‘I Don’t Wanna Go To Heaven’ is all about appreciating life’s gifts and the wish to hold onto those gifts a little longer.
Smith said, “I’m a huge fan of Tenille, and I kind of just cold emailed her asking if she’d be willing to be part of the song.”
Townes added, “I was such a fan of Nate’s voice and had been hearing the song already and loving it. It’s so fun to sing this with him so I’m so glad he reached out.”
Written with Daniel Fernandez, Smith originally released I Don’t Wanna Go to Heaven as a solo track in November of 2021, and it garnered more than 2 million streams within the first week of release. The song, which is all about appreciating life’s gifts and the wish to hold onto those gifts a little longer, now boasts more than 25 million streams worldwide.
He later released a choir version of the single in January.
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In an interview with Country Now, Smith said of the song, “I love that song so much, and I’m glad we put it out. It wasn’t really in the plan to even release it… But, with this one, I put the demo up on TikTok, and people just started sharing it a lot and duetting it and stuff… People were telling me, ‘This is going to be my first dance at my wedding,’ and all of this crazy stuff. So, we realised we were on a time limit there. To me, that song talks about not taking life for granted. It talks about appreciating the people you love in your life right now.”
The Paradise, California native moved to Nashville after a wildfire devastated his hometown. Upon his arrival, he released his song, Wildfire. Smith, whose influences include Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Bob Seger, Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac, has also released the tracks Sleeve, Heart Of A Country Song, Raised Up, Reckless and Under My Skin.
He will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on April 9.