Vince Gill

Vince Gill performs  in the Grand Ole Opry House Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn.

DASHER — Georgia Christian School officials know they can’t top former President George W. Bush as a speaker for the annual fundraising dinner.

So, as GCS President Brad Lawson and GCS board member Ryan Warren said, the school chose another route.

Georgia Christian’s dinner guest this year will be country music singer Vince Gill.

Gill rose to fame as lead singer for country rock band Pure Prairie League in the 1970s. As a solo country performer, Gill recorded more than 20 albums and charted more than 40 singles. He has won numerous country music awards and several Grammys.

Gill’s stardom came with hits like “Cinderella,” “When I Call Your Name,” “Pocket Full of Gold,” “Take Your Memory,” “I Still Believe in You,” “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “The Heart Won’t Lie,” “No Future in the Past,” “One More Last Chance,” “Tryin’ To Get Over You,” “Whenever You Come Around,” “What The Cowgirls Do,” “When Love Finds You,” “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn),” “You’d Better Think Twice,” “Worlds Apart,” “Pretty Little Adriana,” “A Little More Love,” “You and You Alone,” “If You Ever Have Forever in Mind,” etc.  He is married to singer Amy Grant.

Gill rarely performs outside of Nashville these days, Lawson and Warren said. At the GCS dinner, he will sing songs and share stories in a songwriter-style format. He is also expected to take questions from the audience.

Gill is the latest big-name guest for the GCS dinner.

The event started with several sports figures. It garnered more attention a few years ago when the GCS dinner hosted one-time GOP presidential contender and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, then former First Lady Laura Bush, football great Terry Bradshaw, then last fall, President George W. Bush.

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