Amy Grant is best known for her career as a contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter. She's 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 "Say It With A Kiss."
For 22 years, Grant has been married to country music superstar, 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. Just follow these two lovebirds on social media and you'll see that they built a happy family life together. Or listen to Gill's love song "Whenever You Come Around" for further proof they were meant to be.
How Did Vince Gill and Amy Grant Meet?
Grant and Gill met for the first time in 1993. Grant was married to Christian musician Gary Chapman, and Gill's wife at the time was country singer and Sweethearts of the Rodeo member Janis Oliver. After 17 years of marriage, the Dove Award winner and Chapman called 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."
Besides, the future married couple were just friends at first.
"When we first met, I think the first year we worked together, I remember telling Vince if I were a guy, we would have been best friends," Grant told CNN's Larry King in 2003. "We would have been running buddies. But that was really -- that's truly all it was. And November would roll around and I'd go hey, we're doing that Christmas show again. And that happened for several years. I knew hey, I get to see him at Christmas because we're going to do the benefit."
After meeting the Oklahoma native and performing a few times together around Christmas of 1993, Grant was immediately drawn to the country music star. Their chemistry was undeniable and made everything worth the wait. Not to mention, their vocals blend so well together in duets, its probably why the couple has performed country songs together at the Grand Ole Opry as well as various other venues and concerts over the years.
Vince Gill and Amy Grant's Marriage + Blended Family
The entertainers waited to be together until Grant's divorce was finalized and married on March 10, 2000. The real struggle at the time was blending their two families. The Christian singer 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 Grant's children: Sarah, Matthew and Millie as well as Gill's daughter Jenny. It took all of them, who were aged 12 and under at the time, some time to adjust to their new situation.
Luckily, the birth of daughter Corrina Grant Gill 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."
Like step sister Jenny Gill, Corrina has followed her parents' lead and become a singer. In Aug. 2022, she joined her dad onstage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium for a performance of "When My Amy Prays," which, as its title telegraphs, is about Grant's unshakable faith. At the time, Grant was recovering from a bike accident that was caused by a pothole, knocked her unconscious and forced her to seek medical attention at Vanderbilt Hospital for cuts and abrasions. The bike crash also caused her to miss the September taping of CMT Giants: Vince Gill and its red carpet. A little under two years before Grant's unrelated accident, she underwent open-heart surgery to correct a rare congenital heart defect.
Vince Gill and Wife Amy Grant's Happy Life Together
Mutual friend Rodney Crowell explained to Taste of Country how perfect the pair is for each other.
"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 beloved 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 Middle Tennessee with their holiday concerts, 12 Days of Christmas at the Ryman.
In Dec. 2022, CBS aired the annual Kennedy Center Honors, which recognized Grant's contributions to American music and pop culture.
This story was first published in Feb. 2019.
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