Vince Gill and Amy Grant perform in Beaver Creek Sunday |

Vince Gill and Amy Grant perform in Beaver Creek Sunday

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Amy Grant became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record.
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BEAVER CREEK — One of the highlights of the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s summer series this year takes place Sunday at 8 p.m. with “An Acoustic Evening with Vince Gill and Amy Grant.”

Gill and Grant, who were engaged in Beaver Creek before marrying back in 2000, come to Beaver Creek for a special evening outside of their regular tour schedules. Tickets for this one-off concert are $155/$185 (based on seating) and are currently sold out, but the Vilar Center Box Office is keeping a waiting list. More information is available by phone at 970-845-8497.

Gill is one of country music’s greatest success stories and has enjoyed a number of chart topping hits and albums, as well as awards, since signing with RCA Records in 1983 and moving to Nashville to pursue his dream of being a country music artist.

Gill has sold more than 26 million albums, earned 18 CMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994, and is tied with George Strait for having won the most CMA Male Vocalist Awards (five). He is currently third only to George Strait and Brooks and Dunn for accumulating the most CMA Awards in history. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and has received 20 Grammy Awards to date, the most of any male Country artist.

Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name.

Grant has earned six Grammy Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards as well as three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums.

“We have been trying to book either of these artists separately for a number of years and just could not get the timing right,” said Kris Sabel, executive director for the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “We were able to secure not one but both of them on stage together, and we are nothing short of thrilled. This is not part of a tour but a special engagement with the two of them. It will be an acoustic evening which will sound incredible in the intimacy of the VPAC.”

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