By Robyn Collins
Justin Timberlake almost broke the internet in March when country music fans saw an Instagram he posted of himself hanging out with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman.
At the CMT Music Awards, producer Pharrell Williams shared that JT dropped some background vocals in for “C’mon,” a song from the band’s upcoming album, Wanderlust, which he produced.
“We were in the same studio at the same time. So we had Justin in one room. Little Big Town in another room,” Williams told ET. “Quite naturally, people are going to visit each other and Justin ended up singing on one of the songs.”
Fairchild added, “It was like the old days when artists used to hang out in the studio and you might hop in and listen to somebody’s song. He came down and listened to what we were doing. He was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what if I sang this?'”
“It was very fun, and he’s a Tennessee boy,” she continues. “Obviously [Timberlake and Williams] have a deep friendship for many years, so it was really cool.”
Following his epic performance with Chris Stapleton at the 2015 CMA Awards, Timberlake released his song “Drink You Away,” as a single to country radio. The song is Timberlake’s first charting solo country song, making it to the No. 60 slot on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
“I am really, really excited with what I’m coming up with because I think it sounds like something I haven’t quite done and hasn’t quite been done,” Timberlake said of his new music recently.
Little Big Town’s “Wanderlust” album is due out on June 10.