Leaving Love Behind

Album: The Owl (2019)
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  • This poignant ballad about lost love was inspired by Zac Brown's divorce from his wife of 12 years, Shelley. The couple, who met through a mutual friend and had been married since 2006, announced their separation in October of 2018 in a joint statement. The pair explained their personal journeys had taken them in "different directions."
  • The emotive, piano-driven breakup song is one of several tracks on The Owl inspired by the breakdown of Brown's marriage. "Sometimes life can be challenging in facing things that are hard, and music has always been my therapy," Brown told CNN. "It's been my way to make it through a lot of things, so I'm blessed to be able to do that."
  • The lighthearted music video shows clips of pets doing amusing and endearing things. It was filmed in partnership with Best Friends Animal Society to raise money for animals displaced by Hurricane Dorian.

    "Whether it's funny things they do or the fact that they comfort us when we need them, we wanted to highlight how pets can make us smile even when we think we can't," Zac Brown said in a press statement. "Especially in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, thousands of pets are without homes. We hope you'll help by donating to Best Friends Animal Society who is doing incredible work taking care of the animals that need love too."


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