LAWD have mercy.
I could listen to Chris Stapleton sing the phone book and never get tired of it.
And he recently delivered an incredible, soulful cover of Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around” as part of the CMT Giants: Vince Gill special honoring Vince.
Chris opened up the performance by speaking about how much Vince has meant to him throughout his career, noting how many times Vince has reached out and done whatever he could to help Chris and encourage him to stay the course and pursue music:
“I don’t usually talk, but they asked me if I wanted to talk, and I said, ‘Yeah I wanna talk, for just a minute.’ You talked earlier in the segment about having the courage to start writing songs, and courage to, you know, be an artist and all those kinds of things.
But I think the greatest impact that you’ve had on me, besides the obvious things of your music, you know… I moved here wanting to be you, is you’ve had the courage to encourage me. And you’ve always had time to come watch me play, or invite me on a songwriter round when I had no business being in it.
And It really has made a difference. It’s made a difference for me to get to do that, and I really do appreciate that. And I love you, from the bottom of my heart.”
Well dang, let me go grab a tissue now…
“Whenever You Come Around” was written by Gill and Pete Wasner, it was released as the lead single to his 1994 When Love Finds You album, and peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs later that year.
And as Vince looked on at Chris from the balcony during his performance, I think it’s safe to say that Chris certainly did him justice with this rendition.
I got chills listening to this… do yourself a favor and check it out:
“Whenever You Come Around”