Five Musical Tributes That Prove Kenny Rogers’ Legacy Will Live On

With a catalog that includes 20 No.1 hits and a celebrated career that boasts over 50 million album sales in…


Lauren Jo Black

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March 21, 2020


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With a catalog that includes 20 No.1 hits and a celebrated career that boasts over 50 million album sales in the United States alone, Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers impacted the lives and careers of so many.

Rogers passed away peacefully at the age of 81 at his home on Friday (March 20). As the news of Rogers’ death made its way around the country music community, many stars took to social media to share their love for “The Gambler” and explain what he meant to them.

“I was sad this morning to wake up and know that he’s not with us any longer,” Jake Owen shared of Rogers in a video posted to Instagram. “Man, the legacy he left is something we could strive toward, as far as musicians.”

A few artists, including Owen, even shared musical tributes to Roger, proving that his legacy will continue to live on through his music.

Here are five Kenny Rogers tributes to keep his music alive.

Jake Owen: “She Believes In Me”

 Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans: “Islands In The Stream”

 Brad Paisley: “Sweet Music Man”

Randy Houser: “The Gambler”

Travis Tritt: “Sweet Music Man”

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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 and her work being featured on 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.