October 20, 2014
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Singer-songwriter Amy Grant at Vets
Don Fowler

Amy Grant called from her home in Nashville to talk about her upcoming concert at Vets this Sunday night, November 4, at 7:30 p.m.

Her husband, Vince Gill, was in their nearby studio working on an upcoming album with peddle steel guitarist Paul Frank, the dog was barking and she was getting ready to go to her sister’s house and make plan’s for her dad, who is dealing with dementia.

A recent heartwarming story in “People” magazine featured Amy and her dad and is an inspiration to all who face a similar situation. If you are not familiar with Amy Grant and her inspirational life as a singer-songwriter, philanthropist and wife of country singer Vince Gill, you should check her out on the Internet…and you should make a special trip to Vets Sunday night.

I asked her if she considered herself a country, gospel, or Christian singer.

“I consider myself a songwriter first,” she said. “I write and sing all different kinds of music. I found that the less information you give about your credentials, the more likely people are to discover just what you do.

“I just finished a concert with the Cincinnati Symphony,” she continued. “It was a wonderful cross-pollination. Orchestra patrons went there to hear their music, and my fans went to hear me.”

Everyone was a winner in the blend of beautiful music forms. And Amy Grant writes beautiful, inspiring music. With a career that spans over three decades, she has earned six platinum and four gold albums, 10 Top 40 singles and 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracts, and she has her own star on Hollywood’s Hall of Fame.

Amy missed this year’s Country Music Awards because she was committed to a benefit for High Hopes, an organization that serves early childhood diseases.

“My husband will be there,” she said. “He’s doing a duet with Trisha Yearwood. He is such a gifted artist. He has an exemplary, soulful voice. We’ll be doing three shows together at the Ryman [Auditorium in Nashville].”

I told her about Gill’s incredible performance, singing into the wee hours of the morning at Warwick Musical Theatre’s final show, and she expressed her disappointment of the famed summer theatre.

Grant is currently working on her new album, which contains all new songs she has written. You’ll hear some of them Sunday night in a concert you won’t want to miss. As of this writing, tickets were still available. Call 421-ARTS for reservations.


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