Faith Hill has no shortage of great songs coming her way. Some of Nashville’s best songwriters are clamoring for her to record their lyrics. The only downside? Hill realized that over the course of her two-decade career, some of her favorite songs had been lost in the shuffle and never given the proper chance to shine. That’s where Hill’s new album Deep Tracks comes into play.
Deep Tracks, released Nov. 18, encompasses Hill’s favorite unreleased songs and “deep cuts” and gives them new life. One particular standout from the record is the previously unreleased “Why,” a powerful song about the loss of a close friend to suicide.
Hill wrote on Twitter that “Why” was a favorite of her husband, Tim McGraw. McGraw also took to social media to praise the song (and gush over his wife).
baby, your voice and this song just absolutely break me apart
It goes straight to the soul https://t.co/qZzpRTOpfN
— Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) November 18, 2016
Written by Rob Mathes and Allen Shamblin, “Why” was originally recorded by Rascal Flatts in 2009.
Both McGraw and Hill are pros at choosing great country songs by top-notch songwriters. In 2001, the couple collaborated on “Angry All the Time,” originally recorded by another husband and wife team — Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis. And McGraw’s huge hit “Humble and Kind” is one of the few solo-written songs to climb the country charts in recent years. Written by Lori McKenna as a plea to her five children to live well and do right by others, McGraw brought the message to the masses and garnered a CMA Award for Song of the Year along the way. Clearly, great taste abounds in the McGraw-Hill household.
Deep Tracks also includes the previously unreleased gospel song “Come to Jesus”, written and previously recorded by Americana singer-songwriter Mindy Smith. Hill says she recorded the song for her mother, who always wanted her to record a gospel album.
You can catch Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on the Soul2Soul Tour next year.