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When someone thinks of the band Alabama, some of the first songs that come to mind are the upbeat “Mountain Music” and “Tennessee River.” But the group is also equally talented at performing gospel and religious music, such as their hit “Angels Among Us.”
During one performance in what appears to be a church, Alabama passes on singing one of their own songs in order to sing the 100-year-old hymn “The Old Rugged Cross” instead.
“The Old Rugged Cross” was written in 1912 by evangelist and song-leader George Bennard. The song became a favorite of country and gospel artists after Ernest Tubb released his version of the song on his 1952 gospel album.
Since then the song has been recorded by many notable artists, including Alan Jackson, Willie Nelson, and Loretta Lynn.
Even though Alabama’s recording of “The Old Rugged Cross” was just released on their gospel album in 2014, it is already a much-loved version of the song.
During the performance in the video below, the band sings to a small audience in a casual setting. This makes the moment even more intimate and emotional for everyone in the room.
Lead singer Randy Owen‘s eyes glisten with tears as he sings, making it clear that his whole heart is involved in his performance.
The crowd gives the band a warm round of applause at the conclusion of their performance, with Owen turning around and applauding the rest of the group himself.
Alabama’s stunning performance of “The Old Rugged Cross” is one that is sure to help cement their already-legendary status in music history.
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