Country music star Brantley Gilbert has paid tribute to two brave men and their legacies with a performance of “One Hell of an Amen,” a powerful song that touches on each of their personal battles.
Last December, Gilbert performed the song for a small group of veterans and their families at an event put together by Polaris Industries. Before singing the song, which Gilbert co-wrote, he explained a little bit behind its meaning.
One verse of the song was for a man named Jonathon Lootens, who was killed in Iraq in 2006.
“My support for the military, I don’t want you to think it’s from the sympathetic stance, it’s not,” the singer said. “It’s more respect … I have more respect for you all than you’ll know. I appreciate what you did, and what you continue to do.
“It was amazing to see how much that sacrifice meant. Not just paying the ultimate price, but just making the sacrifice to go,” Gilbert told the small gathering.
The second verse was about a close friend, Kory Potts, who lost his battle with with leukemia but never gave up fighting.
Take a look at the emotional tribute below:
In a news release put out by Polaris, “The Devil Don’t Sleep” singer said it was a “pleasure” to share the day with those who have given up so much for our country, and by the looks on their faces, they enjoyed the experience as well.
In an interview with KMLE, Gilbert said both of the men in the song personally changed his life. He added that the song wasn’t meant to be sad but rather an opportunity to look at death with “a little bit of pride” and because of his belief in Jesus, goodbye is not goodbye, it’s “just goodbye for now.”
You can see a portion of that interview here:
What an incredible testimony and inspiring message. It’s easy to see why this song made it to number one on the U.S. Country Airplay chart when it was released in 2014.
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