Country/Gospel Singer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83: He’s ‘Gone on to His Eternal Reward’


Country/Gospel Singer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83: He’s ‘Gone on to His Eternal Reward’

Charlie Daniels, the country/gospel singer and southern rocker who was best known for 1979 hit The Devil Went Down to Georgia and who also was an outspoken Christian, died Monday from a stroke. He was 83.

Daniels and his Charlie Daniels Band played a style of music that attracted fans of country, rock, bluegrass and gospel. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Musicians Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.

Daniels won Dove Awards, Country Music Association Awards and Grammys.

He died at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tenn.

Daniels spoke about his faith at concerts often, even if it wasn’t a predominantly Christian audience.

He discussed his faith during a 2017 appearance on The 700 Club.

“I believe that Jesus Christ was the only begotten Son of God, that He came to Earth, that He was nailed to a cross for my sins, that He left here. He ascended [and] He’s gonna descend one of these days. He’s gonna come back and pick us up,” he told The 700 Club.

His 2014 book, Never Look at the Empty Seats: A Memoir, was published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publisher. It includes a section on Daniels’ Christian beliefs. It also includes an invitation for the reader to accept Christ.

“You have to believe that Jesus is the Son of almighty God,” he wrote. “… [I]t’s a ‘come as you are’ proposition. You can’t wait to clean your life up by…

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