Becca Bowen has always been very eccentric, but the tale behind her most recent song, “Son of a Gun,” maybe her most eccentric yet.
Bowen admits that she had no intentions of recording the song, which makes its debut exclusively on PEOPLE. It was simply one of those songs that were born entirely from emotion.
The story behind the ferocious song began with a straightforward friendship. Bowen, the season 5 champion of the popular competition reality series For Love and Likes on the Outdoor Channel, had been friends with a man for more than six years who not only lived down the street from her but also shared many of her interests.
The South Carolina native explains, “We both are country people. “We hunt, fish, and do other things. Although we had a lot in common, we were unable to make a commitment to one another. I’ve always wanted more from relationships than just being friends with advantages if you know what I mean.”
But a few years ago, the two committed to one another, giving Bowen the impression that they were in a committed relationship. Bowen couldn’t help but notice her ‘boyfriend’ was out in the crowd with another woman as she took the stage to sing the anthem at a July 4 celebration.
The guy I was seeing was sitting there with another girl, so I looked out into the audience,” recalls Bowen, who spent last year releasing empowering songs like “Who I Am,” “Glitter,” and “How It All Went Down.
” “I was only able to do one thing: put on some sunglasses so that I wouldn’t be able to see. We did, however, make eye contact, and from what I recall, he simply raised his hands.”
Bowen was furious because he had been discovered. In reference to the text exchange that led to a terse apology, Bowen says, “I left right after [the performance] was over and I went home and texted him.” “I didn’t talk to him for a while after that, even though we had been friends for a very long time because I was just so upset,”
As any good singer-songwriter should, according to Bowen, she channeled her rage into the creation of her brand-new single, “Son of a Gun.”
The song, which Bowen co-wrote with Sam Woods, “came out so fast because I was just in the middle of feeling all these emotions,” says Bowen. “My writing partner thought that the result of my insanity would be a fantastic country song. Honest to God, I believe we wrote this song in about an hour.”
Bowen acknowledges that the entire incident still hurts, despite her claim that she never let’s love easily in. It annoys me, she murmurs under her breath. Everyone expects a fairytale, and when that doesn’t materialize,
Before saying that time has allowed both her heart and the relationship to heal, her voice trails off.
Bowen, who calls herself “happily single” at the moment, says, “I really like him as a person, but we just can’t make it in a relationship.
” “We are really, really close. We work well as a team. We still communicate frequently, but now only as friends. We don’t judge one another. Now, it’s just a wonderful friendship.
Bowen is aware that making the song public will likely elicit negative reactions and rumors from the people back home. But she doesn’t mind.
Bowen says with a slight chuckle, “I called him when I knew the song was going to come out and I basically asked him not to be mad at me.” “This song was written in a fit of rage.
This is not how I currently feel about him. However, a woman, you know, never forgets. We may be able to forget, but we do not.”