Believe

Album: Hillbilly Deluxe (2005)
Charted: 60

Songfacts®:

  • This acoustic ballad features lead vocals from Ronnie Dunn, and describes the narrator's childhood encounter with an elderly man whom he calls "Old Man Wrigley." Despite having lost both his wife and son, "Old Man Wrigley" is able to keep going because of his faith in God and his belief that he will "see his wife and son in just a little while."
  • The song won the Country Music Association's 2006 awards for Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year.
  • R&B singer and actress Jennifer Hudson covered the song on her 2011 album, I Remember Me. She told Entertainment Weekly why she decided to do her own version of this tune: "It has a gospel inspirational feel," she said. "It made the album feel complete. I sang it for Brooks & Dunn at their farewell concert and I fell in love with the song that night. I had to have it on the album and I sent my whole team on a mission to get it. Luckily, we were successful and I was able to record it and really put the Jennifer Hudson spin on it."
  • Brooks & Dunn recorded a new version of the song featuring Kane Brown for their 2019 Reboot project. The album features the duo performing some of their biggest hits with a selection of contemporary country stars.

    Kix Brooks told Bobby Bones in a radio interview that Brown blew him and Dunn away. "His records are one thing, but when you plug someone into a song like that, I think (Ronnie and I) both just kind of looked at each other when he starting singing and went, 'Wow, this is going to be good.'"

Comments: 1

  • Karen from Manchester, NhB&D is my husband's #1 favorite group; this song is MY all-time favorite B&D song. I would have loved to have seen the recording session, as it sounds like Ronnie totally loses himself in the music near the end. The power in the song is incredible. I saw Jennifer Hudson's version on the farewell concert. It was good - very good - but can't hold a candle to the original.
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