WATCH: Tammy Wynette Belts ‘How Great Thou Art’ With Handful of Country Gospel Legends

by Emily Morgan

Although Tammy Wynette received her title as the “First Lady Of Country Music” for her legendary songs about heartbreak and love lost, she was also an accomplished gospel artist. 

One of her many songs that will leave you stunned is her timeless rendition of the classic hymn, “How Great Thou Art.” The song, a gospel staple from the 1800s, has been covered by artists of all genres. It’s so popular that Christianity Today gave it the No. 2 spot in their list of “Favorite Hymns.”

Although Wynette had sung the tune numerous times, there’s one rendition that will leave you with goosebumps. For this performance, she joined country gospel legends to perform the song with the backing of a church choir. Wynette opens the show by acknowledging all of the soulful musicians that game to join her.

Before singing, she takes a moment to honor her guests. “I wanna dedicate the entire show to Hovie Lister, Rosie Roselle, Vestal and Howard Goodman, and the Cathedrals – and 100 others heroes of mine that I have in gospel music.”

As they tackle the song, Wynette’s hauntingly beautiful voice blends perfectly with the backing choir. She effortlessly leads them through the song with the addition of her heavenly vocals.

Tammy Wynette & George Jones’ Shared Love for Gospel Music

Yet, this performance wasn’t her first foray into the world of gospel. When Tammy Wynette was married to the late George Jones, the two often collaborated on gospel songs seeing as they both had a love for the genre. 

However, while they worked together on nine albums, their gospel album was the only one that did not chart. Their uncharted album titled We Love to Sing About Jesus was released on November 6, 1972.

They recorded most songs written by Earl Montgomery. In addition, they have included a song written by Tom T. Hall titled “Me and Jesus” and Dallas Frazier’s “He Is My Everything.” 

Although the album didn’t chart, their song “Old Fashioned Singing” hit the No. 38th position on the Country chart. Yet, it only remained on the chart for a total of nine weeks. Wynette and Montgomery co-wrote the song together. The song also mentions songs that Jones used to record on his gospel albums, such as “I’ll Fly Away” and “Amazing Grace.”

Following their joint gospel album, the two recorded Let’s Build a World Together in 1973. The pair released the title track as a single and reached No. 32 on the charts. Other notable tracks include “After the Fire is Gone,” a duet that Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn reached No. 1 in 1971.