Widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary voices in country music, Vince Gill knows a thing or two about vocal chops. So when he describes one of his favorite newcomers as “beautiful” and “compelling” singer, it’s worth taking note.
Pairing up for the September 3rd broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry, Gill introduced the audience to 25-year-old Logan Brill, describing the singer-songwriter as an artist with a heart of gold and pipes to match. A Knoxville native with two independent albums under her belt (2013’s Walking Wires and 2015’s Shuteye), Brill’s music often falls neatly into the Americana category – sometimes with a hint of reggae tossed in – but she can write a classic country heartbreaker with the best and sing it, too.
Looking like a star in a black body suit and with Gill harmonizing by her side, Brill used her big moment to deliver a devastating ballad called “I Wish You Loved Me,” the closing track on Shuteye. Describing a love gone so wrong that there’s no hope for reconciliation, the song’s hook would have felt right at home on the Opry stage at any point in its almost 100-year history.
“I wish you loved me,” she sings, “as much as you don’t.”
Brill heads back out on tour October 14th for a weekend of shows in Iowa and Illinois, and Gill does the same starting October 19th. Then from November 30th – December 22nd, he and wife Amy Grant will host their annual run of Christmas concerts at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium.