The song speaks of wanting to be the fighter, wanting to be the one who beats the odds and makes it, whether it be in music or life in general. There are people in life that are just handed things, and there's something especially amazing about a person that isn't handed anything, but still succeeds. Masters touches on this topic in this song. She could be speaking about the music industry, as supported by some of the lyrics like "but if I'm going down in history, it's gonna be the way I choose" and "Gonna see me shining brighter, brighter than any star." They emphasize that spending time writing for other people and not getting much recognition for her music will pay off in the end.
There are parallels with the message to Maddie & Tae's top ten hit "Fly," as well as there being a unique Alex Masters spin on it. Whatever Masters wrote this song about personally, whether it being music or something else, this song can relate to any person, in any circumstance. It's universal, but also feels incredibly personal.
This song marks a cool, new direction for Masters. It's appealing to pop listeners, but it's also based in country music and produced like a country song for the most part. Her sweet voice shines as always, and her songwriting just continues to get stronger. Mark my words: any day now, Alex Masters is going to blow up as the hottest new songwriter or artist in country music.
Listen to "Underdog" below and check out more of Alex's original music on iTunes and at her official website.