The 58-year old country music superstar performed a powerful acapella rendition of “Amazing Grace” during the 2021 Presidential Inauguration.
Garth asked the audience to join him in singing the song’s final lines. “I’m going to ask you to sing this verse with me,” he said. “Not only the people here but the people at home, those at work. As one, united.”
The message echoed his statement earlier this week when he announced he had been booked for the performance.
“In our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Garth said during a virtual press conference. “This is kind of how I get to serve this country.”
“I’ve played for every president there is, since Carter, with the exception of Reagan. This is an honor for me to get to serve,” he added. “And it’s one of the things that, if my family is around, no matter who the president-elect is, it’s an honor to be asked.”
Garth had been asked to play at Donald Trump’s inauguration in 2017, but declined due to a prescheduled tour date.