Six times winner of the GMA Dove Awards Zach Williams remembers country music veteran Charlie Daniels a year after his death. Daniels, who is known for his #1 hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," died on July 6, 2020, at the age of 83. Daniels died of a hemorrhagic stroke at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, TN.
Zach Williams writes, "It's hard to believe it's already been a year. Charlie Daniels was an inspiration, always modeling humility and servant leadership everywhere he went. It was an honor to get to know Charlie a short time before he passed. Let's remember and celebrate the life of the legend, Charlie Daniels, today. Thanks to Bill Lee for declaring August 18th Charlie Daniels Day."
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has officially declared August 18, 2021 as "Charlie Daniels Day" across the Volunteer State. The proclamation comes as friends, family and fans gear up to celebrate the late musical icon at the 2021 Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels. The star-studded live concert event is set to take place on August 18 at 7 p.m. at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena.
"The Volunteer Jam is a proud Tennessee tradition, and this year we're bringing music fans together for a special tribute to the legendary Charlie Daniels," says Governor Lee. "For over 50 years, Charlie shared his talent with people across our country, and I'm proud this celebration will carry on his legacy and showcase Tennessee's rich musical heritage."
"We are so honored by the recognition shown by Governor Lee and the great state of Tennessee," explains Daniels' longtime manager David Corlew. "Charlie was born in the Carolinas but considered Tennessee his home. He loved it here. What better way to honor him than to do it at the Volunteer Jam, one of the state's most cherished events? He always said if he ever had to leave Tennessee, he wanted to go to heaven. So now that he's changed addresses, let's raise the roof and make him proud."