How Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” Became A Moving Tribute

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When Kent Blazy wrote “If Tomorrow Never Comes” years ago, he did so with his wife in mind. What he couldn’t have foreseen at the time was how deeply personal that Garth Brooks hit would become. Several days before Kent’s wife, Sharon, passed away from brain cancer, Blazy performed that hit at a hospice benefit and it took on a whole new meaning.

“If Tomorrow Never Comes”

Garth Brooks, Kent Blazy, If Tomorrow Never Comes
Garth Brooks with songwriter Kent Blazey (photo from The Tennesseean)

It wasn’t the first fundraiser Blazy attended at the famous Bluebird Cafe. But nine years ago, it was the one that made the most impact. Five years before the benefit concert, Blazy’s wife received that heart-stopping diagnosis of cancer. And for the next half-decade, the two spent countless hours with doctors and in hospitals, enduring unimaginable fear and uncertainty. When it became clear that Sharon was losing the fight, the two turned to Alive Hospice

Alive Hospice is an organization that helps people like Sharon die the way they want to while being as comfortable as possible. In Sharon’s case, that was peacefully at her home. And six days before she did so, her husband played “If Tomorrow Never Comes”. Though he wrote it for her all those years ago, it became part of a benefit for the very organization that was assisting his wife in her passing. One can only imagine what a heart-wrenching experience it was. 

Bluebird Benefits Alive

Garth Brooks, If Tomorrow Never Comes, Kent Blazy
NASHVILLE, TN – FEBRUARY 23: Singer-songwriter Kent Blazy performs during Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Reception & Tour at CRS 2017 – Day 2 on February 23, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for CRS)

And despite the loss of his wife all those years ago, Blazy continues to assist with fundraising for Alive Hospice. Now he does so with the help of the man who put Blazy’s words at the top of the charts, Garth Brooks. In 2018, Brooks joins Blazy for the Bluebird Cafe benefit concert. In fact, it isn’t just a concert.

The Bluebird is actually hosting a month of concerts to benefit the hospice. Artists on the schedule include Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Kim Carnes, Phil Vasser, Tommy Shaw, John Oates, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Keb’ Mo’, Gordon Kennedy, Dave Barnes, Hunter Hayes, and Kathy Mattea. Brooks and Blazy close the benefit, performing “If Tomorrow Never Comes” on the final night.

Brooks and Blazy Together

Garth Brooks, Kent Blazey, If Tomorrow Never Comes
Garth Brooks with Kent Blazy (photo from Zimbio)

Given Brooks‘ continued dedication to charity and assistance organizations, it isn’t surprising that he is part of this effort. And for Blazy, he gets to perform the song that is now so personal for him. As he said in an interview, “There’s just such a depth to it now. A reverence. A gratitude.”

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