Even though Luke Combs is currently enjoying his seventh consecutive number one, he doesn’t typically get too carried away with his own compositions.
But his latest chart topper, “Even Though I’m Leaving,” is different.
“Most of the time, when I see somebody gushing about a song that they wrote, I’m kind of like the ‘roll my eyes’ guy,” he admits. “I’m like, ‘Okay. Are you really doing that or are we just playing it up?'”
“But that’s probably the one instance [when] I was genuinely moved by something that I hadn’t even experienced,” Luke says of his current hit, which deals with losing someone you love. “I’m lucky enough to still have both my parents, and I can’t imagine having to sing that song when that time comes.”
The North Carolina native felt “Even Though I’m Leaving” so deeply, he could hardly record it.
“I was in tears singing the work tape of that song when we wrote it,” Luke recalls. “And I’m totally NOT the guy that’s… so emotional…”
“And I don’t know what about it hit me so hard,” he reflects. “But something about that day was definitely really special. Just a really intense experience — getting through that last verse on the work tape was.”
For now, Luke’s appreciating the power of his song, without letting it go to his head.
“It was one of the few times where I’ve really been moved by my own song,” he explains. “Which I don’t want to be that guy that’s like ‘Oh, man, my song is so good,’ you know, ’cause I’m totally not that guy!”
Luke has plenty to celebrate this week. His new record, What You See Is What You Get, just debuted at number one on Billboard‘s all-genre album chart as well.
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