Billboard is premiering a new rendition of Blake Shelton’s “Mine Would Be You,” performed by the track’s original songwriter Jessi Alexander, today (May 31).
On any night in Nashville, music fans can attend countless writers rounds to hear Music City’s esteemed songwriters perform their favorite country songs. Now, a new EP from Music City Hit-Makers puts a unique spin on those songs with the help of a symphony. Songs & Symphony, out June 4, features six songs that topped the country charts sung by the very songwriters who penned them while backed by a symphony.
A No. 1 hit for Shelton in 2013, Alexander penned “Mine Would Be You” with Connie Harrington and Deric Ruttan. Alexander’s stirring rendition of “Mine Would Be You” gives the song added emotion; she’s accompanied by a string section while showcasing her slowed and smoky vocals.
“’Mine Would Be You’ is such a special song to me, and having the Music City Hit-Makers add their symphony made it even more hauntingly beautiful,” Alexander tells Billboard. “I’m grateful to be a part of this unforgettable project.”
In celebration of the EP release, Music City Hit-Makers will be hosting a show on June 4 at Nashville’s City Winery featuring songwriters Chris DeStefano, Marcus Hummon and Rivers Rutherford, along with a 14-piece symphony.
Music City Hit-Makers was created by Charles Dixon, a classically trained violinist. Charlie Judge, a studio musician and arranger, frequently arranges country hits for a symphony for similar concerts around Nashville.
“Nashville is the epicenter of great songwriting, so the top songwriters in Nashville really are the best in the business,” Judge says. “It is my incredibly good fortune to have the opportunity to work with these talented writers, both as a keyboardist in the studio recording their hits, and as an arranger re-casting their songs for orchestra…I find great joy in stripping the songs down to their essence, finding the emotional core, and then rebuilding them with the endlessly inspiring orchestral palette.”
Hear Alexander’s version of “Mine Would Be You” with a symphony below.