Story Behind Blake Shelton's 'Mine Would Be You'

04/02/2014
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(Radio.com) Some songs can take a bit of time to really sink in and win over fans as well as the artists. That wasn't the case, though, with "Mine Would Be You," the No. 1 hit from Blake Shelton.

"You'd have to be a fool not to hear that as a great song," said Scott Hendricks, who produced …Based on a True Story, the 2013 Shelton album on which "Mine Would Be You" first appeared.

After reaching the top of the country charts last year, "Mine Would Be You" has now been nominated for Song of the Year at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Award, which take place this Sunday (April 6). In addition, …Based on a True Story is nominated for Album of the Year and Shelton is up for both Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year.

"Mine Would Be You" was written by Jessi Alexander, Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan. And curiously, it isn't Alexander and Harrington's only ACM-nominated song this year - they were also two of the writers on Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck."

As Alexander told Radio.com in a recent interview, writing songs from a male point of view is a relatively new exercise for her - and it one that appears to be working quite well. She and Harrington first attempted a male perspective with "I Drive Your Truck," and the success of that song gave them a "boost" forward.

"It was so exciting that Connie and I had written all these years, and couldn't get arrested, and with 'I Drive Your Truck' it was like we found the secret. 'Oh, we need a guy in the room.' It was exhilarating."

So when it came to the writing session that would eventually produce "Mine Would Be You," right away they brought in a male songwriter. In this case it was Deric Ruttan, who works with Harrington at THiS Music, the company she co-owns.

"Connie always has a wealth of great ideas," Alexander explained. "I remember her just saying, 'mine would be you,' and Deric and I just looked at each other and said, 'whoa whoa whoa.'"

And from there, Alexander said, they all "just started having a blast." As they had done with "I Drive Your Truck," they just "plowed through" a series of images and ideas. "'Mine would be you,' OK. Well, my favorite 'blank.' We would just go back and forth. My favorite sundae, my favorite game, my favorite drink, whatever … mine would be you. It got deeper and deeper, pretty much as a positive love song in a gritty way, that first day."

But they didn't finish it that first day. For their next session a couple weeks later, Alexander said she invited the group to her house - that way, she could be close to her newborn twins and they'd all be working in a casual environment. more on this story

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