Throughout the CMT Giants special, which was recorded on Monday (Sept. 12) at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Carrie Underwood paid tribute to Vince Gill by giving a powerful performance of one of Gill’s well-known songs.
The country superstar sang a cover of Vince Gill’s most well-known song, “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” which can be found on his sixth studio album, When Love Finds You, and was accompanied by a choir of Belmont University students. After its 1985 release, the song went on to win Gill two GRAMMY Awards.
Gill sat in the star-studded audience and watched as Underwood displayed her powerful vocals while donning an aquamarine dress adorned with gold stars.
Gill, a fellow Oklahoman and one of Underwood’s biggest influences, was lauded by the singer before the performance.
Before the show started, Underwood posted a video on social media of her and her husband Mike Fisher singing the song “I Still Believe In You” to their infant son Jake.
Here’s a flashback to one of my favorite baby Jake moments in honor of @vincegillofficial’s special night, Underwood captioned the video.
Underwood shared a photo from the event with Gill and wrote, “Honored to have been a part of this show paying tribute to the GIANT that is @vincegillofficial! ” after her tribute performance on Friday night.
The CMT Giants: Vince Gill series debuted on September 16 at 9 p.m. and 8 c. Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Cody Johnson, Luke Combs, Maren Morris, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sting, Wendy Moten, and Gill himself all performed during the two-hour show.
Corrina Grant Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jenny Gill, Keith Urban, Keb’ Mo’, Reba McEntire, Rodney Crowell, and Sheryl Crow were among the other presenters.
The program will feature old performance and interview clips in addition to a brand-new in-depth interview with Gill where he discusses his career, his musical influences, and what’s coming up for him.
The program will have a follow-up airing on Sunday, September 18, at 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Dolly Parton, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Combs, Rascal Flatts, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Wynonna, to name a few, have all appeared on CMT Giants since its debut in 2006.
I Still Believe In You, Vince Gill’s debut album, recently celebrated its 30th birthday. The legendary album has five singles, including “I Still Believe In You,” “No Future In The Past,” “Tryin’ To Get Over You,” and “One More Last Chance,” four of which reached the top of the charts. “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” the fifth single, reached its highest point on the charts at No. 2. The album has received a five-time platinum certification.
The record was made available in September 1992. The following year, Gill won Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year at the 1993 CMA Awards.