"We are both extremely busy and working on our careers and really focused on that." (Her brother Derek also told her schedule is too hectic for a relationship: "She's a busy girl, doing an amazing job.
She's a great person.") Asked if there was any heartache, she told Us, "Not at all." Will these new couples last? And, no, it wasn't awkward seeing him at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards.
"I didn't know what the hell I was doing," he says, calling in after his on-air shift. The title encapsulates his journey from then to now, coming out of confusion and finding his place as a recording artist.
I was happy that my song was going to be played on country radio." Wicks' new album finds him on a new record label and with a more mature outlook, both as artist and songwriter.
"I believe everybody goes through that in their life with whatever they're doing, where they look around like, ' OK, where am I going? "And something happens and they're like, ' Ah, I know where I'm going now.'" 's leadoff track "She's Gone" is a fine example of Wicks 2.0.
Opening with a drum groove and some moody electric guitar reminiscent of the Wallflowers' "One Headlight," the song has Wicks talking about a former lover who was nothing but trouble.
(Listen to the song below.) "The minute you say, ' She's a rapid fire coming down a one way target range,'" says Wicks, who says that he and his co-writers created a composite of ex-lovers to finish the song.
"She's fast, she knows exactly where she's going.
She's got her target in site, and she's gonna get it. She's hotter than fire and all that stuff, but the minute she gets what she wants she's out the door and on to the next." Wicks soars on the choruses, which bring a relentless sense of momentum.
The LP, for which he co-wrote all 11 tracks, was co-produced by Wicks with frequent co-writer Andy Dodd.
As a writer, Wicks has had his songs recorded by Jason Aldean, Frankie Ballard, Steve Holy and the Swon Brothers.