With a powerful delivery by artist Lee Brice, the touching song reached number one on Billboard's Country Airplay chart. The lyrics were inspired by Paul Monti, whose son, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti, was killed in an intense firefight in Afghanistan while trying to rescue a fellow soldier. Jared was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart. Paul keeps his memory close by driving Jared's black Dodge Ram pickup.
Yeary commented, “The story behind this song is so powerful and connects with everyday people's lives and the losses we all endure. This song speaks to everyone.” Jimmy continued, “Without the sacrifice of people like Jared Monti, whom this song was written about, none of this would be possible. I am honored that I had a part in the world getting to hear his story.”
Many great songs have co-writers, and Jimmy acknowledges Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington saying “I can't think of any two people I'd rather share this award with.”
Here is Lee Brice performing "I Drive Your Truck":
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About Jimmy Yeary
Jimmy Yeary (born in Hillsboro, Ohio) is an American country music singer and songwriter who moved to Nashville in 1994.Through the assistance of Paul Worley and Wally Wilson, Yeary found work as a songwriter. Among Yeary's co-writing credits are Joe Diffie's top 10 hit "In Another World," Rascal Flatts' number 1 single "Why Wait," Troy Olsen's "Summer Thing," Martina McBride's "I'm Gonna Love You Through It," Heidi Newfield's "Stay Up Late," and Lee Brice's "I Drive Your Truck." He has sung lead for Shenandoah and the Isaacs. Yeary is married to Country/Gospel singer Sonya Isaacs. The couple has one son, Ayden James Yeary, born on July 25, 2011.