Vince Gill’s career is shifting into high gear with the release later this summer of “Threaten Me With Heaven,” his first single in four years. The song also serves as the debut track from his upcoming album, Guitar Slinger due in the fall.
The new single was co-written with Gill, his wife Amy Grant, Dillon O’Brian and Will Owsley. “Since the song was recorded, my friend Will Owsley took his own life, so the song has a profound impact on me now,” Gill laments. “In my lifetime, ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’ has been the song that helped a lot of people through their grief. I think this one will in turn hopefully do the same thing. It’s a powerful, powerful song. I feel like it’s the crown jewel of the new record.”
Guitar Slinger is the follow-up to Gill’s critically acclaimed four-CD, 43-song box set, These Days, which was certified platinum, won the 2006 Grammy for Best Country Album and received an overall Grammy Album of the Year nomination. According to the artist he didn’t have any specific thoughts or themes in mind when he began creating the songs for Guitar Slinger. “I had no expectations of what it would sound like in my home studio,” he says. “I’ve never recorded in my house before. I discovered an awful lot about how the rooms sound, and it’s a real warm record. I don’t know what it is, but it’s so different than most studios in that there are windows all the way around the room. You look out and see trees. There’s such a great spirit running around in the house. All the musicians have raved about the vibe.”
Joining Gill on the recording are Amy Grant and daughters Jenny, Sarah and Corrina. Vince Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, won 20 Grammys and 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice. He has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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