When it comes to music about losing a son, there are many options. Many songs by popular artists are perfect to hear when you are grieving. Roberta Flack’s 1969 version of “First Time I Saw Your Face” is a classic, but George Michael’s version from 1999 is equally beautiful. Others, like Natalie Grant’s “Hold,” focus on leaning into God’s promise when grief hits.
Kenny Rogers’ “Lie a lullaby”
Country singers Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton have had many duets over the years. In 1983, they recorded “Islands In the Stream” with Marvin Gaye. The song hit the top of the country and pop charts.
Natalie Grant’s “First Time I Ever Saw Your Face”
Natalie Grant’s “First Time I Ever See Your Face” is a heartfelt song that reminds us to lean into God’s promises during difficult times. Roberta Flack recorded the original version in 1969, but George Michael’s 1999 rendition is just as beautiful. The lyrics are about trusting God’s promises, especially during times of grief.
Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven”
The emotional song “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton is one of his best known compositions. The song was written in 1992, after Clapton’s son Conor, then 4, died tragically in a fall from his 53rd-floor apartment. It is one of the most enduring songs in rock and roll history. The song is so popular that it became the most successful single in Clapton’s career. It was released as a single in the United States and reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song is a beautiful homage to Clapton’s son. In the first verse, Clapton asks his son if he would recognise him in heaven. He then asks his son if he would hold his hand and help him stand. The second verse seems to be a plea for forgiveness from Clapton’s son.
The song has sold over two million copies in the United States. It is one of the best-selling singles of the 1990s and one of the best-selling pop singles by a non-American. It reached the top spot on the Canadian Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and number eight on the Swiss singles chart. It was certified double platinum by The Record magazine for physical sales in excess of 200,000 copies.
Grace Potter’s “Angel”
Grace Potter has been able to carve out a niche for herself in rock and roll. The Waitsfield, Vermont native has released six albums and has shared the stage with artists including Kenny Chesney and The Rolling Stones. She has also created the Grand Point North music festival in Burlington. Today, she is one of the most popular live acts in contemporary music. Her new album, “Daylight,” is a powerful, uplifting work.
Potter’s voice breathes more freely on Daylight than on her previous album, Midnight. Both albums were produced by Valentine. While Midnight has drawn some curious remarks from the music community, Daylight has elicited more positive responses. While Midnight is a perfect record for a girls’ night out on the Vegas strip, Daylight is a more intimate record that deals with the aftermath of making bad decisions.
TobyMac’s “21 Years”
TobyMac’s new single, “21 Years,” is a touching tribute to his late son, Truett Foster McKeehan. This song was written after the artist heard about his son’s untimely death. The lyrics reflect the emotional turmoil TobyMac felt in the days that followed his son’s passing. The lyrics are also a testament to his faith in God.
TobyMac’s recent loss prompted him to take a hiatus from touring and deal with the pain of losing his son. He decided to combat the pain he felt with gratitude. “21 Years” is a song about the pain and loss that TobyMac’s family was experiencing.
The song is dedicated to Truett, the musician’s son who died at the age of 21. Truett’s death was ruled as a cardiac arrest. TobyMac has also dedicated his first music project since his 2018 album to his son. He hopes that the song can help other families dealing with a loss.
IZ’s “Over the Rainbow”
Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwole’s classic cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has hit a YouTube record of more than a billion views. The late singer-songwriter’s cover of the popular song was first recorded in 1990 for his Ka Anoi album, four years before his death. The album’s tracks showcased his voice and ukulele playing.
Although the original version is still widely known, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s version is often requested. It has all the poignancy and vulnerability of the Judy Garland version. This version may be the only version of the song that a younger generation is familiar with. And because it is accompanied by a ukulele, it is a truly unique interpretation of this timeless song.