Rascal Flatts’ ‘Are You Happy Now’ Almost Featured Taylor Swift, Not Lauren Alaina
Rascal Flatts‘ upcoming album, Back to Us, includes a duet with Season 10 American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina, the powerful song “Are You Happy Now.” A pensive look back at a former relationship, “Are You Happy Now” gives Alaina a chance to show off her powerful voice — but, as it turns out, she wasn’t the first artist that Rascal Flatts asked to sing on the track.
“We wrote the song four years ago and reached out to Taylor Swift, for the Rewind record,” Jay DeMarcus tells The Boot, “and she said no. And so, we put the song on the back burner for a long time and circled back around this time, cut a new track on it and sort of waited to see who we felt like would be the top of that list to go toe-to-toe with Gary [LeVox], because it’s no easy task to find a singer to get in a booth with Gary and match his vocal prowess.”
When the Flatts’ last studio album, Rewind, was released in May of 2014, Swift was only a few months away from announcing her transition to pop music and releasing 1989, her first full pop album.