Shortly before Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, Montgomery Gentry completed a brand-new album, set to be released through Average Joes Entertainment. One of the record's songs, "Better Me," has been released to radio; readers can press play below to hear it.

The mid-tempo "Better Me" features Gentry on vocals. According to an Instagram post by Storme Warren, a DJ on the SiriusXM channel The Highway, the song will be available to fans on Friday (Sept. 15), a week after Gentry's death. Details about the release of Montgomery Gentry's new album have not yet been announced.

"I've turned the page on wilder days," the chorus of "Better Me" goes. "I'm writing all this down, hopin' you'll see / I ain't sayin' I'm perfect, but I'm workin' on a better me."

The helicopter crash that killed Gentry took place in Medford, N.J. He and duo partner Eddie Montgomery were scheduled to perform there that evening.

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“Not long after takeoff, the pilot announced over the airport frequency — which was being monitored by a number of people — that he was having difficulty controlling engine RPM,” Brian Rayner, senior air safety investigator with the NTSB, explains. “A couple of different responses to that challenge were discussed, and he was performing an auto rotational descent … The helicopter landed short of the runway in low brush, it was substantially damaged, and the occupants were fatally injured.”

Gentry was removed from the wreckage at the scene but was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. In addition to Gentry, the helicopter’s pilot, James Evan Robinson, died in the crash; crews worked for hours to remove his body from the wreck.

“Known for his wide smile, Gentry was personally driven by faith, family and living life to the fullest,” Gentry’s official obituary reads. “One of his favorite Bible verses was Deuteronomy 31:6, which says, ‘Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.’”

celebration of life event in Gentry’s honor is scheduled for Thursday (Sept. 14).

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