George Jones is an icon in country music. Born in 1931, Jones lived to the age of 82 before passing away in 2013. Even in death, however, he still remains a huge influence in every music genre. Remembered as one of the greatest country singers ever, Jones performed more than just country music. With over 100 singles to his credit, some of the best music Jones ever performed was gospel music.
George Jones came on the music scene in 1959. Not only did he perform, but he also wrote and co-wrote many of his own songs. In 1967, Jones underwent treatment for binge drinking and the use of amphetamines. Despite receiving treatment, he continued to drink. One time he was so desperate for a drink, that he rode a lawn mower 8 miles to buy liquor. His alcoholism eventually led to cocaine use.
Despite his troubled past, Jones eventually turned back to his Christian roots following a long recovery from a serious car accident and the case of pneumonia that followed. In 1973, he had sung gospel songs with Johnny Cash, but it wasn’t until 2003 that he had an epiphany and put together one of the most amazing collections of gospel music ever. Jones sings each song with true emotion as though he is finally at peace after all he has been through.
Check out the video below and take a listen to George Jones singing one of the most wonderful hymns of all time, “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.”