Craig Morgan’s Son Jerry Is Always Sending Him Signs From Heaven — Even at the 2019 CMA Awards
On Wednesday night (Nov. 13), Craig Morgan will be onstage at the 2019 CMA Awards, serving as a presenter during Country Music's Biggest Night. His role in the awards show comes on the heels of attention, in both the country music industry and beyond, for his single "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost," inspired by the death of his 19-year-old son, Jerry Greer, in a boating accident in 2016, and the country singer says he sees a connection between the big night and his late son.
"His jersey number — he was going to be paying football for Marshall College — his number was 13,” Morgan told Taste of Country Nights ahead of the 2019 CMA Awards. The artist says he's often seeing signs of Jerry's presence, adding, “That number is really significant and it's always popping up. I feel like God is always giving us those little signs.”
When Morgan learned that the 2019 CMA Awards would be held on Nov. 13, he got a good feeling: "I said, ‘I have this feeling that we are going to be doing something at the awards,' and, ‘Look at what date it is,’” he recalls noting months before he was asked to be a presenter. “Sure enough, God just lines things up. And here we are."
WATCH: Craig Morgan Opens Up About Jerry's Death
Jerry Greer drowned in a boating accident on July 10, 2016. The Dickson County High School graduate was wearing a life jacket when the accident occurred; in the days after his death, officials investigating admitted that they were unsure why the teenager’s life jacket did not save his life. "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost" reflects on Morgan's life after his son's death: the pain of losing a child, and the pain of trying to keep going.
“I promise I’m not [that strong],” Morgan says of bearing his heartache in song, and living his life after such a monumental loss. “I’m being held up by God and prayers and friends and you guys and everybody and Blake [Shelton] -- all of these guys who have supported us since this happened. Blake has never not been there.”
It was Shelton, in fact, who called on fans and famous friends to help push Morgan's song to the top of the iTunes charts after its release -- a goal reached with a little help from talk show host and actor Ellen DeGeneres. "The Father, My Son and the Holy Ghost" also earned Morgan a deal with his former record label home, BBR Music Group.
The 2019 CMA Awards are scheduled to air on ABC on Nov. 13, at 8PM ET; the ceremony will take place live at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton and Carrie Underwood will co-host the event, which will also be highlighting some of country music's female artists. Carly Pearce and Michael Ray will co-host the pre-telecast festivities.
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