In the late 1990's Phil Vassar made his name as a country music songwriter. He was so good at it, that in 1999 ASCAP named him county songwriter of the year. In 2000 he released his first album as an artist. The album, simply titled Phil Vassar, spawned no less than four top ten country singles; his first, Carlene, achieved #5.
Vassar's songwriting style is somewhat recognizable, to the point that you can often tell a Phil Vassar song just by hearing it. Like this one, which became Jo Dee Messina's first number one country hit.