Trisha Yearwood Faced a Challenge Following Success of ‘She’s in Love With the Boy’
Trisha Yearwood made history following the release of her debut single, "She's in Love With the Boy," in March of 1991: That August, the song hit No. 1, making Yearwood the first female artist to have a debut single reach the top of the charts. While the singer was thrilled to have such success so early in her career, it also gave her a new, and unique, set of challenges.
""She’s in Love With the Boy" was the song that I just recorded because I liked it. It was a story song, where no one’s good enough for daddy’s little girl. It was an experience I had, and I just thought it was a cool song," Yearwood recalled during an appearance at the Country Music Hall of Fame. "When it became No. 1, it was my first single, which, at that time, that just didn’t happen. So it made country music history. It was a big big deal."
The Georgia native quickly realized that landing at the top of the charts so early on put more pressure on her than other, more experienced artists.
"I jokingly said, ‘This is easy,’" Yearwood remembers. "It did catapult me to instant ‘Who is this girl?’ [status] because no one had ever done anything like that. But then it was almost harder, because you know a lot of bands and artists who have one hit, and it’s huge, and it’s the only thing you sing for a year, and then you never heard from them again.
"You had to have more than one hit if you want to have longevity. You can always be a trivia question, but if you want to have longevity, it’s more than just the one song. It’s more building a whole catalog of who you are, and who you are as an artist," she continues. "That’s one of the cool things, I think, about country music: It’s really loyal and kind and lets you be an artist for a long time."
"She's in Love With the Boy" is available for download on iTunes.
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