Following the success of their debut album and the singles Wishes, Don’t Say Goodbye and Whisper Your Name, the band would impress major recording stars with their professionalism, showmanship, and musicality and spend much of the remainder of the period 1996 – 1998, touring the world as support to such huge international stars as Celine Dion, Michael Jackson, and Janet Jackson. They were support on Dion’s Falling Into You Around The World Tour in 96/97 in Australia and Europe, and again in 1998 on her Let’s Talk About Love Tour of Asia. They supported Michael Jackson on his HIStory World Tour in 96/97 in Australia and Europe, and supported Janet Jackson on her Tour of Australia in 1998. The band released their second album Counting Down in May 1999, but several singles were pre-released including Every Time You Cry, in September 1997, which was also included on John Farnham’s album Anthology 1.Every Time You Cry was written by Americans Greg Sutton, bassist/songwriter/singer who wrote Stop! for Sam Brown, Tonight for Joe Cocker and other hits for Human League, Billy Ray Cyrus, Curtis Stigers, and Tom Jones, while co-writer Shelly Peiken had written US #1 hits for Christina Aguilera What A Girl Wants, and Come On Over Baby, a US #2 Bitch for Meredith Brooks, Hook Me Up for the Veronicas a #1 in Aust, and had also written songs for Britney Spears, Natasha Bedingfield, Keith Urban and Celine Dion.
The song was produced by Farnham and Ross Fraser at Gotham Studios (Melb), Human Nature recorded their vocals in the UK at Master Rock studios and were produced by Andrew Klippel.
The song has a Motown meets revivalist hall feel to it with a call and response chorus between Farnham and Human Nature, a classy arrangement and orchestration which includes brass via trumpet flourishes from Tibor Gyapjas and trombone from Lex Tier. Soaring vocal support is rendered ed by the late Lindsey Field and Lisa Edwards (below), soulful harmonica inserts by Steve Williams and the rhythm section of Angus Burchall (drums) and Joe Creighton (bass), laid down a chugging back beat.The promo video has a retro feel to it as Farnham and Human Nature perform in classic Motown lead singer/ backup vocals formation with appropriate choreography, while two ageing Melbourne radio identities, Bruce Mansfield (the late) and Phillip Brady, ham it up on the sidelines.The album Counting Down which was variously recorded in Sydney, London, and Los Angeles, was a #1 hit here in Australia, sold 70,000 copies and occupied the top 50 for 26 weeks, the band joined John Farnham on his I Can’t believe That He’s Fifty national tour in 1999 and took the song Every Time You Cry to #3 on the ARIA national charts.