Vince Gill Returns With Threaten Me With Heaven

08/30/2011
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Vince Gill returns with "Threaten Me With Heaven," the debut single from Guitar Slinger, his first new album in five years, which is set for release on Oct. 24.

Vince wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, including "Threaten Me With Heaven," which he created with his wife Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and Will Owsley, who died last year.

"'Threaten Me With Heaven' is a song that I was fortunate to get to be a part of," he says. "My wife Amy, Dillon O'Brian and Will Owsley were at our home working on that song. I think I had been playing golf or something. I walked into the house and they said, 'Hey, we're kind of stuck.' I'm glad I came home because I got to sit down and help finish a great idea.

"Since I recorded it, my friend Will, who played guitar and sang on it, took his own life, so the song has a really profound impact on me now. The message of the song and what it is saying, I will probably always think of my guitar-playing buddy."

The song is about a man of faith who receives bad news about his health. The song says, "What's the worst thing that could happen if they say my time is through/ Can they take away the love or the years I've shared with you/ What's the worst thing that could happen, what's the worst that they can do/ Threaten me with heaven, that's all they can do."

Audience members have been moved to tears while hearing Vince perform "Threaten Me With Heaven" for the first time.

"It's a powerful song and a powerful message," he says. "I think someone who is struggling will find a lot of good comfort. It makes people feel better.

"I like to write things about real life, about things that really do happen and matter and mean something. I'm striving to try to record and write songs that reach people. That is what you are always trying to do, to communicate with somebody. That is why I learned to do this in the first place, because I loved it and I loved the fact that somebody responded to it."

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