Amy Grant is best known for her career as a contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter who has also made appearances on the pop charts with love songs like "Baby Baby" (which had a popular music video and secured a Grammy award nomination) and "That's What Love Is For" from Heart in Motion or her latest new song, "Say It With A Kiss." For 20 years, Grant has been married to country music star Vince Gill. But they didn't have the easiest road to happily ever after. Their love story is a prime example that with a little patience and faith, everything will work out as it should.
Grant and Gill met for the first time in 1993. Grant was married to Christian musician Gary Chapman at the time and Gill was married to country singer Janis Oliver. After 17 years of marriage, the Dove award winner and Chapman decided to call it quits due to irreconcilable differences.
For anyone thinking that Gill disrupted Grant's marriage, think again. She told AARP that her first marriage "had been rocky from the get-go. I'd been holding steady for 15 years in something that was not easy to hold steady."
After meeting Gill and performing a few times together around Christmas of 1993, Grant was immediately drawn to the country music singer. Their chemistry was undeniable and made everything worth the wait. Watch their duet below.
The couple waited to be together until Grant's divorce was finalized and married in March of 2000. The real struggle at the time was blending their two families. Grant had three children from her marriage with Chapman, and they were working to create a new normal at the peak of their careers. All eyes were on the family and the children, ages 12, 10 and 7 at the time, took some time to adjust to their new situation.
Luckily, the birth of daughter Corrina in 2001 brought everyone together. She made their family home a house of love.
"[She's] the glue of this whole family," Gill told AARP. "She bonded all of us in a blood way that really did connect us."
"Sometimes one person in your life puts that final block in place, and you step into the ownership of who you are. That was a positive merging right there -- two great, fun-loving, accessible people. They're the perfect couple and parents, fully realized human beings and philanthropists. And there's absolutely no pretension about them, which is very rare."
Grant has made multiple Christmas albums over the years including A Christmas To Remember and Home for Christmas. Clearly the couple loves that time of year because they collaborate annually in Music City with their Nashville, Tennessee Christmas tour, 12 Days of Christmas at the Ryman, at the historic Ryman Auditorium.
This story originally ran in Feb. 2019.