We’ve seen the hashtag repeatedly on social media since Hurricane Harvey demolished portions of southeastern Texas—#MusicHeals. With a devastating loss of property and lives, recording artists have gently reminded us all of the therapeutic power of music when it comes to the emotional aspect of the tragedy. Now, Alan Jackson has used his voice in the best way he can to offer some words of healing, sharing a message of hope for these difficult times
In a video just recently shared on Alan’s YouTube channel of an earlier performance, the iconic country star delivers a gentle and soothing version of the great hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”
Alan recorded the traditional Sunday morning song for his first gospel album, “Precious Memories,” released in 2006. The entire collection (which spawned a popular follow-up) was initially recorded for his mother, “Mama Ruth,” as a gift, but was later made available to the public and became one of his best-selling albums.
The country music superstar then performed the album live at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and released it on DVD in 2009. That’s where the video above was shot.
With so many shattered homes and hearts in Texas, and the possibility of more with the onset of Hurricane Irma, in addition to the current political dissension in the United States, Alan’s hymn is almost anthemic for those seeking a glimmer of hope.