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Story Behind the Song: Brantley Gilbert, ‘More Than Miles’

In October of 2012,¬†Brantley Gilbert¬†released “More Than Miles” as his seventh single from his sophomore album, Halfway to Heaven; the song is only featured on the deluxe version of the disc, released in late 2011, following Gilbert’s signing with the Valory Music Co. Written by Gilbert and John Eddie, “More Than Miles” became a Top 10 hit for Gilbert and has been certified gold.

Back in 2013, Gilbert shared with The Boot the story behind the song “More Than Miles.”¬†Although he didn’t say it back then, these days, fans know that Gilbert’s now-wife, Amber, is the girl in the song.

It has a double meaning. In my career, there’s a lot of pressure: You had to move to Nashville if you were going to make it. I never really bought into it, but I agreed to take some writing appointments with some people from Warner Chappell.

I had a co-write set up with a guy named John Eddie. I was on the way up to Nashville to write with him. To make a long story short, I ended up turning around and going home and canceling the appointment.

We rescheduled with him, and that day, we wrote about what happened the day I canceled … It was just a real experience.

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