Enjoy the August 2022 edition of “Behind the Wedding Music,” a resource to help build wedding playlists for DJs. Each month we will highlight new songs and include a line of song lyrics, a description of the song’s emotional profile, and a few fun facts — designed to help you advise a wedding couple if they’re looking for something fresh in their playlist.
A few newly released wedding songs from July 2022:
July 22, 2022
A romantic soulful R&B love song to celebrate love for another.
Notable Lyrics: “I’ll keep all your secrets tucked inside of my heart / I’m willin’ to follow you wherever you are / I can’t give up on ya”
Fun Facts: The song will be on Gatie’s upcoming album, Who Hurt You?, set to drop on August 12th. His 2021 hits included the songs “It’s You” and the Platinum-certified “What If I Told You That I Love You”. Check out Gatie’s performance at Coachella 2022 too.
Little Big Town
July 22, 2022
A song is a reflection of the blessings in your life – including your family.
Notable Lyrics: “Yeah, I’m a rich man / Without a lick of money / A better-than-blessed man / Had all I ever wanted I got everything I need / Got love and a family”
Fun Facts: The song features Jimi Westbrook on lead vocals and the sole writer of the song. “Rich Man” will be on LBT’s 10th studio album Mr. Sun set to be released on September 16th. LBT toured with Miranda Lambert on the Bandwagon Tour earlier this year but they still have a few upcoming tour dates on their website.
July 15, 2022
A dance cover of Mary J. Blige’s “Family Affair”.
Notable Lyrics: “Have fun up on up in this dancery / We got ya open, now ya floatin’ / So you gots to dance for me”
Fun Facts: The energy and vibe of this song will definitely be a dance floor frenzy. The song was released by FFRR Records. The label name references the recording technique (full frequency range recording). Guetta has tour dates in Europe through 2022 to catch him live
July 15, 2022
The song explores feelings of finally being ready to move on and potentially explore a relationship with someone new. Not the perfect wedding sng but the dance beat will make you want to move.
Notable Lyrics: “Am I ready? (You deserve it now) / ‘Cause I want it (that’s what I’m / talkin’ about) / Am I ready? (You gon’ figure it out)”
Fun Facts: The song was released on her new album Special on July 15th. Icons Max Martin and ILYA produced “Be Loved (Am I Ready)”. The Special Tour begins in Florida on September 23rd.
Calvin Harris, Justin Timberlake, Halsey & Pharrell Williams
July 15, 2022
A new dance track with pop music heavyweights singing to the beat.
Notable Lyrics: “Come on and stay with me / Let’s take flight / Come on, let’s stay, baby / We could fly away”
Fun Facts: In the barely more than two weeks since the video premiered, it has more than ten million YouTube views and eighteen million streams on Spotify. The song is on Harris’ new album Funk Wav Bounces Volume 2. Harris is currently on tour in Europe but will return to Las Vegas in September for the Life is Beautiful Festival.
July 15, 2022
A midtempo R&B song that speaks of forever love that claims vintage Ne-Yo style.
Notable Lyrics: “I need you to know there ain’t no games I’m playin’ / I don’t want nobody else, this love is here to stay”
Fun Facts: The songs was released on his new album titled Self Explanatory along with another song previously released “U 2 Luv” with Jeremih. The song video (Visualizer) for “Handle Me Gently” shows clips of Ne-Yo’s songwriting process and footage of a studio session producing the song.
July 8, 2022
A pop vocal love ballad made for weddings!
Notable Lyrics: “I think that you and me could make memories / if you say yes my dreams / we will be complete”
Fun Facts: Singer grew up with his mother as a wedding planner. He starred on Bravo’s singing competition show “The Kandi Factory,” winning the grand prize. Singer’s song writing skills were noticed by The Highway Women as they recorded his song “The Devil” in 2018.
Burna Boy, Ed Sheeran
July 7, 2022
The song speaks about how your lover should accept you the way you are and appreciate you.
Notable Lyrics: “Baby, it’s magic any time that we’re together / I make I just love you and hold you for my hand”
Fun Facts: The song was released on Burna’s newest LP Love, Damini. Afrobeats fans are enjoying Burna Boy’s music by selling out Madison Square Garden (NYC) and State Farm Arena (Atlanta) in 2022.
July 6, 2022
A midtempo pop R&B song talking about a couple growing their love together.
Notable Lyrics: “How do I / Make you realize / I’ma stick around / If it’s with you, you, you”
Fun Facts: Vietnamese-American Thuy (pronounced ‘twee’) is an emerging artist from the Bay Area. The song’s video begins with couples sharing their personal love stories. Thuy rose to fame in 2017 with the release of “All Night Long” and has amassed over 150 million streams worldwide.
July 1, 2022
If you have a fondness for folk music, this new song is a must-listen.
Notable Lyrics: “Baby, you know / You rock this heavy soul”
Fun Facts: Ocie Elliott is a duo consisting of Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy. They are currently touring in Canada, USA, and Europe in the fall. The annual Montana Folk Festival is held in Butte, Montana. Attendees at the 2022 event surpassed 150,000 to the small mining town.
Las Vegas-based Matthew Campbell is the founder of My Wedding Songs.
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