Matt Stell just keeps cranking out those radio-worthy singles and we’re not complaining one bit.
To kick off 2021, the Arkansas native dropped a new Country ballad titled “That Ain’t Me No More,” which Stell describes as “the silver lining to a breakup, relationship or anything that made you be a better person.”
“I thought it was a really interesting twist on a pretty classic subject matter, both lyrically and kind of magically, and I think that’s what kind of hit me with the song; that tied in with the energy and the melody,” he tells CS Country in an interview.
“I’m so excited to have another song out into the world. Making new music is one of my favorite things, and songs that I love make me feel a way that nothing else does. Getting to put out new music — hopefully this song finds some ears that it’s able to give that feeling to — that’s why I want to do it in the first place. I’m really excited to have this song out into the world.”
Written by Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Smith Ahnquist, Jake Mitchell and Nick Donley and co-produced by Matt with Ash Bowers, “That Ain’t Me No More” first premiered on The Bobby Bones Show back in early February, with by a stunning live performance during Country Radio Seminar‘s New Faces Show on February 19th.
Officially being the follow-up to back-to-back No. 1 singles, platinum-selling smash “Prayed For You” and “Everywhere But On,” we asked Stell if there was any pressure with releasing “That Ain’t Me No More” regarding getting it to that number one spot on the charts.
“Yes and no,” he says. “Just going back in my career, we put out a song independently into the world that ended up becoming a number one song on Country Radio because the song did a lot of the getting the ball rolling itself. In terms of my management, label, and myself, we believe that the is really the captain of the ship. So when we put out music that we believe in, you don’t feel a lot pressure there.”
“As the song starts to do its thing — I noticed this with our second single ‘Everywhere But On’ — I had no idea what to expect or what was going on. I didn’t feel that [No. 1 spot] initially. But then when the song started to get Top 10, and Top five and it’s like, ‘Oh, okay, is it, is it gonna, is it not?’ And there was that kind of pressure wondering how the song is gonna do. There definitely is some type of pressure, but honestly, being able to get to release music that I really believe in takes a lot of that pressure off, because I know it’s coming from a real genuine place with me.”
Watch our full interview with Matt to learn more about the song below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of “That Ain’t Me No More” by either leaving a reaction at the bottom of the post or by sending us a tweet at @CS_Country.
You can also keep up with Matt by giving him a follow on Instagram at @mattstellmusic.