In case you didn’t know (yes, that was a Brett Young pun!), today is the 53rd birthday of Miss Patricia Lynn Yearwood, better known on the country scene as Trisha Yearwood. Since the early 90s, Yearwood has cranked out some of the most soulful, country ballads and earned herself a special spot in my heart. Flashback nine years and you’ll find a much shorter, ten year-old version of myself just starting out her country music career. Much like Yearwood, I grew up singing in school musicals and talent shows before venturing out to play gigs of my own. One of the first songs I ever learned to sing was “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love,” a tune that has now become a signature song of mine. Not only is Yearwood an incredibly gifted vocalist and entertainer, she is an indomitable businesswoman who has proven that dedication, patience, and a little bit of faith can make the impossible possible. So, in celebration of this southern songbird’s birthday, we’ll be taking a look at my five favorite Trisha tracks!
5. “She’s In Love With The Boy” (1991)
With a Trisha tune as classic as this, it just had to make the list! Yearwood’s catchy little ditty about being in love with a boy that Daddy don’t like too much launched her career and earned her the first of many Number 1 singles. Also, Trisha’s perm in this music video is definitely #HairGoals.
4. “This Is Me You’re Talking To” (2007)
Maybe it’s the gentle wane of the steel guitar or the way her voice cracks with longing, but this song just breaks my heart. Penned by Karyn Rochelle (“Georgia Rain,” “Red High Heels”) and Tommy Lee James (“She’s My Kind of Rain,” “A Man This Lonely”), “This Is Me You’re Talking To” is devastatingly raw. Her tone is so crisp and beautiful, and I think it’s one of her best vocal performances.
3. “XXX’s and OOO’s (An American Girl)” (1995)
This song gets stuck in my head every time I watch “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” and for good reason! Before Carrie was country music’s “All-American Girl,” Miss Yearwood was tying her hair up in ribbons and bows with all the charm of a classic American girl.
2. “Wrong Side of Memphis” (1992)
It’s sassy, it’s twangy, it’s bluesy, and it’s Trisha. This song was always a favorite of mine growing up with dreams of moving to Nashville to become a country singer-songwriter. Trisha was once a small town girl with big city dreams and this song made me believe that if she could do it, so could I.
1. “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” (2007)
Can I get an amen, y’all? This woman has a set of pipes that just can’t be beat. Featured as the lead single off of her 2007 album, “Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love” received critical acclaim for its retro sound and fiery performance. This song, ladies and gentlemen, shows you just why Trisha Yearwood is my hero.
Happy birthday Trisha! Did your top Trisha tunes make the list? Comment below with your favorites!