Craig Morgan is touching the hearts of millions with his new single, “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost.”
A tribute to his late son, Jerry, who tragically lost his life in a tubing accident in the summer of 2016, the faith-filled song details life after losing a loved one. It is honest and real and comes from a very personal place.
Morgan, who solely wrote and produced the song, recently opened up about writing it in an interview with Rolling Stone. The Tennessee native shared that the title came to him earlier this year while he was sleeping.
“It woke me up at 3:30 in the morning. I was saying that whole chorus in my head and I sat up and had tears in my eyes. I laid my head back down and thought, ‘Man, there is no way I’m going to remember this. So I need to get up and write it down,’” Morgan told the publication. With his wife, Karen, still asleep, Morgan got up and spent the next four hours putting his thoughts down on paper.
“I just cried and wrote and cried and wrote,” he explained. “To this day, having done this for 20 years, I don’t see myself as that guy. But it all started pouring out.”
Due to the extremely personal nature of the song, Morgan initially only intended for “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” to be heard by his family. Everything changed when he played it for his band, who encouraged him to perform it live. He took their advice and debuted it during a show in Colorado.
He later performed it during an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, where he left the stage in tears unsure whether or not he could bring himself to perform it live ever agian.
“Ricky Skaggs was standing there and he put his hands on my shoulders and looked me dead in my eyes and said, ‘You have to sing that song. The world needs to hear it,’” Morgan recalled.
After releasing a studio version of “The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost” to digital retailers, it took on a life of its own thanks to social media. Morgan’s longtime friend and fellow Grand Ole Opry member, Blake Shelton, championed the song to his followers, encouraging everyone to purchase it on iTunes. Other celebrities, including Kelly Clarkson, Ellen DeGeneres and Gwen Stefani, got in on the action as well and ultimately helped bring “The Father, My Son, And The Holy Ghost” to No. 1 on iTunes All Genres Top Songs chart and the Top Country Songs chart.
Craig Morgan has now reunited with BBR Music Group’s flagship label Broken Bow Records to bring the heartwrenching song to country radio.
While the song’s success means a lot to Morgan, he admitted the best part of it all is knowing how it’s helping others.
“But I see the messages from all the families, and people who have lost children, who talk about how this song has reignited their faith and their love for humanity. That’s a powerful thing.”