Cole Swindell’s newest single “You Should Be Here” held an even greater meaning this past Tuesday morning (May 10) as he performed it atop the World Trade Center in New York City. Families of 9/11 victims, military, first responders and other on goers watched this once in a lifetime moment as Swindell sang what he considers the song he came to Nashville to write.
“This is probably the most special performance of my career. I’m not sure I deserve to be the one doing this,” he said before taking the stage. “You Should Be Here” was originally written in memory of his father who passed away in 2013, and has since touched many fans who have connected with its personal message of grief and loss. This type of tribute seemed quite fitting to give at a place where so many lives were lost.
Watch the emotional and memorable performance now.
Swindell performed other hit songs during the show as well. Making sure his nerves didn’t get the best of him, he sang songs off of his previous albums instead of attempting the new ones off the album released earlier this month.
This was the first ever artist performance at the newly constructed World Trade Center and that significance is not lost on the guy who used to work Luke Bryan’s merchandise table. “You have no idea how honored I am to be here,” Swindell told People, “It’s something I will never forget.”