Craving you from Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris is the #1 song this week on CISN Country’s CMT Top 20 Countdown with Paul McGuire.
The 2017 CMT Music Awards were packed with top-notch performers all night long, including Thomas Rhett’s performance of “Craving You” but this time, without singing partner Maren Morris. Fans are used to seeing Rhett sing “Craving You” with Morris by his side; they took the stage together at the 2017 ACM Awards, and the music video features both of them. But for the CMT Music Awards, Rhett was the center of attention. His energetic performance had country stars and the crowd singing along, and a handful of sleek backup dancers completed the ’80s-inspired song.
“Craving You” was written by Julian Bunetta and Dave Barnes, during a co-writing session that Rhett was supposed to be part of as well; Rhett was sick at home, but when the guys sent him the track, he was “blown away by the longing-ness of the story” and loved its vibe. Rhett calls “Craving You” “a little bit emotional, a little bit tense,” and adds that working with Morris was “amazing.”
“My producer sent me a version with just me on it, and then he sent me a version with Maren on it, and I think me and my wife and my team were just collectively like ‘Wow, she adds such a crazy element to the song,’” he says.
“It was so nice to be able to work with you know, there’s a lot of females that are killing it right now, and Maren is definitely one of those girls whose voice is just undeniably powerful and soulful, and on top of that, she’s just a really, really sweet person to work with,” Rhett says. “I think she just adds so much life and so much intensity to this song.” “Craving You” is the first single from Rhett’s forthcoming third studio album.