Trying hard not to hear, but they talk so loud
Their piercing sounds fill my ears, try to fill me with doubt
Yet I know that their goal is to keep me from falling
Lewis' attempt to rid herself of any doubts took on an extra meaning for the fact that the track was originally rejected by Jesse McCartney’s Hollywood Records label for the former teen idol’s third album, ‘Departure.’ After discovering Lewis’ talent show performances on YouTube, co-writer Ryan Tedder then rearranged the song to suit her vocal talents and submitted it to Cowell instead.
Following its mammoth success (No.1 in 33 countries, nine million sales), the OneRepublic frontman then spent the next few years shamelessly recreating its emphatic production for the likes of Beyoncé (‘Halo’), Kelly Clarkson (‘Already Gone’) and Jordin Sparks (‘Battlefield’).