Luke Combs’ New Song “Love You Anyway” Is Inspired By His Wife Nicole

“It’s a special one to me and I hope y’all love it as much as I do,” Combs wrote.

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Posted on February 10, 2023

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Luke Combs, Nicole Hocking Combs; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Luke Combs gave fans another taste of what’s to come on his forthcoming new album, Gettin’ Old, with the release of his new song “Love You Anyway,” which was inspired by the endless love he has for his wife Nicole Hocking Combs.

The country superstar released the new song on Friday (Feb. 10) and fans are already swooning over the emotion-filled tune, which comes just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Co-written by Combs alongside Ray Fulcher and Reid Isbell, “Love You Anyway” finds Combs professing an endless love for his wife, a love so strong that it can even withstand pain and heartbreak.

“There’s just some things that leave a man no choice / Like a compass needle needing its true north / Even if I knew, the day we met, you’d be the reason this heart breaks / I’d love you anyway,” Combs sang on the track.

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Combs took to social media to explain how “Love You Anyway” came into fruition during a concert in 2020.

“Valentine’s Day 2020. I was playing a show and had dedicated “Beautiful Crazy” to Nicole and said, ‘If you’re in here (the arena), I love you. If not, you know I do anyway.’ Unknown to me, my buddy Dan wrote down ‘Love You Anyway’ as a title in his phone after hearing that, then he told me the story later that month when he and I were writing with my good friend Ray Fulcher,” he explained. “We loved the idea as a title and decided to write about loving someone so much that even if you knew from the beginning they were going to break your heart, you’d love them anyway.”

Combs continued, “It came off very poetic and we wanted to find the words that could really give meaning to what we were trying to say, but as we say in the song, we didn’t know if there were deep enough words made for that. But it all came together and essentially it’s a heartbreak and love song all in one. And long story short, me dedicating a song I wrote about Nicole ended up turning into another song about Nicole, and now three years later the song is finally out at the same time of year. It’s a special one to me and I hope y’all love it as much as I do.”

In addition to sharing the new song, Luke Combs released an acoustic performance clip to accompany the new track, which was filmed before one of his recent headlining arena shows.

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This isn’t the first song he’s written that was inspired by his wife. In fact, Combs has written a trilogy of hits with her in mind, including “Beautiful Crazy,” “Better Together” and “Forever After All.”

“Love You Anyway” is one of over a dozen tracks appearing on his forthcoming fourth studio album, Gettin’ Old, which arrives on March 24.

Gettin’ Old will feature 18 tracks, including his current single “Going, Going, Gone,” and the previously released tune, “Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old.” Also included on the much anticipated project are several previously teased tunes such as “See Me Now,” “Joe,” “Tattoo On A Sunburn,” as well as the fan-favorite tune, “5 Leaf Clover,” and his infamous cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”

The album will also mark Combs’ first project with outside cuts that the North Carolina native didn’t have a hand in penning. “My Song Will Never Die” and “Where The Wild Things Are” are two songs on the project that Combs didn’t write as well as his cover of “Fast Car.”

Luke Combs; Press Image Provided
Luke Combs; Press Image Provided

“This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now. One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through,” Combs previously explained on social media.

He continued, “It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy. Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record and I hope you love it as much as we do.”

While Gettin’ Old is set to be released as a standalone album, it appears to be a continuation, or second (more mature) chapter, of his previously released project, Growin’ Up. In fact, when placed side by side, the album covers connect as one cohesive image. The album art seemingly refers to the shift Combs has seen in his life, from his days in the bar scene, to a life that revolves around being home with family in a house on a hill.

Growin' Up And Gettin' Old Album Art; Courtesy of Luke Combs
Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old Album Art; Courtesy of Luke Combs

Gettin’ Old Follows His 2022 Project, Growin’ Up

The album will serve as the follow-up to Combs’ 2022 project, Growin’ Up, which has spawned hits such as “Doin’ This,” “The Kind Of Love We Make,” and his current single, “Going, Going, Gone.”

Growin’ Up was co-produced by Combs alongside Chip Matthews and Jonathan Singleton. The 12-track release was crowned Album of the Year at the 56th Annual CMA Awards in November of 2022.

Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy of Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Combs recently attended the 65th Annual GRAMMY Awards, where he was nominated for three awards and performed his latest single, “Going, Going, Gone.” The hitmaker was nominated for Best Country Album (Growin’ Up), Best Country Duo/Group Performance (“Outrunnin’ Your Memory”) and Best Country Song (“Doin’ This”).

The reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will soon embark on a massive world tour that will visit three continents and 16 countries. The trek, which will be hitting stadiums and arenas across the globe, is set to kick off on March 25 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and wrap up in London, England at The O2 Arena on October 19.

Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb will serve as support on the North American tour date, while special guests on the Australian and New Zealand dates include Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman.

Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy of CBS
Luke Combs; Photo Courtesy of CBS

The world tour will visit 16 stadiums across North America, including Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium and more. Hitting three continents and 16 countries, the massive outing will also stop in Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France and Belgium.

Ticketing information and additional tour details can be found at www.lukecombs.com.

Luke Combs World Tour Dates

March
25—Arlington, TX—AT&T Stadium*

April
1—Indianapolis, IN—Lucas Oil Stadium*
15—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium*
22—Detroit, MI—Ford Field*
29—Pittsburgh, PA—Acrisure Stadium*

May
6—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field*
13—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium*
20—Boise, ID—Albertsons Stadium*
27—Vancouver, BC—BC Place*

June
3—Edmonton, AB—Commonwealth Stadium*
10—Kansas City, MO—GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium*
17—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium*

July
8—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium*
15—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium*
22—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium*
29—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field*

*with special guests Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb

Luke Combs International Tour Dates

August
9—Auckland, New Zealand—Spark Arena+
11—Brisbane, Australia—Brisbane Entertainment Centre+
16—Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena+
20—Melbourne, Australia—Rod Laver Arena+
23—Adelaide, Australia—Adelaide Entertainment Centre+
26—Perth, Australia—RAC Arena+
30—Oslo, Norway—Spektrum

October
1—Stockholm, Sweden—Annexet
4—Copenhagen, Denmark—Vega
6—Hamburg, Germany—Barclays Arena
7—Amsterdam, Netherlands—AFAS Live
8—Paris, France—La Cigale
10—Zurich, Switzerland—The Hall
11—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique
13—Dublin, Ireland—3Arena
14—Belfast, N. Ireland—SSE Arena
16—Glasgow, Scotland—OVO Hydro Arena
17—Manchester, England—AO Arena
19—London, England—The O2 Arena

+with special guests Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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