Atlanta-based musician Angie Aparo has had a whirlwind of a music career. He got his big break when he wrote the Grammy Award-winning song “Cry” for Faith Hill. He also co-wrote songs with Tim McGraw and sang with the Zac Brown Band.

 

But after several years writing and recording music, in April 2016 Aparo's life took a sharp turn. He suffered a spontaneous carotid artery dissection.

On Second Thought host Virginia Prescott speaks with musician Angie Aparo.

This is a rare form of stroke that left Aparo unable to communicate and with a critical memory lapse.

Two years after the nearly crippling incident, he is back performing in local venues around Atlanta. He sat down with us to talk about his long road back to recovery.

He also performed for us in studio. Check out a few of his songs from his newest album "Life is a Flower, Life is a Gun," as well as one song from his older album "The American":

 

https://youtu.be/ASnifqTPLU8

 

https://youtu.be/UWSp43ZDquk

 

https://youtu.be/9TIFKZsROtc

 

Yannie Reynecke (left) and Angie Aparo warm up in the GPB studio.
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Yannie Reynecke (left) and Angie Aparo warm up in the GPB studio.