Blending unmatched musicianship and creativity with a deep-rooted sense of tradition, Vince Gill has earned a reputation as one of the kindest personalities in country music. He stands among the most acclaimed artists in the genre’s history and holds the distinction of being one of the youngest to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, in addition to being a member of the iconic Grand Ole Opry. Having a career that has spanned decades, he undeniably holds a remarkable list of accomplishments. But, you might be surprised to learn that he also wrote these four popular tracks for other artists. Discover them below:
1. “Jenny Dreamed of Trains,” Mary Chapin Carpenter
“Jenny Dreamed of Trains,” composed by Vince Gill and Guy Clark, saw its initial recording by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1992 for Disney’s Country Music for Kids. Originally written as a heartfelt tribute to Gill’s daughter, Jenny, it eventually found its way into Gill’s own album, High Lonesome Sound, in 1996.
2. “You Just Get One,” Ty Herndon
“You Just Get One,” from Ty Herndon’s debut album, was written by Vince Gill in collaboration with his long-time friend and collaborator, Don Schlitz. The song beautifully draws a comparison between the abundance of certain aspects in life, such as pleasant days, loyal friends, and timeless songs, to the rarity of discovering your one true love, as emphasized in the chorus by Herndon—emphasizing that true love is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
3. “The River’s Gonna Keep on Rolling,” Amy Grant
“The River’s Gonna Keep on Rolling,” serves as a continuation of the hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.” In sync with its theme, the song centers on embracing contentment with one’s life circumstances. Gill’s wife, Amy Grant’s rendition of this track, featuring the inclusion of the hymn at the beginning, earned her the prestigious Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year in 2003.
4. “Misery Train,” Pure Prairie League
Vince Gill’s journey into the spotlight began alongside the country rock band Pure Prairie League. In 1979, he played for their album Can’t Hold Back. One of his notable contributions to the group was the song “Misery Train,” which narrates the tale of a wandering soul seeking escape from relationship woes by boarding a train.
To celebrate the new album, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin will be playing live at the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday, August 3rd. Get your tickets HERE! Better yet, the first 300 ticket holders of the August 3rd Opry show to purchase Vince Gill & Paul Franklin’s Sweet Memories album in the Opry Shop that day get access to an exclusive Q&A with Vince Gill and Paul Franklin with Bill Cody moderating directly following the show in Opry’s Studio A.
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