Witness the moment Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert first broke our hearts GC-11/STAR MAX/IPx 2015

Having to say goodbye to a person that you love can definitely hurt. In fact, it’s a pain that sadly never goes away.

Just ask Blake Shelton.

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In 1990, the country crooner’s brother, Richie Shelton, died in a car crash. At the time, Blake was just a teenager. Little did he know that he’d later go on to write a touching song about the tragedy that put a hole in his heart.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Blake opened up about how he and his now ex-wife Miranda Lambert found inspiration to collaborate on an ode to his late sibling. The final result was a song called “Over You.”

Blake said, “We were watching TV one night on our bus and flipping through the channels, and on GAC-TV they were re-airing my backstory. It was at the part where my dad was talking about my brother’s car accident that he was killed in. He said, ‘You don’t ever get over something like that. You just get used to it.’”

Those words struck a chord with Blake and Miranda. So, they began to talk through his memory of Richie. Putting pen to paper, lyrics began to unravel straight out of Blake’s personal diary — like the part about retrieving Richie’s record collection.

“That’s one of the things I got when my brother was killed,” said Blake. “The family gave me all his albums and things like that. I just listened to them over and over again to feel like he was there.”

“We both actually cried while writing the song,” added Miranda, “That’s the only time I’ve ever gotten that emotional writing a song — and [Blake] too. So, I think the initial emotion came out right that day.”


Because of Blake’s emotional connection to the song, he chose not to cut it on his record. Instead, Miranda released “Over You” on Jan. 9, 2012, as the second single from her fourth studio album, “For the Record.”

“Over You” rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. The song also earned Blake and Miranda a 2012 CMA Music Award for song of the year and an ACM Award for song of the year the following year.

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Although Miranda and Blake are no longer a couple, she continues to share his brother’s legacy with audiences worldwide.

See the heartwrenching video for “Over You” below.

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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