Frontman Mike Weaver was going through a difficult time as he'd nearly lost his brother, who'd had both of his feet amputated. He recalled to NewReleaseToday
that singer-songwriter Zach Williams, who was was touring with Big Daddy Weave at the time, played "Alive" to him during a bus ride. "It was so powerful because it captured the season we had gone through," he said. The band decided that they wanted to record the song right away.
Williams added that the song was perfect timing, "with us coming out of a season of hardship into a season of light."