If ever Stacie Orrico felt like a kid in a candy store, it was on the day she spent with human hit factory Diane Warren.
The young singer met with the veteran songwriter, whose compositions include 'NSYNC's "Music of My Heart" and Christina Aguilera's "I Turn to You," to choose a song for her major-label debut.
"We listened to 40 or 50 songs," Orrico recalled. "It was really cool; some of the stuff was just incredible."
In the end, Orrico chose "I Promise," which she has selected to be the third single from March's Stacie Orrico, following "Stuck" and current hit "(There's Gotta Be) More to Life" (see "Stacie Orrico Goes Looking For More In All The Wrong Places").
"The biggest thing was, you listen to all the songs and you know they're a #1 hit, so musically I obviously liked it, but lyrically was where I looked for a connection," Orrico said.
Beginning with "Will I always be there for you?," the ballad asks a series of questions in each verse, and answers them in the chorus with, "I promise, I promise, I promise I will."
"It's talking about being able to make a commitment to someone and keep it," Orrico said. "That seems like a simple thing to sing about, but when I think about it, we're living in a time where our commitments and our promises don't mean jack anymore. There's always a way to get out of a commitment we've made, whether it's in our relationships or work or maybe just a personal goal. [It's about] just being able to really learn to make commitments, keep promises and raise the standard for what's expected, and that's why I liked the song so much."
If fans are asking for one, Orrico also already has a fourth single selected, "Instead." Like most of her album (see "Stacie Orrico Won't Be 'Stuck' With Christian Tag"), the song deals with a more serious subject than what is usually tackled in pop songs today. In this case, "Instead" is about seeing homeless people on the street and wondering how they got there.
"For a while music was going to this place where it was all about sexuality and it doesn't matter if you can sing or not as long as we can see your whole body, and now I feel like we've come through that," Orrico said. "Now [it's about] 'Show us you can do something interesting.' "