With the ongoing tease of solo work from Chad Gray, today we hear our first taste of what that stuff sounds like. Gray released a cover of the Elvis Presley/Willie Nelson single "Always On My Mind" and he dedicated it to his wife, Shannon Gunz.
Gunz might be familiar to listeners of SiriusXM's Octane and other rock channels, as she is a longtime DJ. The video includes footage of the loving couple's wedding. Gray offered these comments on the track:
“Planning a wedding is grueling — from flowers to location to picking the music. We initially chose ‘Dream On’ for our first dance song. Now I’m not sure how or why I landed on ‘Always on my Mind.’ I’m assuming I heard it in passing and it stuck. I just remember, late one night, thinking about it and going online to search the lyrics and listen to the track. As it was playing, the lyrics were so emotional and compelling that it actually moved me.
“So I reached out to my producer and very good friend Kevin Churko and asked if he would do a cover with me. He responded, ‘What song?’ I told him and he was like, ‘WHOA! Okay.’ So he reached out to the keyboard player for Ozzy, who is obviously not doing anything in this shit time we’re living in, and sent us three different takes and flavors of the song. We landed on one and started tracking it vocally.
“It was super cool when I started it, because I realized that this was such a different way of singing. No one has ever heard me doing anything like this. This was done for my wedding, but I thought, ‘Should I release this song to the public?’ I always talk about how I look at my fans as more than fans. They’re family, and I wanted to share this moment with them.”