Craig Morgan’s New Song Came To Him In His Sleep
Craig Morgan is touching the hearts of millions with his new single, “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost.”…
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Craig Morgan is touching the hearts of millions with his new single, “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost.”
A tribute to his late son, Jerry, who tragically lost his life in a tubing accident in the summer of 2016, the faith-filled song details life after losing a loved one. It is honest and real and comes from a very personal place.
Morgan, who solely wrote and produced the song, recently opened up about writing it in an interview with Rolling Stone. The Tennessee native shared that the title came to him earlier this year while he was sleeping.
“It woke me up at 3:30 in the morning. I was saying that whole chorus in my head and I sat up and had tears in my eyes. I laid my head back down and thought, ‘Man, there is no way I’m going to remember this. So I need to get up and write it down,’” Morgan told the publication. With his wife, Karen, still asleep, Morgan got up and spent the next four hours putting his thoughts down on paper.
“I just cried and wrote and cried and wrote,” he explained. “To this day, having done this for 20 years, I don’t see myself as that guy. But it all started pouring out.”
Due to the extremely personal nature of the song, Morgan initially only intended for “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” to be heard by his family. Everything changed when he played it for his band, who encouraged him to perform it live. He took their advice and debuted it during a show in Colorado.
He later performed it during an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where he left the stage in tears unsure whether or not he could bring himself to perform it live ever agian.
“Ricky Skaggs was standing there and he put his hands on my shoulders and looked me dead in my eyes and said, ‘You have to sing that song. The world needs to hear it,’” Morgan recalled.
After releasing a studio version of “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” to digital retailers, it took on a life of its own thanks to social media. Morgan’s longtime friend and fellow Grand Ole Opry member, Blake Shelton, championed the song to his followers, encouraging everyone to purchase it on iTunes. Other celebrities, including Kelly Clarkson, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwen Stefani, got in on the action as well and ultimately helped bring “The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost” to No. 1 on iTunes All Genres Top Songs chart and the Top Country Songs chart.
Craig Morgan has now reunited with BBR Music Group’s flagship label Broken Bow Records to bring the heartwrenching song to country radio.
While the song’s success means a lot to Morgan, he admitted the best part of it all is knowing how it’s helping others.
“But I see the messages from all the families, and people who have lost children, who talk about how this song has reignited their faith and their love for humanity. That’s a powerful thing.”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.