Vince Gill And Alison Krauss Sing “Whenever You Come Around”
Alison Krauss and Vince Gill deliver stirring performance of “Whenever You Come Around.”
Alison Krauss and Vince Gill’s voices blend perfectly. While this is not the only duet these two have done, this one might be our favorite. Vince Gill is shown playing a flawless intro on his guitar before Alison briefly takes the spotlight to sing the first verse of Gill’s original love ballad. Vince then joins her on the chorus to add beautiful harmony to complete the sound.
Vince Gill shares some backstory on how the song originated.
Vince Gill originally released “Whenever You Come Around” back in 1994. The song was written for a special lady, Amy Grant, who eventually became Vince’s wife. Gill revealed the inspiration behind the song when he emceed and performed at the Novo Theater in LA for the ninth annual “All for the Hall” benefit concert.
“When I met [Amy] years ago, I was just completely taken with her smile. We were doing a TV show together, and she walked in and smiled at me. I haven’t been the same since,” Vince recalled.
Vince wanted to write the song, but wanted some help so he reached out to his writing buddy, Pete Wasner. They got together and wrote what Vince describes as the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen in his whole life. Before they penned the lyrics, Gill says he told his friend, “I want to write a song about Amy Grant’s smile.” Pete reacted with, “Do you even know her?”
Although the two were barely just acquaintances at the time, the song became a hit and climbed all the way to the No. 2 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Vince later shared that he did some songwriting with Amy right after he finished writing “Whenever You Come Around.”
“She asked me to play her something that I was working on for my new record. So. I played her this song that I had written about her, and didn’t tell her,” the singer shared.“She listened to it and said, ‘Oh that’s nice. That’s really beautiful.’ Years and years and years later she said, ‘I remembered listening to that song for the first time and all I could think of was, ‘Who is the lucky girl that that song was written for?’”
This song has been covered by numerous well-known artists such as Chris Stapleton and Willie Nelson, but it is hard to beat this Alison Krauss and Vince Gill duo. Watch the performance in the video below.