I'll Be (Edwin McCain song)
|Single by Edwin McCain|
|from the album Misguided Roses|
|B-side||"Grind Me in the Gears"|
|Released||January 26, 1998|
|Format||7-inch, CD single, digital download|
|Genre||Pop rock, alternative rock|
|Edwin McCain singles chronology|
"I'll Be" is a song written and sung by American singer Edwin McCain. The song was released in January 1998 as the first single from his second album, Misguided Roses. McCain recorded an acoustic version of the song for his follow-up album, Messenger.
The radio version of "I'll Be", which was released on a CD-single with "Grind Me in the Gears" as the B-side, differs from the album version. Its opening melody is played with electric guitar (as opposed to acoustic on the album) and the vocal and saxophone lines differ.
On December 22, 1999, McCain also recorded a version with Warren Haynes on the live concert album from the 11th Annual Christmas Jam, a benefit concert for Habitat for Humanity in Asheville, North Carolina. The album is titled Wintertime Blues: The Benefit Concert.
Although "I'll Be" has become a popular wedding song, McCain said "it's really more of a prayer" written in a moment of personal desperation after a break-up, the idea being that "maybe if I write my future, it'll come true."
In popular culture
In 2000, the song was featured in an episode of the television show Higher Ground.
The song was used in the masquerade ball scene in A Cinderella Story.
"I'll Be" ended up being a success for McCain in the United States, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 after debuting at #7 on the issue dated September 26, 1998. While it was only his second single to chart, it became his first and only Top 10 hit and his biggest hit.
- 7" vinyl/CD single
- "I'll Be" - 4:25
- "Grind Me in the Gears" - 4:19
- Digital download
- "I'll Be" (LP Version) - 4:26
- "I'll Be" (Acoustic Version) - 4:37
- "I'll Be" (Music Video) - 4:07
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||6|
|US Billboard Hot 100||5|
|US Billboard Pop Songs||10|
|US Billboard Adult Pop Songs||6|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||6|
End of year charts
|End of year chart (1998)||Position|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||74|
Kian Egan version
|Single by Kian Egan|
|from the album Home|
|Released||May 12, 2014|
|Kian Egan singles chronology|
Background and production
In an interview with Digital Spy, Egan said “I chose ‘I’ll Be’ for my second single, as I’ve always absolutely loved this song. This song means a lot to me and being able to record it was an honour. I’m incredibly excited to be able to perform this for all my fans."
The footage was shot in Egan's hometown of Sligo, in County Sligo, and the singer can be seen strumming a guitar while wandering along the deserted beach. In the visual, Egan also throws pebbles out to sea before meeting up with friends around a campfire. Lyrics to the pop rock ballad include: "I'll be your crying shoulder, I'll be love's suicide. I'll be the greatest fan of your life."
The single cover of the song shows Egan sitting on a plush red sofa while clutching a white guitar.
- Promotional CD single
- "I'll Be" (radio mix) – 3:09
- Promotional CD single
|UK Airplay Top 200||71|
- Answers.com. "Wintertime Blues: The Benefit Concert"
- Better.tv. Edwin McCain interviewed about "I'll Be" (video).
- IMDb.com. Edwin McCain Soundtrack Filmography
- Canadian peak
- Canadian AC peak
- digitalspy.co.uk. "Kian Egan announces second single 'I'll Be' - listen"
- "Kian Egan releases video for new single 'I'll Be' filmed in Ireland". Reveal.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-05-12.
- "Kian Egan reveals artwork and name of his second single 'I'll Be'". Reveal.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
- I'll Be (single). Kian Egan. Rhino Records. 2014.