Matt Stell Shares Behind the Song Story For No. 1 Hit “Prayed For You” [Exclusive]

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Matt Stell has a lot to celebrate this week, including the fact that his current single ‘Prayed For You” hit  the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country airplay charts, marking the only debut single from an artist to hit the top spot on Country Airplay in 2019 .

Penned by Matt, Ash Bowers and Allison Veltz, “Prayed For You” takes on the all too relatable story of a guy praying for that special someone before he’s even met her.

“‘Cause every single day, before I knew your name / I couldn’t see your face, but I prayed for you / Every heartbreak trail when all hope fell / On the highway to hell, I prayed for you / I kept my faith like that old King James / Said I’m supposed to / It’s hard to imagine, bigger than I could fathom / I didn’t know you from Adam but I prayed for you,” he sings in the chorus.

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As part of the Grand Ole Opry’s The Set List, Matt sat down for an exclusive interview to discuss the story behind the song that takes into account experiences from all three writers.

“I wrote ‘Prayed For You’ with two of my best friends here in town, and Ash and I were waiting on the third co-writer, Allison to get to the write,” Matt shares in the Opry clip. “She called and said, ‘Hey, I’m running late but I’ve got this idea.’ She showed up with what turned out to be the hook and the back half of the chorus—’more than I can fathom , didn’t know you from Adam but I prayed for you.

He continued, “So she brought that to the table and she had just met her husband about a week before so she was in that frame of mind. We just kind of interjected our life experiences and all our relationships and wrote a song with a character that’s a lot like me who’s a lot luckier than he deserves in a lot of different ways, including relationships.”

Check out this exclusive clip of Matt Stell on the Opry’s The Set List.