Country singer Charlie Daniels passed away on Monday at age 83, after suffering a stroke. The musician was known for his 1979 song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
Following news of his death, American Idol judge Luke Bryan shared his condolences on Twitter. Charlie Daniels also has other connections to talent shows, through The Voice and its longtime coach Blake Shelton.
Luke Bryan Sends His Condolences After Charlie Daniels Dies
On Monday, Luke Bryan tweeted that he had just learned of Charlie Daniels’ passing, calling him a “great man” and a “hero.” He went on write, “A true patriot, Christian, and country music icon. Prayers to his family.”
He then thanked Charlie for his “contributions on and off the stage,” and wrote, “God bless you Charlie Daniels.” He included a photo of him and Charlie performing together on stage.
Luke isn’t the only talent show judge who’s been inspired by Charlie Daniels. Blake Shelton’s hit song “God’s Country” includes a reference to Charlie’s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”
“The Devil went down to Georgia but he didn’t stick around,” Blake sings during the song’s chorus. “This is God’s country.”
Charlie’s Songs Covered On ‘The Voice’
Charlie Daniels has also been covered on past seasons of The Voice. In Season 7, Michael Stein played violin and sang “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” for his audition. Sadly, none of the coaches turned around for him.
Then in Season 16, Team Blake singer Andrew Sevener performed the song “Long Haired Country Boy” for the semifinals. Andrew ended up finishing the season in fourth place.
Charlie was active in the country music industry since the 1950s. Songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Long Haired Country Boy” were released with the Charlie Daniels Band. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.