2 Friends Tour Interview with Amy Grant
Recently Amy Grant was interviewed by Pop Rocket Press on the upcoming 2 Friends Tour visit to Prescott Valley...
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Grant, Smith bring 2 Friends Tour to Prescott Valley
Nearly 30 years
ago, a guitar-pickin' girl from Tennessee and a piano-playin' boy from
West Virginia became singing buddies through contemporary Christian
music. Now, multiple Dove and Grammy award-winning artists Amy Grant and
Michael W. Smith bring their Two Friends Tour to Tim's Toyota Center in
Prescott Valley Friday, Sept. 23.Amy Grant telephoned Monday
morning (Aug. 22) after a bicycle ride found her "sitting on a giant
rock in the middle of one of the largest urban parks" near her Nashville
"I may have gone too far. I barely passed a walker going
up a steep hill," Grant, 50, confessed with a laugh. "After my
interviews, I will peddle home in the heat of the day."
She said she's always loved biking and "it's good for singing."
so, because singer/songwriter Grant, who signed her first recording
contract at age 15, still maintains a full schedule. That includes
recently recording her first album of all new songs in seven years,
Somewhere Down the Road. Her daughter, Sarah Chapman, sang with her on
"Overnight" from that album.
"That was a total thrill," Grant
said. "She was exactly the same age, 17, as I was when I recorded my
first album." (That album, Age to Age, made her the first contemporary
Christian artist to reach platinum status.)
Grant said she was
"so sad" after dropping off the now 18-year-old Sarah at college. She
flew right to Salt Lake City for her next concert, and coming home, got a
call from her husband, country star Vince Gill, about a surprise in the
driveway. "The tiniest little Airstream camper sat in the driveway.
It's the ultimate hippie-mobile," Grant said, laughing again.
and Gill's 10-year-old daughter, Corrina, slept in the trailer, and
Gill joined them when he got home at 4 a.m. from his latest gig, she
said. "Corrina even asked to have breakfast in the camper," Grant said.
She noted their yard looks like "camper central" with another pop-up and equipment.
borrow my stuff all the time. I love connecting friends to nature,"
Grant said. "But it takes a couple of hours to show them how to set it
Integrating life and kids and work takes place moment by
moment, she said. Corrina is the last of her four children at home, and
Grant wants to make sure she doesn't feel isolated.
"I have four
symphony shows this fall, during the weekend of my 10-year-old's fall
break," Grant said, "so I called the conductor and asked if we could
find a song Corrina could sing."
She then admitted she hadn't run
the idea by Corrina yet. "She may say 'no way,' but she's pretty easy
going. Our job today is to explore song ideas: what would give you joy
Grant said she also enjoys having her "I Do daughter,"
Jenny Gill, touring with her. "Jenny joined me to sing Kim's parts when
Kim (Keyes) had her baby. Now I've got both. It's great to have two
women singing harmony parts," Grant said.
1979, Michael W. Smith was thrilled to have a songwriting contract while
playing keyboards for the group, Higher Ground. Then in 1982 he got the
gig as new phenom Grant's backup singer/keyboardist. Together and
separately, they helped bring contemporary Christian music into its own.
1983, he recorded his first solo album, The Michael W. Smith Project.
He wrote all the music and his wife, Debbie, wrote the lyrics.
53, also has written numerous books, founded Rocketown Records, which
launched Chris Rice, and helped start New River Fellowship in Nashville.
continued to tour with Grant through the 80s, and later on special
Christmas tours. Their Two Friends Tour is a happy reunion for both.
Grant opens the concert, Smith joins her for some songs, then he takes
the second half, in which Grant joins him on a couple of tunes.
Altogether, 13 musicians will take the stage. "It's a pretty streamlined package," Grant said.
all travel by bus to the venues. "It's fun to see the country by bus.
You can rest," Grant said. "And we squeeze our bicycles in the bay of
Whatever clears the mind and keep those lungs strong.
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