Inducting a country music star into the Grand Ole Opry is a big event and it still remains as one of country music’s crowning achievements. The membership list speaks for itself as it includes country music legends including: Patsy Cline, Kitty Wells, Hank Williams, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, the Dixie Chicks, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire and Alan Jackson to name a few.
So, with the hype of such an event, every time a star or group is inducted, it is certainly a night to remember. One of these nights was recently had, when the group Little Big Town was recently inducted. As to be expected, it was a big production when Vince Gill joined the group on stage and belted out one of the most memorable renditions of “Why Me Lord.” The group of four including Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet were joined by just two guitars. It didn’t take much for their voices to dominate the venue, and Gill was just icing on the cake.
Evidently, prior to the event, Vince Gill was told not to sing about Jesus, but instead he came back with the most breathtaking religious performance, and didn’t think twice about it.
You can watch the performance unfold, as Little Big Town and Vince Gill take the stage together. The group starts out slowly, singing the touching lyrics about the Lord as Gill is standing in the background singing softly. The voices compliment one another as they passionately belt out the following lyrics:
“What have I ever done to deserve. Even one of the pleasures I’ve known? Tell me, Lord. What did I ever do to deserve loving You. And the kindness You’ve shown? So help me Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand. Jesus, my soul’s in Your hand.”
Little Big Town essentially takes over almost the entire performance but you can hear Gill’s voice powering through in the background.
As being one of the biggest rights of passage for country stars, the evening was a big celebration and as soon as the song ended, the audience went wild, applauding the epic performance.
The song “Why Me Lord” was originally written and recorded by country legend, Kris Kristofferson in 1972. He wrote it after attending a church service during an especially low season of his life, turning the lyrics into inspiration for country fans everywhere. Other singers who have performed and recorded the memorable song include: Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Elvis.
Viewers of the performance shared their kind words…
“Thank you Thomas Dolan! I loved Kristofferson. He did a great job with this song and then…I saw Elvis did it too! Beautiful song!”
“I mean they really felt that song from their heart and soul. They sung it like it really hit home and touched a nerve within their soul, like they truly lived it and understood where the song was coming from. Like they have asked for help from Jesus when they were feeling down. They understood the lyrical content of the song like they lived it. As in…they really felt that song on an emotional standpoint.
Some statements were so bold, clearly showing the beauty in the performance…
“WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Best song ever sung there!!”