Otto told the story of the song in an interview with The Boot
: "'Shake What God Gave You' was one of those songs I wrote in response to being on the road and wanting to get people out of their seats instead of sitting on their butts. I was on the road with Brooks & Dunn, and as an opening act, it's a tough gig. You've got to go out there and find a way and build a set that makes a crowd respond to you and makes them care about you. [The song] was really meant to grab people and say, 'You know what, we're here to have a good time, and that's what we want you to do too. We're here to entertain you!' I got off stage after one of the shows and walked back to the back of the bus and started thinking about it and the groove started happening. I wrote the chorus in maybe five minutes."