Oliver Anthony Rejects $8 Million Offer and Embraces Scripture
Youtube / Country Cast
Some Things Money Can’t Buy
In just a span of 11 days, Oliver Anthony, also known by his birth name Christopher Anthony Lunsford, has garnered an astonishing 27 million views for his song “Rich Men North of Richmond”. The overwhelming response has left him astounded, as he admitted in his post. Christopher never foresaw the song’s viewership to exceed a mere few hundred thousand.
He recently posted a long Facebook post sharing his thoughts on everything going on with his video going viral and the opportunities he’s encountered. He wrote in his post:
He writes on Facebook: People in the music industry give me blank stares when I brush off 8 million dollar offers. I don’t want 6 tour buses, 15 tractor trailers and a jet. I don’t want to play stadium shows, I don’t want to be in the spotlight. I wrote the music I wrote because I was suffering with mental health and depression. These songs have connected with millions of people on such a deep level because they’re being sung by someone feeling the words in the very moment they were being sung.
You can find the actual post here:
Finds Meaning In Scripture On Stage
In a Youtube video posted by Country Cast, you can find Oliver Anthony starting off his performance at an event with 1st reading a passage from the Bible about money, including:
Ecclesiastes 5:10-14: Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. As goods increase, so do those who consume them. And what benefit are they to the owners except to feast their eyes on hem? The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether they eat little or much, but as for the rich, their abundance permits them no sleep…
You can actually watch this at this point in the video:
So What Video Was It That Went So Viral?
This rustic tune narrates the tale of a blue-collar protagonist grappling with prolonged labor yielding meager pay, devoured by taxes. With its lyrics channeling working-class discontent and critiquing affluent Washington elites, the song has evolved into a rallying cry for the common man. Online commentators are lauding the track, expressing a sense of personal connection to Anthony’s lyrics. The song resonates akin to the working-class ballads crafted by country icons such as Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash.