Written by Blake and his wife Miranda Lambert, the touching song is about the loss of Blake’s brother, who was killed in a car accident when Blake was a teenager. “Over You” was recorded by Miranda and released on her album Four the Record, and it hit Number One last year on the country singles charts.
This year, “Over You” been nominated for Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year at the 48th Academy of Country Music Awards. (Blake and Miranda are also each in the running this year for ACM Entertainer of the Year.)
As Blake explains to Radio.com, “Over You” is a song he and Miranda wrote “because we were talking about my brother. And that’s how those things should happen, probably. It was really a way of healing, and honoring my brother’s memory.”
Blake tells Radio.com, though, that the initial idea for the song actually came from a comment his father made.
“We were watching [my] ‘Backstory’ on GAC, and it was my dad making the statement that never get over somebody that you lose like that, you just get used to it.” So, he says, the credit belongs to his father for the song’s germination. “Miranda and I just took what he said there on TV and ran with it.”
“The actual writing of the song is kind of a blur to me now, to be honest with you,” Blake continues. “I do remember at one point we were both crying as we were writing it, so I knew were doing something pretty special.”
The song was also turned into a haunting music video directed by Trey Fanjoy.
In addition to being honored with the nomination for “Over You,” Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are also each in the running this year for ACM Entertainer of the Year.
The 48th annual ACM Awards air Sunday, April 7 at 8pm ET (delayed PT) on CBS.