When The Oak Ridge Boys were at the Stranahan Theater in Toledo for a concert on Dec. 21, they took the time to meet with local musician Scott McGorty.
McGorty covered one of the group’s songs, “Thank God for Kids,” and contributed it for “Holiday Wishes 3: If You Believe,” a benefit CD for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“Meeting The Oak Ridge Boys is a difficult emotion to describe,” McGorty said. “We still play ‘The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas’ at our house every year. That’s the first time they recorded ‘Thank God for Kids.’ Hearing that all through my childhood, it’s part of Christmas for me.
“To meet a part of my childhood in person is incredible. My parents used to listen to the album before they had kids, and I just found out a couple weeks ago my mom sang ‘Thank God for Kids’ at church when I was a baby. Hearing that song by The Boys 22 years later is a very moving experience.”
Band member Duane Allen said “Thank God for Kids” is a song that will stand the test of time.
“A good song will be the ticket for anywhere you want to go. An artist’s career can be determined by how good a song is. ‘Thank God for Kids’ is just a great song. That’s why it lasts. It’s a great song,” Allen said.