The Love of God by Kenny Rogers

Since his rise during the 1960s, Kenny Rogers has had pop success with The First Edition, notched the country perennials “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” dabbled in acting, recorded with Michael Jackson (“We Are the World”) and partnered with Dolly Parton on the hugely successful duet “Islands in the Stream.” Is there anything Kenny hasn’t done?

Well, he’s never released an all-gospel album . . . until now.

On his first inspirational release, recorded for Cracker Barrel, Kenny applies his soothing vocals to classics including “Amazing Grace” and “I’ll Fly Away” (featuring The Whites). He nods to country’s gospel roots with a blues-tinged version of the Grand Ole Opry’s unofficial theme song, “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” and offers a soulful take on the Vince Gill-penned “The Rock of Your Love,” with a vocal as warming as the Barrel’s own home-style cooking.

He also tackles some favorites from the contemporary Christian field, including Michael W. Smith’s “Grace” and Christian country trio Point of Grace’s “Circle of Friends,” with harmonies courtesy of the ladies themselves.

Not unlike the subject of its title, the wide-ranging collection The Love of God turns no one away.

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