Overnight

Album: Somewhere Down The Road (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • This is a duet with Grant's 17-year-old-daughter Sarah. The message of the song is if things happened overnight, you wouldn't appreciate the process. Grant explained: "If it all just happened overnight, you would never know what it means, and you would never learn to believe in what you can't see. I've wanted to sing with Sarah for a long time and when this song showed up I thought it would be perfect for us to record."
  • Grant explained to Christianity Today why she's wanted to record a song with Sarah for a long time: "I have wanted to do that from the first time I heard her sing, right before her sixteenth birthday. I thought, 'I love the timbre of her voice.' She had met a friend through church who's a piano player, and he comes over and they sing and sing. About six months ago, I asked Sarah, 'Would you be willing to sing a song with me?' And she said yeah."
    Grant added: "I was exactly her age, to the month, when my first record came out. But she's not pursuing music the way I did. I was absolutely glued to my guitar. Sarah loves rock climbing, running; I see her most often in a pair of sneakers with her hair in a ponytail. The idea of getting up on a stage and singing songs is not on her radar. She just happens to have a good voice. All I wanted to do is just capture how she sounds right now, and we had so much fun doing it together."
  • Grant expanded on the song to The Boot: "It's not about arriving at the destination, it is the journey. Vince (Gill, her husband) and I will sometimes be in the mood to reminisce and he'll say, 'It's funny when you look back on the really ritzy times in the journey of a music career. Some of the strongest memories are packing up the van and driving all night to the next gig. It's not the Prevost (bus) with the hired driver and everyone having their own bunk. It's really the times that you're hoping will end quickly that make you [realize] the grind is what made the rest of it really special.'"

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