This song is based on a diary entry written by Hudson just after her tragic loss; Halo
songwriter Ryan Tedder penned the music and produced the track. The collaboration came about after Clive Davis orchestrated the seating of the pair next to each other at his annual pre-Grammy party in 2010. The music-industry legend had been encouraging Hudson to get together with Tedder for months previously and the producer recalled to MTV News: "So I sit down and she's like, 'I hear we're going to work together,' and I'm like, 'Yes, we are. She sends me an e-mail with a diary entry dated right after her family was... and it was, literally, her thoughts immediately after that happened. It started with the phrase, 'I remember me. I used to smile. I used to know love. I used to laugh. I used to hear things.'"
Tedder added that Hudson's journal jottings were "about four or five paragraphs" and revolved around her initial response to the stunning loss. He recalled: "She said, 'You're the one to write the song. I want you to put music and melody to these words,' and so I pulled as much as I could from it and tried to turn it around and what we ended up with is 'I Remember Me,' which is the name of her album."