George Jones, “Choices”

Nashville’s Music Row was buzzing in the early 1990s about a young singer named Billy Yates who seemed destined for stardom. Yates never attained the heights that some thought he would, though, perhaps no real surprise with artists like George Strait and Randy Travis ruling the airwaves. But with co-writer Mike Curtis, Yates penned a song that would not only become a country classic, but would gain recognition across several genres. “Choices” was that song, with a universal lyric about how all of us have the opportunity to control, to a great degree, our own destinies. Yates says that he and Curtis knew they had hit paydirt as soon as the song was finished. But they also knew that getting it cut would be a challenge. “Mike and I began working on the song, and in two or three hours we knew we had completed something special,” Yates says. “That was 1994. It was pitched all over Nashville and ultimately passed on by most all who heard it. Many thought the song was too heavy. Alan Jackson said he liked it while I was out doing some shows with him in ‘97, but he never recorded it.” “I played it…

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