As one of the most legendary figures in country music history, Keith Whitley's legacy continues to live on through the voices of those who perform his songs.
One such person is country newcomer Andrew Pope, who decided to sit down with his acoustic guitar to perform a stripped-down cover of one of Whitley's iconic songs.
Born in Geraldine, Alabama, Pope has experienced great success as a country songwriter, and has helped pen songs with other country greats, including Larry Gatlin and David Bellamy. He also wrote 10 of the 12 songs included on his debut album, Here We Go, which was released in November 2012. He released his current single "Stormchaser" in January 2016 and has plans to work on and release a second album in the near future.
In the meantime, Pope decided to pay tribute to Whitley by performing his hit song, "Don't Close Your Eyes." Released in 1988, "Don't Close Your Eyes," claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and was also named the top country song of the year by Billboard.
Whitley's original version of the song doesn't include many instrumentals, but Pope takes his cover one step further by completely stripping it down. Pope simply strums along on his acoustic guitar as he sings, giving the performance a truly intimate feeling.
Pope performs the song with a gentle softness, yet his voice contains great power through the emotion he places on certain parts. The result is an enchanting version of Whitley's famous song that you'll find yourself listening to on repeat.
You can watch Pope perform "Don't Close Your Eyes" in the video below.
With a voice like that, we'd say Pope is going places in country music! You can check out his Facebook page here.
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