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If we have said it once, we have said it a thousand times, everyone is going through something.

And for many country artists who seem to have these perfect lives with perfect families and perfect careers, there are those that smile despite their share of pain. On Nov, 13, Blake Shelton reflected on the death of his dear brother, who passed away in 1990.


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“Lost my brother 27 years ago today,” Blake wrote. “I was only 14 at the time but it changed my life forever … Made me realize that life is precious and there’s no time like RIGHT NOW to go for i t… We still miss you Richie!!”

Country music fans will recall that Blake’s brother, Richie Shelton, died as a result of a car accident. The tragedy not only went on to direct the rest of Blake’s life, but also inspired Miranda Lambert’s 2012 hit “Over You,” which Blake and Miranda co-wrote. Miranda often sings the song as part of her set list, and often can’t get through it without shedding tears.

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While Blake rarely sings it out on tour, he did find the strength to sing it at a 2014 show at Madison Square Garden. “I wasn’t sure if I would get through it every night,” Blake told the crowd that night about the reason he wanted Miranda to sing the song. “I’m going to try to play it.”

Blake Shelton is now nominated for “Fan Moment of the Year,” “Grand Ole Opry® Moment of the Year” and “Male Artist of the Year” in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now at RareCountryAwards.com until Dec. 13. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Blake Shelton reflects on the anniversary of his brother’s death Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP
Tricia Despres is the contributing editor for Rare Country, based out of Chicago, Illinois. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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