Veteran country music icon Kenny Rogers has passed away on Friday at 10:25PM. He was 81 years-old. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me," and "Through the Years" are just a handful of Kenny Rogers' songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike.
Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the "Favorite Singer of All Time" in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
Rogers' last album release was The Love Of God (Deluxe Edition) which includes the previously unreleased song "The Gospel Truth" - the first-ever studio recording by Kenny Rogers and The Oak Ridge Boys. This was the first release of a studio recording by Rogers in over four years.
The Love Of God (Deluxe Edition), released on Rogers' John 3:16 Records, is a special inspirational collection of songs from one of music's enduring, legendary voices, showcasing songs that have touched him musically through the years, dating back to childhood. These are the only classic hymns, gospel, and contemporary Christian songs ever recorded by the American music icon and Country Music Hall of Fame Member. This is the first time the album has been available with the previously unreleased track featuring The Oak Ridge Boys, who have also been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (by none other than Rogers).
Special guest artists collaborating with Rogers on The Love Of God (Deluxe Edition) in addition to The Oak Ridge Boys include Point of Grace, The Whites, and Winfield's Locket. Songs written by GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriters Rogers ("The Gospel Truth with long-time bandmates Warren Hartman and Steve Glassmeyer), Vince Gill ("The Rock Of Your Love"), Michael McDonald ("Peace") and Michael W. Smith ("Grace") are also featured, along with Rogers' takes on classics such as "I'll Fly Away," "In The Sweet By And By," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken," "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," "Amazing Grace," and others. The project was produced in Nashville by GRAMMY-winning producer Kyle Lehning and Warren Hartman.
The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny's life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.