Kathie Lee Gifford Debuts 'He Saw Jesus' With Tearful Performance on 'Today'

Kathie Lee Gifford debuts her new song 'He Saw Jesus' on NBC's 'Today' show in New York, October 12, 2017
Kathie Lee Gifford debuts her new song "He Saw Jesus" on NBC's "Today" show in New York, October 12, 2017 | (Screengrab: NBC's 'Today" show)

Inspired by her late husband, Frank Gifford, three-time Emmy Award-winner Kathie Lee Gifford debuted her new song, "He Saw Jesus," on Thursday's "Today" show.

Gifford teamed up with country songwriter Brett James to pen the emotional tune. It was her first musical performance on the "Today" show since 2008, and the TV host left her colleagues in awe with her performance.

"I hope it brings hope to people," Gifford said before performing the song.

"So many people loved Frank. So many people still do. I wanted to honor his memory with it, but I also wanted it to do some good in the world," she explained.

Hoda Kotb, Gifford's co-host, announced that all proceeds from the song will go to the international relief organization Samaritan's Purse.

Franklin Graham, president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and of Samaritan's Purse, promoted Gifford's song and praised her performance on social media.

"A big thank you to my friend Kathie Lee Gifford who has just finished a new song to honor her husband, Frank Gifford, who went home to Heaven two years ago. ... She is donating all the proceeds to Samaritan's Purse. She has a great heart for helping people."