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In 2012, Trace Adkins teamed up with some of country music’s greatest for a good cause.
T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Fortune, and Marty Raybon all joined Adkins for a one-of-a-kind collaboration on the gospel classic “I’m Working On a Building.” The video that the quartet shot for the song was used to help raise awareness for International Cooperating Ministries, or ICM.
ICM is a non-profit foundation that has helped build thousands of churches, orphanages, and schools around the world.
So it only seems fitting that the song Adkins and the other country greats sang to help benefit the organization was the gospel favorite, “I’m Working on a Building.”
Award-winning director Stan Moore directed the music video, which jumps between clips of the four artists singing in a studio and time-lapse footage of a church being built.
Adkins makes his first appearance a bit later in the song than everyone else. But once he jumps in there’s no mistaking his baritone voice.
Adkins was no stranger to gospel music prior to recording this collaboration. In fact, his history since gospel music stretches back even further than you might think, since he was singing it long before he was famous!
As a high school student, Adkins got some of his first singing experience as a member of a gospel music group called the New Commitments. While he has never revisited gospel music for a full-length album, he has recorded and performed a fair share of faithful songs since his school days.
One of Adkins’ most notable gospel performances is of the song, “Wayfaring Stranger.”
Knowing how devoted Adkins has been to gospel music in the past, it makes perfect sense why he was invited to join the other country stars for the “Working on a Building” collaboration. The amount of passion and soul these four gentlemen put into their performances is extraordinary.
Don’t be surprised when you watch them sing in the clip below if you start shouting “hallelujah” or “amen”!