Amy Grant, Vince Gill bring rare duo to Vilar
If You Go...
What: An Acoustic Evening with Vince Gill and Amy Grant
When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
Tickets: Sold out, but there’s a waiting list. They start at $155.
More info: Get tickets at vilarpac.org, or call 970-845-8497.
BEAVER CREEK — Amy Grant and Vince Gill need a bus to haul all of their hardware — 26 Grammy Awards between them, along with countless Dove Awards and other accolades.
They’re performing Saturday in the Vilar Performing Arts Center. The 532-seat venue is sold out, but you can still get on the waiting list and pray for a little divine intervention.
Before there was a Beaver Creek Chapel, Grant was helping raise money for it. Her first Vail Valley appearance was an outdoor benefit concert on the green in Beaver Creek. For his part, we know Gill has been in Beaver Creek at least once before, when he asked Amy to marry him, which she did in 2000.
The Togetherness Tour
They’re doing this Togetherness Tour because they want to, and when you’re Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Nashville’s power couple, you get to.
“We wanted to find a way to spend time together,” Gill told al.com, listing a worthy goal indeed.
It’s sort of a busman’s holiday, which brings us back to the bus. They do a Christmas tour together, but generally not this. This is a little like an unplugged performance, only the band is plugged in.
“We never really try to combine our audiences that much, and we thought we’d try this,” Gill said.
Once upon a time, Christian music was three points, a poem and a prayer sung by quartets. And don’t forget the Aqua Net hairspray to make those three-story hair styles stand up.
Then Amy Grant happened.
She was a Vanderbilt University student with a new contemporary Christian music sound that was, at first, both loved and loathed. Love conquers all, and now she’s one of the most revered figures in the music industry.
She has six Grammy Awards to her credit and a truckload of Dove Awards, the gospel music industry’s equivalent. She’s talented, but more than that she’s just so darned nice.
“My senior year in college everybody was interviewing for real jobs and that was the fork in the road for me,” she said. “That’s when I realized that music wasn’t just a hobby. I had this amazing opportunity to do something that I loved, that — miracle of miracles — looked like it was going to pay the bills. I’ve loved it and it’s brought me into a community with so many interesting people.”
Vince Gill, of course, is more than Mr. Amy Grant. He’s a pretty big deal, too.
Since breaking out in 1990, he has 20 Grammy Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards, four Song of the Year awards, is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and earned a Career Achievement Award, which is a little odd because his career isn’t over yet.
Here’s something you probably did not know about Gill.
In 1989, he had been struggling for a few years when Mark Knopfler asked him to join Dire Straits. Gill was playing in New York City and Knopfler came to see him and ask if he’d mind very much joining the band and going on a world tour. He thought long and hard — the money might have solved some of his problems at the time, as money often does.
Gill politely declined. His first big hit, “When I Call Your Name,” broke soon afterward.
“I had no reason to know it was coming, but I had to be the one to believe in myself and I just got lucky,” he said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.