KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Sullivan County man with special needs has been a longtime fan of Garth Brooks, and he got the chance to sing with the country music star on Saturday.
According to Tracy Gott, the mother of Will Gott, Will has been a fan of Garth Brooks’ music for years.
Will performed Garth’s song, Unanswered Prayers, at the Sullivan South High School September talent show this year.
Tracy says Will’s performance at the talent show went viral, and when the family heard Garth Brooks was coming to Knoxville, they reached out to a Knoxville radio station and the University of Tennessee’s president.
On Thursday, Garth’s road manager called the Gotts and set up a meeting between Will and Garth prior to his show in Neyland.
“I got a call from Nashville and this man’s name was Chuck and he said he was the road manager and that’s all we know,” said Tracy. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
In the video, Will starts to sing Unanswered Prayers, and Garth quickly joins in for a heartwarming duet.
Tracy told News Channel 11 that Will did not speak until he was around 4 years old when his parents realized music helped him communicate.
“I used to cry and say, ‘I wish he would just say mom,'” she said.
Will joined the ETSU Pop Arts program in 2011, which was a theater program for kids and adults with special needs.
It is one of the many steps that led to this dream coming true for Will.
Tracy has one message for others who may share in their family’s struggles.
“I would tell any parent that has a child with special needs, don’t give up, never give up because things are always possible that you will never imagine,” she said.
Tracy also tells us this meeting almost didn’t happen. When they had gone to the security gate to get in, the passes their family received had the wrong date.
The matter was quickly settled, and as you could see, the rest was meant to be.