Country Throwback: Blake Shelton Honors Late Troy Gentry With ‘Over You’ Performance in 2019

by Emily Morgan

Blake Shelton honored his late friend and country music star, Troy Gentry, when he performed his tear-jerking song, “Over You.”

On September 8, 2017, Gentry passed away in a helicopter crash when he was en route to play a show. Fans everywhere were devastated by the loss of a musical genius. When Gentry’s wife began planning a charity benefit in his honor, the county music community rallied together. Blake Shelton was more than willing to step up. He offered to co-host the event, which took place on January 9, 2019.

When Shelton took the stage, no one knew that he also planned to sing in addition to hosting the event. With just his acoustic guitar in hand, Shelton delivered a solemn performance of the emotional song, “Over You.” Through this performance, Shelton got the chance to say goodbye to his lifelong friend.

Once the audience heard the song, they quickly realized it would be a moment they’d never forget. The lyrics project the all-too-familiar feeling of the hurt we feel when we lose a loved one, even if it’s a parent, child, sibling, or friend.

Blake Shelton’s Emotional History Behind ‘Over You’

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert wrote the song when they were together. It was conceived when Shelton wrote it in memory of his late brother Richie. Like Gentry, his brother also left us too soon after he died in a car accident at the age of 24.

After writing the song, Shelton full of emotion, couldn’t bring himself to sing it. Instead, wanted Lambert to have it. In 2012, Lambert released “Over You.”

At the Grand Ole Opry, in front of Gentry’s family and friends, Blake Shelton would hold back tears when he performed. Gentry’s memory was too important for Shelton not to take a moment to honor another person he lost.

That evening he revealed his emotions in front of the world. His performance of the poignant song was Shelton’s way to honor another one of his brothers.