Jo Dee Messina returned to the CMA Awards for the primary time in 20 years through the 2022 present on Nov. 9. The nation singer stunned the viewers when she appeared onstage throughout Cole Swindell’s efficiency of the present. Cole was performing his tune “She Had Me At Heads Carolina,” which was impressed by Jo Dee’s 1996 hit “Heads Carolina, Tails California.” The legendary nation singer belted out the ultimate verse of her tune to shut out the efficiency, making for the last word duet. The final time Jo Dee attended the CMA Awards was again in 2002, so this was a giant evening!
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“She Had Me At Heads Carolina” is a tune about falling for a lady who took the stage throughout an evening of karaoke. It options the melody of Jo Dee’s unique hit, with Cole’s unbelievable songwriting storytelling woven in. Cole wrote the tune with Thomas Rhett, together with Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure. The concept for the observe got here up when Cole and TR have been on tour collectively and determined to place a spin on a tune they liked.
“The solely angle that labored was the thought of strolling in someplace and the lady be singing that tune,” Cole defined to Billboard. “Later, I bought an opportunity to speak to Jo Dee and she or he was cool with it. I bought to let her know what a fan I used to be and that I wished her to be concerned.” Jo Dee appeared within the music video for the tune, and Cole additionally dropped a remix that includes the 90s singer earlier this month.
Cole additionally admitted that Jo Dee is likely one of the causes that he fell in love with nation music. “Just to honor that and 90s nation music and now name her a buddy, and even having her within the video, it’s arduous to place into phrases,” he gushed. “After ten years of being on this enterprise, it seems like a brand new starting.” The tune is featured on Cole’s album Stereotype and has reached No. 1 on the Country Airplay Billboard charts.