August 29

Ben Haggard: Meant to fill his Father’s Boots in Music and in Faith

Ben Haggard: Meant to fill his Father’s Boots in Music and in Faith 1
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Son Ben Haggard has kept Country Singer Merle Haggard memories alive through his YouTube channel where he had a handful of personal gigs uploaded. One notable piece is his rendition of the renowned hymn, Where No One Stands Alone. Seated with only a guitar, each of his performance was unmistakably Country in its purest forms.

Where No one Stands Alone – Ben Haggard

Though the youngest among Merle’s children, Ben’s bearing, and voice do not stray far from the legend.

Merle Haggard’s sure blessed to have Ben as his son. And if we’re to ask him if he’d agree that Ben is so much like him, he probably would tell us the same thing he told CNN back in 2012 about Ben:

“He is much wiser than his father.”
source: CNN.com/Entertainment

Bits About the Hymn

Where No One Stands Alone finds its roots back in the 50s. Hymn writer Thomas Mosie Lister centers on the futility of life without Jesus as his theme in the song. Lister was an inductee in both the Gospel Music Hall of Fame (1976) and Southern Gospel Music Association (1997).

The first commercial recording was released by the Statesmen Quartet in 1955. Other Southern Gospel singers followed suit including Blackwood Bros. Quartet (1956), The Jordanaires (1959), and the Cathedral Quartet (1966).

Mainstream country singers were also fond of the hymn and had it included in their albums. Among them were Don Gibson (1958), Loretta Lynn (1965), Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires and The Imperials Quartet (1967), Ferlin Husky (1968), Merle Haggard (1981), and Alison Krauss and The Cox Family (1994).

“It’s almost embarrassing to know that the Lord cares that much for me, but I’m going to shout it to the world.”

– Merle Haggard ,2012 source: burkedaniel.com

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