Jimmy Carter Wins Third Grammy for His Spoken Word Audiobook “Faith: A Journey for All,” the Old Former President is Still Rockin’ and Rollin’

Former US President Jimmy Carter holding up a copy of his book Faith: A Journey For All at its launch last March

Former president Jimmy Carter has won his third Grammy for one of his audiobooks.

The 39th president of the United States won the award last night in Los Angeles for Faith: A Journey for All.

He was handed the Best Spoken Word Album at Sunday’s 2019 Grammy Awards for the New York Times bestselling book.

The award was Carter’s third Grammy win after previously picking up awards in the same category for A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety in 2016 and Our Endangered Values: America’s Moral Crisis, in 2007.

In his audiobook, the former president reflects on how faith has helped him during good times and bad.

He has previously been nominated nine times for a Grammy.

Then-first lady Rosalyn Carter (left), Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (center) and then US President Jimmy Carter (right), as demonstrators clash with police outside of the White House during a ceremony in 1977

Two other presidents have also won Grammys, including Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Clinton was awarded two Grammys, one in 2004 for his narration of Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf/Beintus: Wolf Tracks and a year later for his audiobook My Life.

Obama also won twice, both for the audiobook versions of his books Dreams From My Father in 2006 when he was serving as a senator in Illinois and in 2008 for The Audacity of Hope when he was campaigning to become president.

Carter’s audiobook was one of several nominees in this year’s spoken word category, which also included David Sedaris for Calypso, Courtney B. Vance for Accessory to War, Questlove for Creative Quest and Tiffany Haddish for The Last Black Unicorn.

The Democrat president did not attend the Grammys’ pre-telecast ceremony, where dozens of awards are handed out before the main show at 8pm.

Obama appeared on the show’s opening with Keys, Lady Gaga, Jenifer Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to describe the role music had played in their lives – seemingly a pointed reference to last year’s controversy over women artists.

Former President George Bush., President-elect Barack Obama, who has also won two Grammys, President George W. Bush, former Presidents Bill Clinton, also a Grammy winner, and Jimmy Carter, now a three-time winner, in 2009
Then president George Bush (right) and Jimmy Carter during a meeting in the Oval Office in the White House in April 1992

‘Music has always helped me tell my story,’ Obama said. ‘Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.’

Last August a video emerged of Jimmy Carter flying on a commercial flight, sitting in coach, that captured the heart of the world.

Footage of him walking up and down the aisle shaking hands with passengers and smiling for selfies went viral after he boarded a Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles.

Carter is known for living a simple life and instead of making money from corporate speaking and joining the boards of big companies as his predecessor Gerald Ford had, he returned to the town where he was born.

But when the Democrat returned home his finances were in tatters as his peanut business was $1million in debt.

He was forced to sell it and took to the pen to repair his finances – writing 33 books on a variety of subjects, although not as successfully as modern presidents.

Carter is pictured with his wife Rosalynn CarterPope and John Paul II at the White House in 1979

On top of his writing revenue, the 39th President of the United States also commands a $210,700 annual pension which all former presidents receive.

But despite his sizeable income, Carter said he was determined to live a modest life in the south Georgia township.

He is the only president in the modern era to return full-time to the house he lived in before he entered politics, a modest two-bedroom cottage assessed at $167,000.

Carter survived a health scare in 2015 after being diagnosed with melanoma on his liver and brain.

But now, after radiation and chemotherapy, Carter says he is cancer-free.

SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Dyer