Fans of Kenny Rogers will rejoice to learn that there’s a previously unreleased track on his newest reissue, The Love of God. Even better, the rousing number features his longtime friends and fellow members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Oak Ridge Boys.
It’s the first new track from the Gambler in four years. He also co-wrote the song, which was intended to be included on the original 2011 release of The Love of God, but has remained in the vault until now.
The Love of God (Deluxe Edition) is composed of inspirational songs that have touched him musically and spiritually through the years, dating back to his childhood. Additional guests include Point of Grace, The Whites, and Winfield’s Locket. The album was previously available only in Cracker Barrel stores.
In addition to classic songs and hymns, the project includes songs written by Vince Gill, Michael McDonald, and Michael W. Smith. Kyle Lehning and Warren Hartman produced the project. The deluxe edition of The Love of God will be released digitally on Friday (October 25).
“The Love of God is the culmination of an idea I had been thinking about for years but never had the opportunity to bring to life,” Rogers stated when the album was announced in 2011. “It’s been a musical awakening to me. To all of the wonderful musicians, vocalists, and songwriters who lent their amazing talents to this record, I want to thank you for making it so special. It seems I have a personal relationship with every song on it. For example, ‘In The Sweet By And By’ was my mom’s favorite song. When I was a kid, as I was leaving to go to school, I remember hearing her sing along with the radio. Music is by far the best ‘memory creator’ I know, and that memory is very special to me.”