Lynchburg holds a special place in the heart of Greg Hudik, country artist and CEO of Platinum Records in Nashville. He has been in the music industry for almost 40 years, but after spending much of that time writing songs, he has refocused his abilities on his own music. His love for Lynchburg led him to create his newest release “I Miss Living in a Small” as well as a music video that was filmed just outside the courthouse.
Hudik began his life as one child out of six in a poor family living in northern Florida. He This upbringing taught him to work hard, and before he became a career musician, he owned a wrought iron furniture store in Florida. Hudik has traveled all over the states as part of his career, but of all the places he has visited, Lynchburg has left the most profound mark. He loves the clean, beautiful, small-town environment and is in awe of the way that the town’s environment has been so consistent for the past couple hundred years, as if frozen in time. Hudik also stated that he believes himself to be Jack Daniel’s biggest fan. Hard times led him to turn his tour bus into a record label party bus, and he now uses this bus to bring groups of tourists to Lynchburg so that he can show them his favorite sights around the town, especially the distillery.
One of his favorite memories from his career is when he had the privilege of performing at the first spring MTV concert in 1986 in front of a crowd of 400,000 people. The event was viewed by 80 million people overall, and his live record was recorded by John Rosin, who also recorded the live albums of Bob Seger, Peter Frampton, and Jackson Browne. After this event, he was offered a deal by Sony Entertainment and became one of two staff writers for George Strait.
While working for Strait, he penned a song called “I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor.” Hudik had met a girl who was alone and begging on the street after being abandoned. After she spent a brief time in jail and Hudik helped her buy a ticket home, she told him that she had found Jesus on the jailhouse floor. The words struck him, and he stated that the song practically wrote itself within a matter of minutes. Four artists, including Strait and Johnny Cash, all vied for the song, but it Strait eventually nabbed the special hit. Reverend Billy Graham later called Hudik to thank him for writing the song, and to this day, Hudik is honored to have spoken to this devout man of God. Among his other favorite memories are the time he received a presidential birthday card from Ronald and Nancy Reagan and when Donald Trump responded to him on Twitter after he released a song entitled “Fake News.”
While Hudik has worked hard throughout his life, he still credits his success to God and firmly believes that people must both work hard and have faith. He noted, “God puts a dream in your heart, but you cannot say a prayer and hit the lottery. Most people give up too soon.” He tries to teach people that they should never give up on their dreams and should instead invest in their craft so that they can master it to the best of their abilities.
Hudik says that he is more on fire than ever, and he is thrilled to finally be investing his time in his own music career. His music can be found on YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon music, and the video for his special song that is dedicated to Lynchburg can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gK_YWYcCWys&ab_channel=PlatinumRecordsNashville. If you take a look at the video, you may even see a few local faces.