Fall (Clay Walker song)

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"Fall"
Single by Clay Walker
from the album Fall
Released April 9, 2007
Format CD single
Genre Country
Length 3:37
Label Asylum-Curb
Writer(s) Sonny LeMaire
Shane Minor
Clay Mills
Producer(s) Keith Stegall
Clay Walker singles chronology
"'Fore She Was Mama"
(2006)
"Fall"
(2007)
"She Likes It in the Morning"
(2008)

"Fall", written by Clay Mills, Sonny LeMaire, and Shane Minor, is a song which has been recorded by both country music singer Clay Walker and pop music singer Kimberley Locke, both of whom are signed to Curb Records. Both versions were released within weeks of each other in mid-2007; while Walker's version was released to country radio, Locke's was released to the adult contemporary format. Walker's reached number 5 on the U.S. country singles charts, and Locke's reached Number One on the U.S. Dance charts. Go West front man Peter Cox has recorded a version of "Fall" on his 2010 CD "The S1 Sessions".

Content[edit]

"Fall" is a mid-tempo ballad in which the narrator addresses a lover who has had a bad day. The narrator then offers moral support to the lover: "Fall, go on and lose it all / Every doubt, every fear / Every worry, every tear".

Clay Walker version[edit]

Walker's version, the first version of the song to be released, was the second single from his 2007 album, which was also titled Fall. A music video was issued on October 17, 2007.[1]

Background[edit]

Walked stated that Fall was one of his favorite songs on his album. He also said after recording the track that “Keith stood up and high-fived the engineer when we got done with the vocal and I thought, that’s the first that I’ve ever seen that, maybe he was just glad that I got all the lyrics right, it was refreshing to know there wasn’t a lot of wasted time in the studio with Keith. He knows what he wants and he communicates that with the musicians really well."[2]

In an interview with The Flint Journal Walker said, "'Fall' was a huge hit for us. I think people are going to want to see us and ticket sales are already going up. As long as people want to hear us -- and I feel like they do -- we're going to get out and give it to them."[3]

Reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor of Billboard wrote "Walker's rich, confident baritone offers all the more reassurance, as does his self-assured smile".[4] Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song a B+ rating and wrote, "This is another good single from an artist who has fully come into his own."[5]

Music video[edit]

Roman White directed the song's music video.

Live performances[edit]

Walker performed the song on The Montel Williams Show on April 11th 2008.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

His version of the song debuted at #59 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated April 7, 2007.[7] It charted for 37 weeks and peaked at #5 on the country chart dated November 17, 2007. It became his first Top Ten country hit since "I Can't Sleep", which reached #9 in late 2003-early 2004. This version also peaked at #56 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first peak on that chart since "I Can't Sleep".

Kimberley Locke version[edit]

"Fall"
Single by Kimberley Locke
from the album Based on a True Story
Released February 25, 2008
April 8, 2008 (remixes)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 3:31 (album version)
3:16 (radio edit)
Label Curb
Producer(s) Matthew Gerrard[11]
Kimberley Locke singles chronology
"Frosty the Snowman"
(2007)
"Fall"
(2008)
"We Need a Little Christmas"
(2008)

Kimberley Locke covered the song as the third single from her album Based on a True Story, which was released only 2 weeks after Clay Walker's album. Locke's version was released to AC radio on February 25, 2008, with club remixes following in April.

Billboard reviewed the single as "a stunning showcase for the versatile vocalist" and suggests this may be her most satisfying single yet along with "8th World Wonder".[12]

Track listings and formats[edit]

  • US promotional single - CURBD-2073
  1. "Fall (radio edit) - 3:16
  • US promotional remixes maxi single - CURBD-2087
  1. "Fall" (Bimbo Jones extended mix) - 7:22
  2. "Fall" (Almighty club mix) - 7:03
  3. "Fall" (Piper extended club mix) - 7:48
  4. "Fall" (Scotty K vocal Klub mix) - 6:54
  5. "Fall" (Almighty dub) - 6:40
  6. "Fall" (Bimbo Jones radio edit) - 3:33
  7. "Fall" (Almighty radio edit) - 3:21
  8. "Fall" (Piper radio edit) - 3:53
  9. "Fall" (Scotty K radio edit) - 3:48
  • Digital maxi single / The Radio Edits EP
  1. "Fall" (Bimbo Jones radio edit) - 3:32
  2. "Fall" (Almighty radio edit) - 3:22
  3. "Fall" (Piper radio edit) - 3:53
  4. "Fall" (Scotty K radio edit) - 3:48
  • Digital maxi single / The Extended Mixes EP
  1. "Fall" (Bimbo Jones extended mix) - 7:21
  2. "Fall" (Almighty club mix) - 7:03
  3. "Fall" (Piper extended club mix) - 7:47
  4. "Fall" (Scotty K vocal Klub mix) - 6:54

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 17
Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top AC Songs of 2008 33
U.S. Billboard Top Dance Songs of 2008 39
Preceded by
"Turn It Up" by Mark Picchiotti presents Basstoy
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
July 26, 2008
Succeeded by
"When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Curb Records News Curb.com
  2. ^ "Clay Walker". NashvilleHype!. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  3. ^ Rauschert, Jeff The Flint Journal Singer Clay Walker not letting multiple sclerosis slow him down September 03, 2008
  4. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Fall." Billboard 119.21 (2007): 42. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 14 Apr. 2011.
  5. ^ John, Kevin (2007-04-20). "Country Universe – A Country Music Blog » Review: Clay Walker, “Fall”". Countryuniverse.net. Retrieved 2011-08-12. 
  6. ^ Transcript - The Montel Williams Show THE FIGHT AGAINST MS (April 11, 2008)
  7. ^ Morris, Edward. CMT Willie, Merle, Ray and Bon Jovi Make Chart Surges (March 31, 2007)
  8. ^ "Clay Walker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Clay Walker.
  9. ^ "Clay Walker Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Clay Walker.
  10. ^ Billboard 2007 Year-end music charts - Hot Country Songs 2007
  11. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=RxMEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA34&lpg=PA34&dq=%22kimberley+locke%22+%22Fall%22+%22producer%22&source=bl&ots=XYJwBFjRhA&sig=A84_bx2ugJSxD2IlbKVe-JXI8WU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=s-hqU-L_F4mEyAHi7YGYBA&ved=0CEsQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22kimberley%20locke%22%20%22Fall%22%20%22producer%22&f=false
  12. ^ Taylor, Chuck Fall Billboard Magazine

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