A male country music performer with an exceptional resume, Vince Gill has released more than 20 albums and won the most Grammy Awards ever.
In 1979, Gill, a member of the country rock group Pure Prairie League, initially caught our notice and was later inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Four decades later, he is still a popular and in-demand musician who was chosen to join Little Big Town on the illustrious Grand Ole Opry stage.
However, his superiors only allowed him to perform if he avoided singing about Jesus.
So how could anybody deny this gifted, wise musician the chance to play the song he wanted?
The audience rose to their feet in reaction to his statement.
In the 1980s, Gill, who was born in Oklahoma in 1957, started performing alone. The devoted Christian has increased the amount of gospel music in his performances in recent years.
Recently, he received an invitation to sing at Nashville, Tennessee’s Grand Ole Opry, a weekly country music stage show that has been running since 1925.
However, his superiors indicated he may perform as long as he avoided singing any songs about Jesus or other religions.
Gill may have followed this directive without giving in to the need to sing about his beliefs. But he took a different course of action.
He disregarded these guidelines and sang Kris Kristofferson’s stirring gospel ballad “Why Me Lord,” which was composed and released in 1972, instead.
Since then, legendary musicians like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash have sung the song.
Standing ovations followed Gill’s performance, demonstrating that the performance itself had more of an impact on the audience than the meaning of the song.