Cole Swindell’s “You Should Be Here” has been heard by more than a billion people since he released it nearly a year ago. He wrote the song after unexpectedly losing his father a few years back, and it’s had a huge impact on country fans around the world. That’s why it meant so much for him to perform “You Should Be Here” on country music’s greatest stage — the Grand Ole Opry.
He tells Rare Country, “If there’s any song that I’ve had that deserved to be played at the Opry or that I would have ever wanted to play at the Opry or that my dad would have wanted to hear me play at the Opry, it would have to be that song, I think.”
As he played “You Should Be Here” on the Opry stage, Cole was thinking of his dad. He was also thinking of all the fans who have told him how that song has made a big difference in their lives.
“It’s for the people that have heard it that have shared their stories with me,” Cole tells us. “That’s what makes it special to me knowing that I had a hand in writing something that has helped people through a tough time just like a lot of us have been through. That’s one of the things, thinking back about this year, I’m reminded how honored I am to get to play that song on a stage like that.”
No matter how many times Cole has played the Grand Ole Opry, he still feels a sense of awe every time he walks around backstage. All of his country heroes, like Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire, have played there over the years.
“They all dreamed of playing there just like I did,” Cole says.
If this Opry moment with Cole has touched your heart, you can vote for it in this year’s inaugural Rare Country Awards. He’s nominated for Grand Ole Opry Moment of the Year along with Carrie Underwood, RaeLynn, Toby Keith and Scotty McCreery.
If you think Cole’s “You Should Be Here” moment deserves to win, be sure to vote! Head on over to RareCountryAwards.com today! Winners will be announced on Dec. 15.