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"American Heart" is a song written by Jim Beavers and Jonathan Singleton, and recorded by American country music artist Faith Hill. It was released on September 30, 2012, as the second single from a planned seventh studio album titled Illusion[1][2][3]. However, the album went unreleased, and by 2017, Hill had left her record label. The song was announced on her Twitter account[4] and distributed for airplay the following day.[5] For the Twitter debut, Hill responded to questions hashtagged #askfaith prior to her weekly performance on NBC Sunday Night Football that night.[4][6] Prior to the official release, many local radio stations posted samples of her song or official music video on their websites.[7][8][9]

"American Heart"
AmericanHeart.jpg
Single by Faith Hill
ReleasedOctober 1, 2012 (2012-10-01)
FormatMusic download
GenreCountry
Length3:53
LabelWarner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Faith Hill singles chronology
"Come Home"
(2011)
"American Heart"
(2012)
"Meanwhile Back at Mama's"
(2014)
Music video
"American Heart" on YouTube

Contents

ContentEdit

USA Today critic Elysa Gardner compared it to Dierks Bentley's "Home" when selecting it as the song of the week on October 1, 2012.[10] Billy Dukes of the country music news website Taste of Country described the song as "a thick production made accessible by the wonder of Hill’s voice", further noting that "her performance rescues the song from drowning in cliches and heavy messages". Dukes noted that the song is targeting the same older audience that Martina McBride reached with "I'm Gonna Love You Through It".[11] In her own words, Hill describes the song: "This song inspires. It grabs a hold of a very special place that we all have in our hearts. Times are hard and people are struggling, but our spirit as Americans always seems to prevail."[6]

Music videoEdit

The music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy and premiered in November 2012.[12] The video reached the number one position on the GAC countdown in early December.[13] On May 6, 2013, the video was nominated in the Female Video of the Year category for the 2013 CMT Music Awards.[14][15]

Chart performanceEdit

"American Heart" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 6, 2012.[16]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[17] 26
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 35

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dukes, Billy (September 17, 2012). "Faith Hill Debuts New Song 'Illusion' During 'CMA Music Festival' Television Special". Taste of Country. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Pappalardo, Jonathan (November 14, 2016). "Album Review: Faith Hill – The previously unreleased material on 'Deep Tracks'". My Kind of Country. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Barnes, Charley (September 18, 2012). "Faith Hill Announces New Album is Done and Will Release New Single Called 'American Heart' to Radio Stations in October". New Country 99.1. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Faith Hill Premiering New Song". People. September 26, 2012. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Faith Hill's 'American Heart' To Hit Radio Airwaves In October". RTT News. September 22, 2012. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Faith Hill Debuting New Single, "American Heart," with Sunday Night Twitter Chat". ABC News Radio. September 26, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Lynn, Wendy (September 20, 2012). "What Do You Think of The New Faith Hill Song 'American Heart'? [AUDIO / POLL]". WYRK. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Mullins, Moon (September 2012). "Faith Hill Has An 'American Heart' – Her New Song". WBKR. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Ryan, Vanessa (September 27, 2012). "FIRST LISTEN: Faith Hill - "American Heart"". WDEZ. Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  10. ^ Gardner, Elysa (October 1, 2012). "Playlist: 'American Heart' by Faith Hill, plus 10 more". USA Today. Retrieved October 1, 2012.
  11. ^ Dukes, Billy (September 18, 2012). "Faith Hill, 'American Heart' – Song Review". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved October 5, 2012.
  12. ^ "CMT : Videos : Faith Hill : American Heart". Country Music Television. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
  13. ^ Wyland, Sarah (December 21, 2012). "Faith Hill Takes Over At No. 1 On GAC's Top 20". Great American Country. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  14. ^ Freeman, Jon (May 6, 2013). "CMT Music Awards Nominations Revealed". Country Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  15. ^ "CMT Music Awards 2013: Full list of nominees, includes Miranda Lambert". On The Red Carpet. May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
  16. ^ Morris, Edward (September 29, 2012). "Jason Aldean Hits No. 1 Song Slot With "Take a Little Ride"". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  17. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Faith Hill Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.

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