I Will (Jimmy Wayne song)

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"I Will"
Single by Jimmy Wayne
from the album Do You Believe Me Now
Released October 6, 2008
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 3:57 (album version)
3:20 (radio edit)
Label Valory Music Group
Writer(s) Rory Lee Feek
Dave Pahanish
Producer(s) Mark Bright
Dave Pahanish
Joe West
Jimmy Wayne singles chronology
"Do You Believe Me Now"
(2008)
"I Will"
(2008)
"I'll Be That"
(2009)
Music video
"I Will" at CMT.com

"I Will" is a song written by Dave Pahanish and Rory Lee Feek, and recorded by American country music artist Jimmy Wayne. It was released in October 2008 as the second single from Wayne's album Do You Believe Me Now, his sixth Top 40 country hit, and his eighth overall single release.

Content[edit]

"I Will" is a mid-tempo power ballad mostly accompanied by piano and electric guitar, with more of a country pop sound. Its lyrics show a man who wants to show his lover that he loves her, and that he is willing to do anything for her.

The radio edit shortens the intro, and omits the final chorus.

Reception[edit]

Brady Vercher of Engine 145 gave the song a "thumbs down" review. Vercher criticized the song for being overproduced and not sounding country. He also considered Wayne's vocals "hyper-excitable" and said that the lyric "hardly offers anything and comes across as too melodramatic in the process."[1] It was given a C- rating by Country Universe critic Blake Boldt, who criticized the production as well, calling it an "overanxious rush to go nowhere." He also thought that Wayne's voice sounded strained on the song.[2]

Deborah Evans Price of Billboard gave the song a more favorable review, saying "the lyric is a beautiful statement of love and devotion that provides an ideal showcase for Wayne's soulful vocals."[3] "I Will" was also described favorably by Country Standard Time critic Jessica Phillips, who called it "soaring" and "heartfelt."[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was filmed for the song in November 2008. Directed by Deaton-Flanigen Productions, it starts out with Wayne and a woman (played by Tiffani McCarter) walking out towards a taxi, and they hug before she leaves. It then alternates between scenes of Wayne singing the song in a small room, him playing guitar in front of many lights, and his lover having pictures taken.

Chart performance[edit]

"I Will" debuted at #52 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 25, 2008, and entered the Top 40 in its third chart week. It charted for a total of 28 weeks, and peaked at #18 on the country chart dated April 4, 2009.

Chart (2008-2009) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 18
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[6] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vercher, Brady (2008-09-26). "Jimmy Wayne - "I Will"". Engine 145. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  2. ^ Boldt, Blake. "Jimmy Wayne — "I Will"". Country Universe. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ Price, Deborah. "Jimmy Wayne - "I Will" Single Review". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-12-05. [dead link]
  4. ^ Phillips, Jessica. "Do You Believe Me Now review". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  5. ^ "Jimmy Wayne Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Jimmy Wayne. Retrieved January 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 959. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 

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