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Brantley Gilbert Opens Up About The Emotional Story Behind 'One Hell Of An Amen'

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Brantley Gilbert's "One Hell of An Amen" is so much more to him than just a song. 

"One Hell of An Amen" was released by Gilbert in 2014 off of his album Just As I Am. The song became Gilbert's fourth #1 hit, something that really touched him, considering his very personal connection to the song. 

It has been well-known that Gilbert was partially inspired to write "One Hell of An Amen" after his best friend Josh lost his friend Jon Lootens in the war overseas. But in a recently released interview, Gilbert goes into even more detail about where he got the inspiration for the song:

"I never had the opportunity to meet Jon, I never knew who he was. All I knew is that my best friend would come home and talk about this dude all the time...I do wish with my whole heart that I could have met him." 

 

Gilbert's friend Josh, who fought overseas with Jon, tried to make Jon stay behind on the day he was killed. But Jon didn't listen, and as a result, Josh witnessed everything that happened to his dear friend. 

Gilbert said that for years after returning from the war, Josh just wasn't the same person. He had struggled with substance abuse and mental issues, and just couldn't seem to find peace.

But one day, Gilbert made it possible for Josh to meet Jon's mother, which ended up being a very beneficial experience for all involved. Josh was able to comfort Jon's mother by letting her know that Jon had not died alone...he had been by his side the entire time. 

Gilbert was also inspired to write "One Hell of An Amen" after an old acquaintance passed away from leukemia. His name was Kory Potts, and his family owns the Potts Farm, which has become famous among Gilbert's fans. 

The Potts family had been a part of Gilbert's life for years, so it makes sense why he felt compelled to honor Kory along with Jon in "One Hell of An Amen." Gilbert said that one day he stopped and had a two-hour talk with Kory's mother, who expressed her gratitude to Gilbert for writing the song.

Brantley said that Kory's mother told him, "You know what Brantley, one of the main things that I'll have nightmares about and worry about the most is that Kory would have been forgotten. And now that you guys wrote this song and released it, I know that he won't be."

Gilbert wants to make sure that although the song is inspired by the death of a soldier and someone who had fought cancer, that it can truly apply to anyone who has to put up a fight in life:

"When people go to bat and they fight what I call 'the good fight,' you may be fighting cancer, you may be fighting a war overseas, you may be fighting demons inside your own chest. When you go, and you fight the good fight, you learn, you may win, you may lose, but it's all about the fight." 

At the end of the interview, Gilbert gets emotional as he speaks about how much the song means to him. Although we don't actually see Gilbert being interviewed, you can hear the emotion in his voice as he thanks Jon's family, who was in attendance at the interview.

"I love an underdog story, and this song was an underdog from the word go. And we watched it work, we watched God work...the greatest gift we can ever give is the gift we had in your son [Jon] and in Kory Potts, that led to a song like this that changed and affected so many people."

"One Hell of An Amen" is a song that has earned a great deal of respect in country music, and now that Gilbert revealed more of its story, it has proven to be worthy of such respect, and more.

LYRICS BELOW

Preacher said he died too young
Over there totin' that gun
For Uncle Sam and our freedom
Mom and Daddy dressed in black
They folded up that flag
Handed it to dad
Started prayin'
Yeah he went out 21 guns blazin'

An' that's One Hell of an Amen
That's the only way to go
Fightin' the good fight
Til the Good Lord calls you home
And so be well my friend
Til' I see you again
This is our last goodbye
But it's a Hell of an Amen, Amen

Doctor said he ain't got long
He just smiled said bring it on
If you think I'm scared
You got me all wrong
A little cancer can't break me
My heart's right and I believe
We all hit our knees
Started prayin'
Naw he never gave up
Said the Good Lord's waitin'

An' that's One Hell of an Amen
That's the only way to go
Fightin' the good fight
Til the Good Lord calls you home
So be well my friend
Til' I see you again
Yeah this is our last goodbye
But it's a Hell of an Amen

So be well my friend
Til' I see you again
This is our last goodbye
But it's a Hell of an Amen

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