Taylor Swift is the not-so-anonymous mastermind behind Little Big Town's new single "Better Man."
During a live press conference in Nashville Tuesday morning (Nov. 1), LBT'S Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet opened up about their forthcoming album and current single, which was written by the 1989 singer.
“We’ve been telling you guys… some of you have been asking and we told you that there was a young girl from Nashville that wrote it by herself and it’s Taylor Swift,” explained Fairchild. “She sent us this song and it was one that was really special to her and she thought of us because of the harmonies. She’s never pitched a song to somebody before. The moment that we heard it, we were like ‘man, that is the song that we’re gonna cut.”
“Immediately, we all had the same reaction,” added Sweet. “We’ve always, through our whole career, any time we’ve had that reaction to a song, we knew it felt right. This one just felt special and we’ve known Taylor since she was in high school. She’s a dear friend of ours.”
LBT wanted to keep the songwriting credits under wraps because Swift's star power could overshadow the song, and she greatly appreciated that.
“We just played it for her when we finished it and she was really, really excited,” Fairchild continued. “We said ‘hey, we’re not just going to blab this that you wrote this immediately.’ She said, ‘you know what? That’s the greatest honor as a songwriter that you can give me is that you don’t want anyone to know that I wrote this.’ We knew that we would tell eventually, and it was a hard question to dodge for awhile, and the only reason we didn’t say is because we wanted you to hear the song for what it’s worth and it’s a beautiful song. And at her heart, she is biggest pop star in the world, but she’s a songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. She likes to tell a story and we didn’t want you to have any subtext there other than to hear the song and we did that.”
This is the second mainstream song Swift sneakily wrote.
During her public spat with ex Calvin Harris earlier this year, it was revealed she wrote "This Is What You Came For" under the name Nils Sjoberg.
The "Better Man" music video premiered today, which you can watch below: