Story Behind The Song: Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood's "Something Bad"

When Miranda Lambert discussed her upcoming album Platinum in mid March, word quickly spread of a duet with fellow superstar Carrie Underwood for the new record. We were able to get in touch with one of the song's writers, Chris DeStefano, to learn how "Something Bad" was written. This is that story!

Chris Destefano has had a quick rise to top songwriter status since moving to Nashville. Last week we were able to meet up with the songwriter of #1 hits like Brett Eldredge’s “Don’t Ya,” Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” and “That’s My Kind of Night” from Luke Bryan and talk with him about his career and more. But before we get to that story, news broke about a new song he’s had a hand in writing, “Something Bad” an upcoming Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood duet that’s set to appear on Lambert’s Platinum album. Below is a conversation where we learn more about the creation of “Something Bad.”

Matt Bjorke for Roughstock: How Cool is it for you to have Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood cut “Something Bad?”

Chris DeStefano: It was amazing to have “Good Girl” do what it did with Carrie and have that whole experience but I’ve always hoped to one day get a Miranda cut and to kinda have them both on one song is even more surreal… 

Matt: Well, given they’re on the same Sony team of labels, it could very well be a single down the line… 

Chris: I try not to have any expectations for songs I write but that’d be amazing. 

Matt: How did you come to write the song “Something Bad”? 

Chris: I did this writing retreat in France for ASCAP where they get a group of writers and producers out to a castle to write together. And got in a room with my good buddy Brett James and our friend Priscilla Renea. We were talking and someone said ‘lets do something kinda crazy’ and I think I said “I’ve got a good feeling of doing something bad,” or something like that and Priscilla reacted to it and said, “Oh, my God, that could be the song…” and they just started rolling with it from there, like pro Tennis players.”

It was a lot of fun and the whole track, the way I built it up, it was all organic. There was a huge room in the castle called the Sol d’en Aire, a really traditional looking castle room with a giant fireplace wood floors and about 20-25 foot high ceilings and we’re doing stomps and claps and I was recording this kind of groove and it had a fun energy about it.”

While the song hasn’t been released as of this article’s writing, as a song featuring two of Country music’s top artists, it’s sure to get a great amount of buzz and will likely be released as a single at some point. If not, it will still end up being one of the most-talked about tracks on any album in recent Country music memory.

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