About the song

If you’re a fan of country music, you’ve probably heard of George Strait’s hit song “I Cross My Heart”. It’s a beautiful ballad about undying love and devotion, and it was featured as the finale of the movie Pure Country, in which Strait starred as a country singer. But do you know the story behind this song? How did it come to be written, recorded and released? Who else tried to sing it before Strait? And what makes it one of Strait’s signature songs? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of “I Cross My Heart” and why it’s such a classic.

“I Cross My Heart” was written by Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz, two accomplished songwriters who have penned hits for artists like Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and more. They wrote the song in the early 1990s, but they had a hard time finding the right artist to record it. The lyrics are very romantic and sincere, but they could also sound cheesy or corny if not sung with conviction and emotion. Several artists tried their hand at the ballad, including Bette Midler, but none of them felt comfortable with it. Dorff even thought of pitching it to Boyz II Men, an R&B group known for their harmonies and love songs. He made a demo with an R&B vibe, but it didn’t work either.

The song was almost forgotten until Dorff got a call from Chris Caine, the director of Pure Country, a movie starring George Strait as a country singer who leaves his fame and fortune behind to find his roots and true love. Caine was looking for a song to end the movie with, and he asked Dorff if he had anything suitable. Dorff remembered “I Cross My Heart” and played it for Caine on the piano. Caine loved it and thought it was perfect for the movie. He then asked Strait to record it, but there was some hesitation from Strait’s team. The song was very different from Strait’s usual style, and it was a ballad, which was not considered a good choice for a lead single from a movie soundtrack. But they decided to take a chance and release it anyway.

The gamble paid off. “I Cross My Heart” became a huge hit for Strait, reaching number one on both the US and Canadian country charts in late 1992. It also crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number 21 on the Billboard Hot 100. It sold over two million copies in the US alone, making it one of Strait’s most successful singles ever. It also became one of his most beloved songs among his fans and critics alike. Billboard and American Songwriter ranked it among the top five George Strait songs of all time. It has been covered by many other artists, such as Clay Walker, Scotty McCreery and All-4-One. And it has been used as a wedding song by countless couples who want to express their eternal love for each other.

“I Cross My Heart” is more than just a song. It’s a testament to the power of music, love and faith. It’s a song that transcends genres, generations and cultures. It’s a song that speaks to the heart of anyone who has ever loved someone unconditionally. And it’s a song that showcases the talent and charisma of George Strait, one of the greatest country singers of all time.