To me he has more emotion in his voice than almost any other male country singer, and thats saying alot. He makes it seem so easy, yet he still hits me hard in the feels when he sings. An all time great country voice.
Keith Whitley’s “Don’t Close Your Eyes” is a classic country ballad released in 1988. The song was written by Bob McDill and co-produced by Garth Fundis and Keith Whitley.
The song is a beautiful expression of love and longing, with Whitley’s soulful voice delivering the heartfelt lyrics with a depth of emotion that resonates with listeners. The song’s gentle melody and understated arrangement create a sense of intimacy and vulnerability, adding to the power of Whitley’s performance.
In “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” Whitley sings to his lover, urging her to stay with him and not give up on their relationship. He tells her that he knows she’s been hurt before, but that he is different and that their love is worth fighting for. The song’s lyrics are simple and direct, but they are imbued with a sense of passion and urgency that speaks to the heart.
The song was a massive hit for Whitley, reaching #1 on the country charts and earning him widespread critical acclaim. It remains one of the most beloved country songs of all time, a testament to the enduring power of great songwriting and unforgettable performances. Despite Whitley’s tragic death in 1989, his music continues to inspire and move audiences around the world.