Long Distance (song) - Background and Recording

Background and Recording

"Long Distance" was written by two-third of The Smeezingtons production team, singer Bruno Mars and writer Phillip Lawrence, along with producer Jeff Bhasker. Production on the track was handled by Mars and longtime Brandy contributor Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who expanded the original demo track which was sung by Mars. The song was one of the first records Lawrence and Mars team collaborated on. Eventually scouted by Norwood's A&R manager on Epic Records, Brandon Creed, the track was presented to Norwood, who "fell in love with it" upon hearing and later approved of it. When asked about her relation to the song, whose lyrics deal with the conditions a of long-distance relationships, Norwood elaborated:

"Whether it's a significant other or your daughter, a lot of people are away from the people they love. I met some lady, and she was telling me her husband is away in Iraq right now. I was like, 'I have the perfect song for you.' Just being in a long-distance relationship, that experience is weird. You're not able to have that time, and you need that time.

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