Quarterback (song)

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Single by Kira Isabella
from the album Caffeine & Big Dreams
ReleasedMarch 25, 2014 (2014-03-25)
FormatDigital download
LabelLegend North, HitShop
Songwriter(s)Rivers Rutherford
Bobby Hamrick
Marti Dodson
Producer(s)Mark Liggett
Jerry Lane
Kira Isabella singles chronology
"Blame It on Your Truck"
"Gone Enough"

"Quarterback" is a song recorded by Canadian country music artist Kira Isabella. It was written by Rivers Rutherford, Bobby Hamrick, and Marti Dodson, and was produced by Mark Liggett and Jerry Lane. The song was first released in Canada through Legend North (under license to Sony Music Canada) on March 25, 2014 as the lead single from Isabella's second studio album, Caffeine & Big Dreams.

Background and release

During the initial writing, "Quarterback" was to take a lighter approach, comparing the protective qualities of a linebacker to the more glamorous quarterback position. After discussing rape scandals surrounding university football teams in recent years, the co-writers made the decision to pursue a darker storyline.[1] The song was originally planned to be pitched to Carrie Underwood, who had previously tackled tough subjects in such singles as "Temporary Home" and "Blown Away". It was not passed along to her, however, as one of her associates suggested that Underwood recording the song would be inappropriate due to her romantic history with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.[1] The song then caught the attention of Kira Isabella's management team, who believed the song could work for her. Though written as a first-person narrative in the demo version, the songwriters opted to re-write "Quarterback" in the third person to avoid leading listeners to believe the story came from Isabella's personal experience.[1]

"Quarterback" was released in Canada through Legend North on March 25, 2014.[2] In the US, the song was released to digital retailers through HitShop Records on April 1, 2014, and was serviced to country radio on May 19, 2014.[3][4] "Quarterback" marks Isabella's first US release after signing to HitShop Records in late 2013.[5][6]

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