WATCH: Dalton Dover Stuns With Powerful Rendition of Luke Bryan’s ‘Do I’

The rising star dubs this track one of his “favorite songs ever.”


Madeleine O’Connell

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June 27, 2023


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Dalton Dover, Luke Bryan Performing at CMA Fest in Nashville, Photos by Nathan Zucker/CMA, Andrew Wendowski

Dalton Dover recently took to social media to deliver an impressive cover of Luke Bryan’s first No. 1 hit, “Do I.”

While Bryan is generally known for his upbeat, beer-drinking, truck-driving party anthems, “Do I” allowed him to slow things down and showcase a softer side to his artistry. Co-penned by Bryan with Lady A members, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, the song was released in May 2009 and serves as the lead single from his album Doin’ My Thing.

“The song is about a couple that doesn’t know if their worlds are jiving with each other, or they don’t know how their relationship’s going,” Bryan shared during a 2009 interview with CMT.

All these years later, the song still strikes a chord with many country fans and artists who can appreciate the song’s sincere songwriting, which centers around a man who realizes his relationship could be coming to a close.

Dover took the heartbreaking tune, which he dubbed one of his “favorite songs ever,” and made it his own through the incredibly powerful rasp in his vocals. As his guitarist eloquently strums his guitar, the former The Voice contestant belts out the lyrics that find him asking the vulnerable questions to his partner in the storyline.

He sings, “Do I turn you on at all when I kiss you, baby / Does the sight of me wantin’ you drive you crazy / Do I have your love / Am I still enough /Tell me, don’t I / Or tell me, do I, baby / Give you everything that you ever wanted / Would you rather just turn away and leave me lonely / Do I just need to give up and get on with my life / Baby, do I.”

Dalton Dover; Photo by Jason Myers
Dalton Dover; Photo by Jason Myers

Fans were quick to celebrate Dalton Dover’s version in the comment section. One user wrote, “Your voice is fire 🔥🔥🔥,” while another declared, “I’m so proud of you bro keep up the good work.”

This cover follows a string of releases from the rising star this year. He started things off strong when he dropped his major label debut, “Giving Up On That” via UMG Nashville/ Mercury Records.

The powerful track was the most added song at Country radio with 60 first-week stations, along with fans streaming the song and garnering over 1 million streams in the first two weeks of its April 2023 release.

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Next, he switched gears to deliver a gratitude-filled song just in time for Mother’s Day. Penned by Dover with Russell Sutton and Dan Isabell, “I Wouldn’t Be Here,” gives credit to the person in his life who has gotten him through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, supported him through every step of his flourishing career and overall, has made him the man he is today.

“I wrote ‘I Wouldn’t Be Here’ for one of the most important people in my life, my momma,” Dover shared in a statement. “She’s my best friend, the greatest Mimi to my babies and the wisest woman I’ve ever met. I’m so grateful that I get to call her mom.”

In addition to his own original releases, Dover was tapped to appear as a featured guest on a new song by the Platinum-selling group, James Barker Band, titled “On The Water.” Dover’s soulful vocals add to the band’s signature twang throughout the catchy lyrics. Together, they transport listeners to a lakeside paradise, giving them the freedom to clear their minds of any problems, unwind with a cold beer in hand and enjoy bright blue skies. 

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Dalton Dover recently got the chance to showcase how far he’s come since his time on the singing competition when he performed in a stadium for the very first time. He milestone moment took place in June during Nashville’s annual CMA Fest. 

Taking to social media to celebrate his time at Nissan Stadium, the Georgia native wrote, “I sang in a stadium for the first time over the weekend, I’m so grateful for the opportunities I’ve been givin. I’m overwhelmed with the constant love I receive from all of you, I honestly don’t know how I’m able to hold it all together. thank y’all for loving me ☝🏽🖤”

Following his time on the road in support of Chase Rice’s Way Down Yonder Tour, Dover is gearing up to perform at a variety of fests and festivals throughout the summer. He’s also scheduled to open for Luke Combs at his Gillette Stadium tour stop in Boston this July.

For a full list of Dalton Dover’s tour dates, click Here

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.