Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood and more stars detail Vince Gill's 'monumental' impact

"CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill" airs Sept. 16 at 9 p.m. ET. on CMT.

ByStephen Hubbard and Carena Liptak via via logo
September 16, 2022, 12:22 PM

Artists from every generation and every corner of country music flock to the stage to honor Vince Gill in "CMT Giants: Vince Gill," a concert event dedicated to the living legend of country music.

Ahead of the show -- which was taped Monday in Nashville -- stars like Carrie Underwood, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton and Luke Combs filed in to perform Vince's songs.

Each singer said they had a personal connection to him and his discography, and most said they began listening to him when they were young children.

"I remember hearing 'Don't Let Our Love Start Slippin' Away' I think probably at 4 or 5. My sister and I would choreograph dances to that song and 'I Still Believe in You,'" Morris told reporters at the event, adding that Gill's voice had a "magical resonance" with her from the start.

PHOTO:  Vince Gill performs during the 15th Annual Academy Of Country Music Honors on Aug. 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
Vince Gill performs during the 15th Annual Academy Of Country Music Honors on Aug. 24, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn.
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Combs told reporters that he also had a formative early childhood experience with "Don't Let Our Love."

"That song is just seared into my brain -- almost on a primal level," the "Doin' This" singer explained, adding that Gill's music was the soundtrack to his first experiences of loving music. "Vince was a monumental part of my entire musical existence, no doubt."

For his tribute, Stapleton selected "Whenever You Come Around," a song that's special to him because he's been covering it since his early days.

"I've always loved it. Just one of my favorites," he said. "I used to sing it in bars, when nobody was listening."

Meanwhile, Underwood praised Vince's one-of-a-kind voice.

"It's just so beautiful, right? It's pretty rare to have a male with such a gorgeous voice," she shared. "He's got some of the most beautiful ballads in country music ever."

"CMT Giants: Vince Gill" airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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