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"I listened to it, loved it, called my manager and said I have to have it. It's just dramatic, juicy, and something so cinematic about it. You can see it play out in your head as listening to it. I was like, I an't imagine anyone singing it, it has to be me, I have to sing this song" says Underwood.
Underwood performs the song with such passion, it's hard to believe she didn't write it. But that credit goes to Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins. They are no stranger to Underwood hits. The duo's first big break was her 2007 hit song "Before He Cheats".
When they sat down in the writing session that produced "Blown Away", their intent was to write another hit specifically for Underwood.
"Carrie was about 2 or 3 singles into her 3rd record. She hadn't announced she was looking for songs we just knew the song search would start soon. I remember we wanted a track as cool as Coldplay, melody as cool as Rhiana and a lyric like it belongs on a Carrie Underwood record" says Kear.
The session started off with Tompkins creating strings and drums.
They say the sound effects naturally came next. Creating the perfect - storm.
"We didn't have a hook. It's not like we were like blown away lets go with that. We started with the dry lightning cracks across the sky. That was first we wrote and we wrote there forward" explains Kear.
The only hesitation they had was painting themselves into a corner by using Underwoods home state of Oklahoma in the lyrics.
"That section wrote fast and then stopped and we had a discussion of whether we wanted to leave it in. In the end we talked about how that is the entire point of this session, to write a song that we think would make a good Carrie Underwood song, lets go with it. That was the best decision we made that day" says Kear.
Many songs come from a very personal place. For Kear writing blown away was totally fictional. Just as it was for Underwood to perform it.
"I love the song because I wasn't speaking the words I and me. I was telling a story" says Underwood.
For Tompkins, the topic was much more personal. "I grew up with and around a lot of alcoholism. I went to aa meetings with my family and heard all kinds of things I shouldn't hear at that age. I picked up a lot of real life stuff."
After the two day writing session the guys had mixed feelings about how the song turned out.
"I thought from moment we wrote it we had something special" says Kear. "I had some doubts just because the type of song it was" says Tompkins.
In the end, Underwood changed very little. "There were lighting and thunder rolls, rain, siren, all that went away" says Tompkins.
It seems everything about the song was just meant to be. "I was meant to hear that song and record it. All works together" says Underwood.
Thursday, February 7 2013, 10:03 PM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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