Hank Williams may have been gone for a long time, but he has left us with a beautiful and inspiring song. His famous country gospel song “I Saw the Light” was covered countless times by different artists not only in the genre of country music. There are even artists from soul or pop music that made a cover of Williams’ song.
Grand Ole Opry Performance of Josh Turner
One particular artist that caught our attention was Josh Turner. His performance of “I Saw the Light” at the Grand Ole Opry last November was breathtaking. He added more instruments to his rendition, and he performed with country and gospel singer Sonya Isaacs. In the live performance, Isaac provided back vocals for Turner, and it was indeed a great combination.
“I Saw the Light” Rendition
Before his performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Turner has already released his gospel album I Serve a Saviour. Included in this latest album is his cover of Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” featuring Sonya Isaac. Other songs he included in his album were “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” and a live version of his famous “Long Black Train.”
Album Chart Performance
Turner never released one song from his album as a single. Therefore, none entered the Billboard chart. However, his album scored a spot on the chart. It has reached number two on both the Billboard Top Country and Christian Albums chart. In addition, I Serve a Savior placed at number forty-one on the Billboard 200.
He also released a live performance of “I Saw the Light” without Sonya Isaacs. Turner performed it at the Gaither Studio last October.
Hank Williams’ Inspiration
“I Saw the Light” was penned by Williams in 1947. His mother picked him, and drive him to Montgomery. When they were near the city, Hank’s mother woke him up and said,
“I just saw the light.”
This became his inspiration when he wrote one of his signature songs.
What do you think of Josh Turner’s rendition? Did you enjoy his performance?
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