|Single by Faith Hill|
|from the album Fireflies|
|Released||May 28, 2005|
|Format||Digital download, CD single|
|Recorded||July 31, 2004|
|Label||Warner Bros. Nashville|
|Songwriter(s)||John Rich, Adam Shoenfeld|
|Producer(s)||Byron Gallimore, Dann Huff, Faith Hill|
|Faith Hill singles chronology|
"Mississippi Girl" is a song recorded by country music singer Faith Hill. It was released in May 2005 as the lead single from her album Fireflies. A number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts in late 2005, it was her first number one on the country music charts since 2000's "The Way You Love Me".
Written specifically for the Star, Mississippi-bred singer by John Rich (of Big & Rich) and fellow MuzikMafia member Adam Shoenfeld, the uptempo tune was anticipated within the industry and spearheaded Hill's post-Cry "country comeback" by insisting that she had not forgotten her roots:
- 'Cause a Mississippi girl don't change her ways
- Just 'cause everybody knows her name.
- Ain't big-headed from a little bit of fame ...
The single debuted at #27 on the Billboard U.S. Hot Country Songs chart dated for May 28, 2005. It went on to become Hill's first Number One on the country music charts since "The Way You Love Me" in 2000. "Mississippi Girl" peaked at No. 1 September 3, and stayed at No. 1 for two weeks. It also reached at peak of No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also became Hill's first single to chart the Billboard Pop 100, peaking at No. 29 there.
"Mississippi Girl" was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance but did not win; however it did win the SESAC Country Song of the Year award for its two writers.
Slant Magazine said the song had the "stench of desperation" about it, with "southern-fried production [meant to] ape shamelessly the things that the women who supplanted her at the top of Nashville's pecking order have been doing."
There is also a music video for the song, directed by Wayne Isham. In It, Hill and her band are seen performing the song in concert (filmed at a concert in July 2005 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY), intercut with shots of Hill walking around rural settings in a white dress as CGI butterflies flutter about. The video received a CMT Awards nomination. At the beginning of the video, it shows Hill diving into the water from a wooden bridge in a long white dress.
Compiled from liner notes.
- Bruce Bouton — steel guitar
- Bekka Bramlett — background vocals
- Tom Bukovac — electric guitar
- Paul Bushnell — bass guitar
- Perry Coleman — background vocals
- Eric Darken — percussion
- Dan Dugmore — steel guitar
- Dann Huff — electric guitar
- Tim Lauer — accordion
- Chris McHugh — drums
- Jimmy Nichols — keyboards
- Darrell Scott — mandolin
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||29|
|US Billboard Pop 100||51|
|US Country Songs (Billboard)||9|
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