribution to this song in an interview with Billboard magazine: “I’ve always had very eclectic and varied tastes in music,” she said. “I think you’re always going to see that from me, just working with people in different genres. I love it. Rascal Flatts were fantastic; I’ve always been into folk music and Americana, people like Johnny Cash, so I feel that’s quite linked to country music. And I know Rascal Flatts are classified as pop/country, definitely more in that world. So it was like opening a window for me.”

Bassist Jay DeMarcus told Billboard magazine it was Gary LeVox’s idea to record this as a duet. He recalled: “It was one of those songs that was pitched to us for the last record, and we fell in love with it immediately. I think it was Gary’s idea on the bus one day – ‘You know, this could be a cool duet.’ The more we talked about it, the more it made sense. We were huge fans of Natasha’s. We sent her the song, she knew who we were, and was a fan of country music. She had known us for ‘God Bless the Broken Road’ and ‘What Hurts The Most.’ She came to Nashville, and watching the two of them in the studio was very inspiring.”

It was released in June 2011 as the third single from Rascal Flatts’ album Nothing Like This. It became Rascal Flatts’ fifth AC Top 20 hit, and it reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot Country singles chart. As of the chart dated July 21, 2012, the song has sold 917,000 copies in the US

Lryics written by Katrina Elam and Mike Mobley

We broke up
yeah, it’s tough
most guys would’ve been crushed
Wastin’ their time
Wonderin’ where they went wrong
No way, not me
Hey, I’m doing just fine
I’m not afraid of movin’ on

It’s easy going out on a Friday night
Easy every time I see her out
I can smile, live it up
The way a single guy does
But what she, what she don’t know
Is how hard it is to make it look so

[Natasha Bedingfield]
The truth is
That I miss lyin’ in those arms of his
But I don’t ever let it show
I laugh and I act like
I’m having the time of my life
as far as he knows

It’s easy goin’ out on a Friday night
Easy, everytime I see him out
I can smile, live it up
The way a single girl does
But, what he, what he don’t know
is how hard it is to make it look so
Oh, it’s easy

Oh, it’s easy goin’ out on a Friday night
Oh, it’s easy every time I see him out
I can smile, live it up
Forget about the way it was
But what she
Oh, what he don’t know
What she don’t know
Is how hard it is to make it look so
Look so easy

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