Jason Aldean Almost Missed Out on “Don’t You Wanna Stay”

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The hit duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" wasn't originally meant to be recorded by country music star Jason Aldean. Learn the story here!

Believe it or not, the powerful duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay” wasn’t originally intended for country music star Jason Aldean and vocal powerhouse Kelly Clarkson. The hit song, written by Andy Gibson, Paul Jenkins, and Jason Sellers, was going to instead feature country artist Andy Gibson’s solo vocals. The writers envisioned a song that contained relatable lyrics and consisted of words that men would actually use.

“Not like flowery poetry and all the things that none of us could ever think of … something your everyday average guy would think of. So that’s what we came up with,” Gibson explained to The Boot.

Eventually, the song made it over to Aldean, which led to his decision to make it a duet. The Georgia native felt the tune needed two vocalists and he knew he wanted American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson to be his duo partner. “I’ve always been a big fan of hers. I love her voice, and I love her style. Long story short, we got her a copy of the song, and she loved it,” Jason admitted.

The renowned country star made the right decision in choosing Kelly as a partner, the single hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, was certified double Platinum, and received many award nominations.

Watch Jason and Kelly in the recording studio below!

Be sure to share how “Don’t You Wanna Stay” came to be with others who love this song! 

“Don’t You Wanna Stay” Lyrics 

I really hate to let this moment go
Touching your skin and your hair falling slow
When a goodbye kiss, feels like this
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
Don’t you wanna hold each other tight
Don’t you wanna fall asleep with me tonight
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
We can make forever feel this way
Don’t you wanna stay
Let’s take it slow I don’t wanna move too fast
I don’t wanna just make love, I wanna make love last
When your up this high, it’s a sad goodbye
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
Don’t you wanna hold each other tight
Don’t you wanna fall asleep with me tonight
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
We can make forever feel this way
Don’t you wanna stay
Oh yeah!
Oh you feel so perfect baby
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
Don’t you wanna hold each other tight
Don’t you wanna fall asleep with me tonight
Don’t you wanna stay here a little while
We can make forever feel this way
Don’t you wanna stay
Don’t you wanna stay
Yeah yeah yeah, yeah yeah yeah

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