Several Oklahoma musicians and actors were part of making the movie.
Hayes got involved with “Cowgirls N' Angels” when she was preparing to make the video for her single “Wait” with director Steven Goldmann. Goldmann passed her name and music to the movie's producers and made introductions when Hayes traveled to Los Angeles to film the video.
“I thought, ‘OK, having three songs in a movie, that's gonna be cool.' But actually being in the movie is just an added bonus,” she said. “They could've had somebody else come and do it and just used the music. But I'm glad that they asked me to come in and get involved.”
When she first wrote “Always There for Me,” she thought McDonald would be perfect for the duet because “his voice is very warm and it has so much emotion.” She was thrilled when the crooner got to make a cameo as her father and sang it with her in the movie.
Playing a honky-tonk singer, Hayes also belted “C'mon,” the title track from her 2010 debut EP, while the cast danced in the Stillwater club Outlaws.
“When I got there they all had been practicing the line dance for ‘C'mon.' It was just so cool when I was up on stage watching all these great actors dancing and singing along to my song,” said Hayes, who recently finished recording her sophomore effort and plans to release it this year.
She even got to hear the house band on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” play “C'mon” when Madison appeared on the show, and it brought to mind her favorite “Cowgirls N' Angels” memory.
“When I got there and rode over to the set, she was in the car with me, and she said, ‘I love that song. I've been singing it.' And then I get in my trailer and she's pumping it ... outside practicing. It was just really kind of one of those moments like ‘Is this really happening?'