It was released in June as part of the soundtrack to the film Urban Cowboyreleased that year. Marcy Levy was one of the female singers who provided backing vocals on the track. Lee, whose biggest hit to date had been a cover of Ricky Nelson's " Garden Party ", had previously been one of the main nightclub acts at Gilley's, a nightclub owned by country music superstar Mickey Gilley.
Record executive Irving Azoff offered Lee the chance to record "Lookin' For Love",  a song that plus artists had rejected.
Critics were not kind to Lee nor the song. Country music historian Bill Malone once noted that "Lookin' for Love" — in his words, a "lilting little pop song" — became the featured song of Urban Cowboy and a huge commercial hit largely because "actor John Travolta the movie's co-star expressed a liking for it.