The country world was devastated earlier this April by the passing of George Jones. Countless artists paid their respects to the 81-year-old country legend, with Randy Travis and Joe Nichols even releasing a tribute single. Now, more music from Jones himself will surface.
On September 10, two days before what would have been his 82nd birthday, Bandit Records will release George Jones – Amazing Grace. Jones recorded all the gospel songs on the album in 2002 with producer Billy Sherrill with the exception of “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994. “Great Judgment Morning” includes vocals by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith.
The Sherrill-produced songs were the final sessions between Jones and Sherrill. Jones coaxed Sherrill out of retirement to assist in his Gospel Collection.
Amazing Grace was already planned for release before Jones’ death in April. According to a press release, Jones was “reverential in his approach to singing sacred songs and didn’t believe vocal theatrics should be involved.”
The Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member and Kennedy Center Honoree is a legend in the country community. His hits span over half a century and have been covered by countless country artists.
Jones got his start in Texas playing on the streets of Beaumont as a teenager. After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps he returned to his home state and began recording music. His 1955 hit “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single which would be followed by more than 160 charting singles. To date, Jones has more charted singles than any other artist in any genre of music.
- Annie Reuter, Radio.com