The band releases their song, Why, from their album, Unstoppable. Rooney:
It’s a story that you get in your mind as you hear the lyrics. My friend who committed suicide was 17, the summer before senior year. That second verse — “In my mind, I keep you frozen like a 17-year-old” — it’s eerie to me and it’s haunting. At the same time, it’s a poignant message for the youth out there, for the teenagers out there, struggling and contemplating that decision, which they shouldn’t make. That’s why this song’s got a lot of angst in it because it wants to let that [message] out of the bag — that’s not the answer. You don’t have to do that. There’s so much more in your life to live for. There are so many more people in your life that are going to be affected by a decision like that. That’s why I do love that song
The band releases, Here Comes Goodbye, from, Unstoppable. Rooney:
We always look for a song that’s unique. That one came across the table, and for us, it was really wonderful. It had everything that Rascal Flatts is all about. It had the big chorus. It had a really unique melody and a killer hook. We just knew that Gary would sing the dog out of it, no doubt about it. The demo was just a piano and a vocal. I had always heard it like that, as well. I think Jay and our producer, Dann Huff, were like, ‘Let’s cut this thing with a big band. Let’s make this thing as big as it can be.’ I’m glad they had the idea because it’s become this behemoth of a song. Once it’s over, you’re wringing yourself out. That’s what we want. That’s the big thing we want on the big side of songs we cut. We’re just lucky to have that one. It’s one of the first songs we put on hold for the project.