Christian artist Zach Williams and music legend Dolly Parton won a Grammy Award for “There Was Jesus” on Sunday for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance / Song.
There Was Jesus
Zach Williams performed his 2019 hit “There Was Jesus” with country music legend Dolly Parton. The song talks about Jesus being present everywhere and in every hour. It was written by Zach, Casey Beathard, and Jonathan Smith. It was also Dolly Parton’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian charts.
It was a huge hit and even received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Music Performance / Song. On March 14, it was announced that “There Was Jesus” won the award. Among the other nominees are Lauren Daigle, Kari Jobe, and Lecrae.
“Without God, obviously, none of this is possible,” Zach said after receiving the award. “We are so grateful for this opportunity. We want to thank Dolly Parton for being a champion from day one in this song, thank our families, thank the academy. Hey, we love you guys, thanks so much.”
It was the Christian artist’s 5th Grammy nomination and Dolly Parton’s 50th Grammy nomination. They were both surprised to have received the nomination.
“I didn’t realize it had been five nominations already, I was pretty shocked about it,” Zach said during an interview with CBN News on March 10.
“There Was Jesus” is very meaningful to Zach as it talks about his life experience.
“This is very much my story if I think back to the last 20 years that it took me to get to where I’m at in my life,” he said. “Even if I go back further than that to my childhood, I think about all these moments that I missed in my life…now I can look back and see that God was in the middle of every one of them and working out the details. It’s just a special song.”