Cody Johnson Honors Vince Gill With Cover Of “When I Call Your Name” For CMT Giants

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If you’re looking for a classic country heartbreaker… look no further.

Some of country’s best, including Emmylou Harris, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, Sheryl Crow and more came together to honor the great Vince Gill for the latest edition of CMT Giants.

Sharing songs, memories, and reflecting back on the legacy of a country music legend like Vince, the night featured performances from Carrie Underwood, Chris Stapleton, Luke Combs, and more.

But one of the highlights for me had to be Cody Johnson.

One of the truest examples of pure country music in the mainstream right now, CoJo took the stage to honor Vince with a cover of “When I Call Your Name.”

Co-written by Vince and Tim DuBois, it was released in 1990 as the third single and title track from Vince’s album When I Call Your Name and peaked at #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

And Cody introduced the performance with some heartfelt words about Vince’s impact on his own career:

“You dedicated your life to country music, I personally want to thank you for that because it’s given me the courage to dedicate my life to country music. 

When I think about vocalists, male vocalists in particular that I was influenced by as a young kid, I think about Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Vince Gill.”


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