Country Hall of Fame artist Vince Gill performed a song about sexual abuse at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. on Feb. 6, according to Rolling Stone. The song, “Forever Changed,” is especially timely because of the media attention to the #MeToo movement, which puts a spotlight on sexual misconduct in entertainment, in the workplace and other facets of life.
Gill had mentioned the unreleased song in an interview with Rolling Stone in 2014. The song was notable back then, but it is especially timely now. He sang the song at Ryman Auditorium in December but gave it a broader platform on Feb. 6, at the showcase presented by his label, Universal Music Group Nashville, for the Country Radio Seminar (CRS).
Gill sang the poignant lyrics, "You put your hands where they don't belong and now her innocence is dead and gone / God was watching and he knows your name / because of you, she's forever changed."
The song was inspired by an experience that Gill had when he was in seventh grade. He was not sexually abused, but he had an uncomfortable experience with a gym teacher who put his hand on the young boy’s leg. Gill didn’t stick around to see what would happen next but felt uncomfortable so he got up and ran away, according to a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone.
The 21-time Grammy Award winner is touring with The Eagles on the An Evening with the Eagles tour in 2018. The band’s co-founder, Glenn Frey, died in 2016, but the band has been resurrected with the addition of Frey’s son Deacon and Vince Gill. The band will include Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmitt, along with Vince Gill and Deacon Frey.