How a Kickball Game Led to a Top 10 Country Song for Sam Hunt + Ingrid Andress
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You never know where and when a country song will be written, or how a collaboration on a song can fall into place. For Ingrid Andress, her Grammy-nominated Sam Hunt duet, "Wishful Drinking," came to fruition at a kickball game.
Andress says that after she saw Hunt at a kickball game, she knew instantly that he would be the perfect collaborator on her song that she had just written, "Wishful Drinking." But she was feeling a little iffy on whether or not she should approach him at the game. She thought about it, but eventually didn't go through with it.
Andress, speaking to People on the red carpet before the 2023 Grammy Awards, said that she "did not have the balls" to ask Hunt to collaborate right then and there. However, "I had my team reach out to his, and he was like, 'Yeah, I love this,'" she recalls.
She also had nice things to say about his singing abilities: "When I got his vocal, I was like, 'I need to re-do mine! He sounds better than me!'"
Andress has also written for pop artists including Charlie XCX and Fletcher, as well as Bebe Rexha and more. "Wishful Drinking" went all the way to No. 4 on the country chart and appeared on her Good Person album, which came out in August of 2022.