Kenny Rogers’ Final Song Was A Gospel Collaboration With The Oak Ridge Boys
(Left) The Oak Ridge Boys / Facebook/(Right) Kenny Rogers / Facebook
When Kenny Rogers retired in 2017, fans assumed they would hear little, if anything, from the legendary singer in the years that followed. So when Rogers announced on October 23, 2019 that he was releasing a new song, fans were quite surprised.
The song, titled “The Gospel Truth,” was co-written by Rogers and was his first new release in four years. CMT reports the song was originally meant to be included on his 2011 album, The Love of God, but didn’t make the cut.
Now, the previously unheard song appears on Rogers’ deluxe edition of The Love of God, which was released on all digital platforms on October 25.
Since Rogers passed away on March 20, 2020, the deluxe edition of The Love of God was the final album released in his lifetime. Therefore, the “The Gospel Truth” was the last song he released before he died.
Rogers’ The Love of God contains hymns and faith-based songs that influenced him throughout his life. It features several collaborative tracks, with contributions coming from artists such as Point of Grace and The Whites.
The deluxe edition of the album includes a new collaborative piece…the previously unreleased “The Gospel Truth.” Rogers’ longtime friends The Oak Ridge Boys offered their voices to the track.
Even though they had been friends for years, “The Gospel Truth” was the first studio recording Rogers and The Oaks ever recorded together.
“Nobody does it like The Oaks and nobody does it better,” Rogers wrote in a post on Facebook. “Having this song we recorded together is special to me..our history, our friendships run deep!“
The song features Rogers on the verses, while The Oaks bring their signature harmonies to the chorus. It has a bit of a funk-like vibe to it, and is sure to have you grooving along in your seat within seconds.
Go ahead and listen to Rogers and The Oaks spread “The Gospel Truth” by tuning in to the clip below. We’re so glad this song was finally released after being hidden for eight years!