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Story Behind the Song: Blake Shelton, ‘Home’

In 2005, Michael Buble released “Home” as a single. The singer wrote the song with Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies, and it became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and went platinum. Country fans, however, became familiar with the tune when Blake Shelton released it as a single in 2008; his version went on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Below, Chang and Foster-Gillies tell The Boot about how the song came to be.

Alan Chang: [Buble] had the first few lines of the song written when he came to soundcheck one day. He was expressing the sentiment we’ve all felt, of wanting to be home after being gone for a long period of time.

When I first heard what he had to say, I felt it might be too much of a complaint, especially since it was about being stuck in Europe, where we happened to be; I thought to myself, “Oh, great, complain about being stuck in Europe.” But I thought, basically, it was a good idea, so I figured I’d just go with it and try to come up with music that would fit that theme.

[A few months later], Michael was doing a guest appearance on the [TV] show [Las Vegas], and I was there with him, and there was a piano in the room where we were waiting in between takes for the show. So I sat down at the piano, and we worked on it again, and my part of it came together. Then we sent it on to Amy.

Amy Foster-Gillies: My dad [singer-songwriter David Foster] introduced me to Michael before he was even signed to a record deal. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, so we became fast friends; he stayed at our house, and he helped host my daughter’s fifth birthday party.

He’s such a good human being, and he promised me that any success that he had, he would include me. I just thought to myself, “Yeah, sure.” But he did! The first opportunity he had to write an original song, he called me and asked me to help out.

Just like Alan said, when I first heard the song, I thought it was about bashing Europe, too. I knew it shouldn’t be like that, because he goes to Europe a lot. So I really wrote the lyrics about just the difficulties of being away from home. I think it worked out really nice and balanced between sort of longing to be home but still knowing there is a gratefulness about where he is.

This story was originally written by Vernell Hackett, and revised by Angela Stefano.

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