Country mudic veteran Vince Gill will be releasing his most personal album "Okie," this Friday. One of the most striking songs on the album is "Forever Changed," about child sexual abuse.
Gill doesn't assume he knows what that is like, but he said he was inspired by an experience he had as a seventh-grade kid.
"I was on the basketball team and the basketball coach, the gym teacher called me into his office," Gill said. "I'm sitting on his desk and the hand goes on my leg and it goes further and further up."
Gill said he ran away and nothing further happened, but he thought about it a lot and kept trying to find the right words. "Sometimes the innocent don't have a voice," said Gill. "When you're a kid and somebody is abusive to you, you don't know how to handle it. You don't know how to deal with it."
He sang the song when he was rehearsing for a show years ago and a woman in his band heard it and ran off the stage crying.
"She came to me later and said, 'How did you know that's my story?'" Gill said.