Luke Combs delivered a romantic performance with his latest single “Forever After All” on the 2021 ACM Awards.
Trading his guitar and ball cap for a suit coat and slacks, the Entertainer of the Year nominee wore his heart on his sleeve as she shared the tender ballad inspired by his wife Nicole. Backed by a masked orchestra, Combs offered an impassioned vocal performance, allowing the sentiment of the song to shine through as he professed, “Other things that I could look at my whole life / A love like that makes a man have second thoughts / Maybe some things last forever after all.” “So, so good,” praised ACM Awards co-host Mickey Guyton at performance end. Before taking the stage, Combs discussed his partnership with Ford and Guitars 4 Vets, an initiative that helps veterans heal through songwriting and music. Combs headed into the forest to meet with veteran Damon Williams, a beneficiary of the initiative who wrote a song that he got to sing with Combs during a jam session in the woods.
Combs announced “Forever After All” as his new single in February with a gorgeous sunset photo of he and his wife on their wedding day. He co-wrote the track with Drew Parker and Rob Williford in the home he’d just bought with Nicole, his fiancée at the time.
[“Forever After All” was] the first song that he wrote in the house he and Nicole purchased. We wrote that January of 2019… He had just moved in there,” Parker told The Boot previously. “It kind of started like, ‘Hey, what do we want to say?’ that kind of thing… To me, [a writing session] starts, ‘Hey, what are we in the mood for? What do we want to say today? Is it a breakup song? Is it a love song? Is it a beer-drinking party song?’ and I think there was something special in that moment of it being the first song in their house together, and we kind of just started chasing a love song, and it really took on its own thing… and it was like, ‘Hey, I think this is something important to say in a time like this — I mean, we just bought a house together,’ that kind of thing. And at that point, it’s like, ‘Hey, let me just step out of the way and watch where he’s wanting to go with this and be there to support wherever that song goes,” he added of writing with Combs.
“Forever After All” first caught fans’ attention with Combs released it on What You See Ain’t Always What You Get, the deluxe edition of is album, What You See Is What You Get.
Tonight’s performance marks one of the few Combs has done this year. He performed at the Daytona 500 in February, which marked his first live show since March 2020. No word on if Combs will be planning a tour for later this year or early 2022.
The 2021 ACM Awards, hosted by Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton, broadcast live on Sunday, April 18 (8:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network and will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
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