Blake Shelton honors Troy Gentry with emotional song about his late brother
The 41-year-old country singer and "The Voice" coach, Blake Shelton, sang at a benefit for Troy Gentry.
The benefit concert took place on Wednesday in Nashville to honor Troy Gentry, and Shelton took to the stage for a heartrending performance of "Over You."
He co-wrote the song while still married to ex-wife Miranda Lambert and explained: "This is a song that I wrote with Miranda that was actually about my brother."
When Shelton first played the song for Gentry, the latter didn't realize it was about Shelton's brother but the song "really hit him hard." Shelton added:
"He wasn't crying or anything, but he was just beside himself a little bit, and I remember thinking, 'Wow, he went through the same thing that I went through, losing my brother.'"
Shelton lost his older brother Richie when he was 14 years old. Richie was 24 and passed away in a car accident.
In an interview with Cowboys & Indians, Shelton said that the death of a sibling is not something one can ever "get over."
He admitted that he wanted to be like his big brother, "look like him, dress like him, listen to what he listened to, and be into the things he was into."
Shelton said when Richie's life was cut short, it "was literally like the world went silent." He admits that he will never move on from the loss; he is just used to it now. Back in 2017, Shelton confessed on Twitter:
"Lost my brother 27 years ago today. 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 it... We still miss you, Richie!!"
The late Gentry's wife vowed to keep his "big-hearted spirit alive" and found the Troy Gentry Foundation the day he passed away in a helicopter accident in 2017.
At first, Angie Gentry considered donating his organs as that would help other patients. She explained:
“If this is your time and God says, I’m taking you home today, but other parts of you still work perfectly well that could help somebody else, why would you not donate them? You don’t throw something away that’s perfect. It was something I felt Troy would have said: Do it.”
Unfortunately, his organs couldn't be donated due to his injuries, only his corneas. Angie took it upon herself to raise $300,000 instead.
The foundation aims to make the concert an annual event, and the money will go towards The Gift of Life Donor Program in Philadelphia.
She told the crowd that she would one day like to meet the patient who got her husband's corneas.
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