Flowery Branch, Georgia native Andrew Jannakos, first gained some notability after performing a blind audition on NBC's The Voice in spring 2019. He subsequently built a robust following on social media.
Prior to this song's release, Jannakos posted snippets of it on TikTok. The preview went viral on the platform, and there was huge interest in the guitar-driven track by the time of its release on September 15, 2020.
The song recounts the long-distance relationship Jannakos had with his girlfriend (now wife), Katie.
I love it when you want to sleep at my place
I love it when we dancing down the hallway
But when you leave, it puts me in a bad place
Will you stay? Come on, please stay
Jannakos explained that the song is about how he never wanted the time he spent with Katie to end, but some people connected to "Gone Too Soon" in different ways. "Some may interpret the song being about 'the other person' in a messy relationship," Jannakos said, "and there are certainly some parallels to that feeling, but to me, it's about the love of my life."
Jannakos wrote the song alongside singer-songwriter Josh Bricker and newcomer Jason Afable.
Jannakos premiered the song on Apple Music's The Ward Guenther Show on the same day he released it.
Director Justin Key filmed the music video at a historic home in downtown Nashville. The three couples featured in the clip are all together in real life.