In 2002, George Jones coaxed legendary producer Billy Sherrill out of retirement to record a collection of Gospel favorites. Eleven years later, and mere months after the legendary singer's death, "Amazing Grace" will be released on Bandit Records on Sept. 10.
The singer died April 26 after being hospitalized in Nashville with fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81.
Jones convinced Sherrill, his longtime collaborator, to record the songs back in 2002. One song on the album, "Great Judgement Morning," featuring guest vocals by Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Travis Tritt, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart and Connie Smith, was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.
"I've always said that if I could have made a living some way in gospel music, I would have loved to had that break," Jones said in 700 Club interview in the early 2000s, adding, "but it never was offered to me, a job in that field, so naturally, I got lost on that other road."
Bandit Records was established in 2000 by Jones and his widow, Nancy.