Lonestar’s ‘Amazed’: Story Behind the Hit ’90s Love Song

by Matthew Wilson

Since 1999, Lonestar has been helping couples fall in love with their hit ballad “Amazed.” The love song became one of the band’s staples over the decades.

Lonestar’s singer Richie McDonald helped the song reached millions of hearts with his sweeping vocals. It’s like he’s singing to his wife Lorie right there in the room. The song has a staying presence and has become one of country music’s great love ballads since its inception.

“You can tell that the inspiration came from some honest hearts,” McDonald previously said. “It’s changed our lives and our careers. And it’s incredible to see the way it’s touching everybody out there. It’s changed a lot of people’s lives.”

Upon release, the song stayed at No. 1 for eight consecutive weeks, becoming the band’s biggest hit in the process. It’s been over 21 years since they released the song.

A Trio of Songwriters Wrote Lonestar’s Hit

There were a lot of candles involved in the making of the Lonestar hit back in the 1990s. Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, and Marv Green wrote the song together in a candlelit room. It was Mayo’s idea. But it helped set the romantic nature of the classic love song.

“I always light candles when I write. It just relaxes me. We didn’t have a light on — just all the candles,” Mayo said of writing the Lonestar song.

It only took the trio three hours to craft the Lonestar song. But they spent a lot longer arguing over what the song title should be. In fact, they didn’t settle on a moniker until the song was already in the studio for demo recording.

“We didn’t get stuck until we hit the title. We didn’t know what to call it, and we were all arguing about the title,” Mayo said. They struggled to agree on the Lonestar song’s name. “We had to have a last line — we tried ‘I love you’ and a million things. We had said everything we wanted to say and we knew the very last thought had to be something huge. Then we got around to ‘Baby, I’m amazed by you.’”

When Mayo heard the song, she agreed with the other two songwriters that the title should be “Amazed.”

Two of the Songwriters Fell in Love

But it turns out the song was already working its magic before it was recorded. Both Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey felt a connection while writing the Lonestar classic. They began dating and soon they were engaged.

“I really couldn’t be more amazed by all this. It’s blown my mind,” Mayo said. “I’m superstitious, so every time we write, I go, ‘I’ve got to light these candles first!’”