GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: George Jones
On Sept. 10 Bandit Records will release George Jones — Amazing Grace, a gospel collection recorded by the late George Jones more than 10 years ago. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to Jones' recording of the gospel classic "Great Judgment Morning" featuring GRAMMY winners Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs and Travis Tritt, and GRAMMY-nominated artists Jessi Colter and Connie Smith.
Over his career, Jones rose to become one of country music's most legendary voices. He achieved No. 1 country songs across several decades, from the '50s through the '80s. Jones' hits included "She Thinks I Still Care," "The Race Is On," "A Good Year For The Roses," and a series of hits in the '70s with his then-wife Tammy Wynette, which made the couple among the biggest stars in country music at the time. Jones won two GRAMMY Awards, the first in 1980 for his now-classic hit "He Stopped Loving Her Today," which was named Best Country Vocal Performance, Male, and the second in 1999 in the same category for "Choices." He was presented with a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and two of his recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame: "He Stopped Loving Her Today" (inducted in 2007) and "She Thinks I Still Care" (inducted in 1999).
Jones survived alcohol and drug addiction and a serious car accident in 1999 to build one of the most towering legacies in country music. He died April 26 in Nashville at age 81.
Set for release two days prior to what would have been Jones' 82nd birthday, George Jones — Amazing Grace is a collection of gospel favorites — most of which were recorded during Jones' final recording sessions with GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter Billy Sherrill in 2002 — including "Great Judgment Morning," which was recorded in 1994 and produced by Brian Ahern. Released by Bandit Records, a label in which Jones was a partner, the album marks Jones' first full gospel album.