After being forbidden to sing about Jesus, Vince Gill steps on stage and belts out
Vince Gill is a country musician with an extraordinary history, having received the most Grammy Awards ever given to a male country music vocalist and having released more than 20 albums.
Gill, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, originally caught our attention in 1979 as a member of the country rock band Pure Prairie League.
Four decades later, he is a well-known and in-demand artist who has been asked to perform on the legendary stage of the Grand Ole Opry with the group Little Big Town.
But his superiors informed him that he could only perform if he did not sing about Jesus. So how could anyone deny this great and brilliant musician the opportunity to play the song he wanted?
The crowd erupted in reaction to his comment.
Gill, who was born in Oklahoma in 1957, went solo in 1980. In recent years, the devout Christian has incorporated more gospel music into his performances.
He was recently asked to sing at the Nashville, Tennessee Grand Ole Opry, a weekly show on the country music scene that has been running since 1925.
However, his supervisors said he could perform as long as he did not sing religious songs, especially about Jesus.
Gil may have followed this order, ignoring his desire to sing about his beliefs. Instead, he did something unexpected.
He broke the rules by singing “Why Me Lord,” a stunning song written and released in 1972 by American country musician and gospel vocalist Kris Kristofferson.
Since then, music legends like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash have covered the song.
The standing ovation for Gill’s performance showed that no one else cared about the meaning of the song, but how much the performance affected.
You can see part of his performance in the video below.
Gill’s choice to sing a song true to his beliefs and musical style is incredibly brave, and not everyone would have the courage to refuse instructions in this way.
On the other hand, when you’re in the Country Music Hall of Fame, you have to make your own rules!