Willie Nelson and Gospel Music

Photo of Abbott Methodist Church, by Monique Claus

by: John Alexander

Willie Nelson’s love of inspirational songs dates back to his childhood in Abbott, Texas, and “Amazing Grace,” a hymn he first heard in church as a young boy. Nelson and his sister Bobbie were raised by their paternal grandparents, Alfred and Nancy Nelson, who helped instill in Nelson a love for the gospel songs they would sing together in church on Sundays.

The country music icon would return to those comforting hymns throughout his life and record over half a dozen albums of spiritual music. He would also write his inspirational songs along the way.

Nelson first found success as one of Nashville’s fi nest songwriters composing hits such as “Crazy” for Patsy Cline and “Night Life” for Ray Price…

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