Songwriter’s Revenge: Writing Heartbreak Into Country Songs Is Sweet Retribution

When gearing up for the GRAMMY Awards last year, interviewed songwriter Ali Tamposi whose “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” garnered three GRAMMY nominations including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance by Kelly Clarkson.

On the day of her writing session with Jorgen Elofsson and David Gamson, Tamposi was spending time with her mom who was in town visiting. What started as simple advice from a mother to her daughter became one of the most well-known and beloved songs of 2012.

“I was going through a break-up from someone I had been with for seven years. In the midst of tears, anger, and a bad attitude she said the magic words, ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,’” Tamposi recalled.

The song came together in three hours and when asked if she was afraid to reveal so much in the song, for fear that her ex would know it was about him, she said it was the exact opposite.


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