As country music fans, how many times this week have we heard or said ourselves, “Music is healing?” It’s because we believe it. And sometimes we get to see it. Cole Swindell got to see it, and he also got to feel it at one of his recent shows.
Although his hit single, “You Should Be Here,” was written from a profoundly personal place after the passing of his father, Cole is seeing the song connect with fans at his shows that have experienced their own losses.
In a new video in his “Swindell Vision” series, Cole recalled, “I had the opportunity to meet a special family that caught my attention in the middle of the show, and I was thinking about it the entire time. They had some signs. They were ‘You Should Be Here’ signs, and when I really realized what they said, and looked at who was holding it, they were kids. Their mother was behind them crying, and there was this little boy that I just saw myself in him, just thinking that, ‘Man, if I had lost my dad at that age, I don’t know what I would have done.’”
He went on to say, “I’ll never forget them asking me for advice. I don’t know if you can give someone advice for losing a parent like that, but I let them know I would be praying for them, thinking about them … It’s one of those moments that lets you know why you do what you do.”
He also added a message directly to those affected by the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1, saying, “Prayers with y’all, I love you and we’ll see you back on the road soon.”
Cole unexpectedly lost his father in 2013 not long after signing his record deal. He co-wrote “You Should Be Here” in his dad’s honor with hit songwriter Ashley Gorley.