Vince Gill Offers First Music In Four Years

Vince Gill’s first radio single in four years goes for adds on Aug. 29. “Threaten Me With Heaven” is the lead track from his latest album, Guitar Slinger, due Oct. 25 on MCA Nashville.

The Country Music Hall of Fame inductee co-wrote “…Heaven” with wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and Will Owsley. “Since the song was recorded, my friend Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now,” explains Gill. “In my lifetime, ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’ has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It’s a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it’s the crown jewel of the new record.”

Other tracks include “True Love,” which features Grant and her daughter, Sarah Chapman, on vocals. Daughters Jenny Gill and Corinna Gill, also make guest appearances.

Among the songwriters with credits on the upcoming project are Leslie Satcher, who penned “Bread and Water” with Gill.

For the first time, Gill recorded his new project in his home studio, which he says gave it a special warmth. “I don’t know what it is, but it’s so different than most studios in that there are windows all the way around the room. You look out and see trees,” says Gill. “There’s such a great spirit running around in the house. All the musicians have raved about the vibe.”

Guitar Slinger is the follow-up to Gill’s critically acclaimed, Grammy winning four-CD box set, These Days.

He will perform tomorrow night (8/23) at the Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse in Nashville. Proceeds benefit two-year-old Lyric Alana Frizzell, who has a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia. The Roys will also take the stage.


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