“Someone Else’s Star“
Written by Skip Ewing and Jim Weatherly
#1 (1 week)
September 9, 1995
A young new star earns his first No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Like many stars before him, Bryan White grew up in a musical family. A native of Oklahoma, he played the drums from age five and sang in both his dad’s country band and his mom’s pop band when he was in high school. He moved to Nashville soon after, selling t-shirts for the band Pearl Oyster, who often let him perform on stage.
With the help of producer Kyle Lehning, White signed with Asylum Records. His first single, “Eugene, You Genius,” missed the top forty, and his second, “Look at Me Now,” went top thirty. He went all the way to No. 1 with his third release.
The No. 1
I think what I’m most surprised about in retrospect is just how country this record is.
It sounds like something from the turn of the decade, arranged the way that Kathy Mattea was doing her ballads when she was still produced by Allen Reynolds. White has a clear and pure voice, and he sounds like a younger version of Collin Raye on this track.
His youthfulness is a good match for the lyrical content. There’s something just so innocent about wishing on a star in the hopes of finding love.
It works quite well for what it is.
The Road From No. 1
White’s next single will also go to No. 1, as his self-titled debut album powered to platinum sales. We’ll cover it in early 1996.
“Someone Else’s Star” gets a B.
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