The audience members at Willie Nelson’s concert at Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA this past Friday had no idea they were in for the treat of a lifetime. Nelson and longtime friend and collaborator Kris Kristofferson welcomed two honorary guests to the stage – former President Jimmy Carter (91) and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter (88) joined the two for a rendition of “Amazing Grace.”
Merle Haggard was originally billed to share the stage with Nelson for the Chasten Park show. After the country legend’s passing last month, Kris Kristofferson joined the concert lineup, along with Haggard’s two sons, Ben and Noel.
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are known to be huge Nelson fans, and were spotted braving the rain from the front row during the Atlanta show.
The nearly 7,000 fans in attendance cheered wildly and stood up to applause as the Carters walked on stage. Nelson started singing “Amazing Grace,” and the Carters and Kristofferson joined in for an epic singalong. In the video, you can see the sea of fans recording the special moment on their phones.
When the song finished, the quartet received a standing ovation. The Carters shared their appreciation and were sure to shake the hands of the entire band before exiting the stage.
It’s safe to say that the audience will never forget this special surprise performance.