This gospel tune was the first song Brad Paisley ever sang at the age of 9. He recorded a version for his This Is Country Music album enlisting the help of bluegrass artists Marty Stuart, and Carl Jackson plus rock singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow.
It is believed that Eliza R Snow originally wrote the verses to "Life's Railway To Heaven." In 1918 Baptist preacher M.E. Abbey added the chorus and Charles D Tillman the music but when they filed a Copyright on the song, Eliza Snow's contribution was omitted from the document.
The many other country artists to have recorded this gospel song include Roy Acuff, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Willie Nelson.