Watch Craig Morgan’s Heart-Wrenching Song for His Late Son at the Opry
The 55-year-old singer took the stage of the country music institution to perform a stunningly powerful song titled "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost" that he wrote in honor of Jerry, who died in a tubing accident in July of 2016 at the age of 19.
Click on the video above to watch Morgan's powerful performance. He wrote the song about the void that's been in his family's life after losing Jerry, and how his faith has helped him to get through those tough times.
Morgan seems on the verge of tears throughout the emotionally shattering performance, singing with his eyes tightly closed much of the time. He delivers the lyrics in a powerful soaring tenor that few male country singers could emulate, but his signature tone is tinged with just a bit more grit and sorrow than in years past. Morgan sings the deeply personal song in a way that only someone who has truly experienced the pain of that loss ever could, and it connects on a profound level with his audience, who reward his performance with a massive ovation at the end.
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Morgan's Opry performance may have played a pivotal role in his decision to release the song as his first single in three years. In a recent appearance on Fox & Friends' All-American Concert Series, he told the hosts that it was "very tough to write. It's tough to perform. In fact, it wasn't my choice to do this. It just happened. I had a very dear friend tell me, 'You must sing this song.' An Opry member told me that."
The song's lyrics state, "I know my boy ain't here, but he ain't gone."
"He might not physically be here, but his presence is felt," Morgan says, pointing to Jerry's family and friends and the scholarship established in his name.
"And he gives me little signs all the time," he adds. "His [sports] number was 13, and literally, here a while back, I got out of the truck and there was 13 cents laying on the ground at my door. That's a Biblical thing, and I feel it."
Morgan hopes the song is an encouragement to anyone who is going through difficult times to not abandon their own faith.
"I hope that through this song, I can encourage other people to stick with their faith and make it work," he states.
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