A Short Background About Bradley Walker
A singer who has won a loyal audience and the respect of his peers despite long odds, Bradley Walker has a strong, rich voice that’s a perfect match for classic-style country and bluegrass, as well as gospel. What sets Walker apart from most other rising stars in Nashville is his talent and his wheelchair. He was born with muscular dystrophy and is unable to walk, but Walker has refused to allow this handicap to keep him from pursuing his dreams in his life or his art.
Born in 1978 and raised in Athens, Alabama, Walker’s parents shared a love of music and his mother worked in a music store before he was born. Walker started singing when he was only three years old, and he grew up on a steady musical diet of vintage country, bluegrass, and gospel. Walker started singing in talent competitions at the age of seven, and when he was 11, he appeared on the TV series Nashville Now, singing with the Oak Ridge Boys. A year later, when the Oak Ridge Boys sang on Jerry Lewis’ annual fundraising telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, they brought Walker along to perform with them.
Walker continued to perform as often as his schedule allowed, and he struck up a friendship with Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, better known as the husband-and-wife bluegrass duo Joey + Rory. Walker performed on a number of occasions with the Feeks, and when Joey succumbed to cancer in 2015, she requested that Walker sing “Leave It There” at her funeral.
Walker’s Version of the “Old Rugged Cross”
In 2017, Walker performed one of the most popularly covered and recorded gospel tunes of all time, “Old Rugged Cross“. In the video, Walker is seen enjoying his performance. With all the instruments in place and as the music comes in, he sings with joy and a pure heart. You can see him that he is happy and contented in life despite his condition. He performs greatly that he steals the hearts of those watching him. This only proves that one’s disability does not hinder one from sharing his/her talent. With this performance, Walker shows that God moves in ways we cannot see.
Watch Bradley Walker in his emotional performance of the gospel classic “Old Rugged Cross” below:
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