Amy Grant is back for the 2018 CMA Country Christmas special hosted by Reba McEntire.
We caught up with the Grammy Award winning artist during taping for a few questions.
Stephanie Langston/News 2: What do you enjoy most about doing the Christmas special?
Amy Grant: Here’s the best thing about a night like this is all the shared dressing rooms. You know you get to be with people that you don’t normally tour with. Martina McBride and I are sharing a dressing room. Catching up on kids, you know, just talking life. And then all of the rehearsal time – it feels like a family reunion.
Stephanie: Do you all just love the spirit of [Christmas] as much as [we] feel when we hear your music?
Amy: I love trying to create magical experiences. First and foremost, for me to walk into and for the ones I love to walk into. Even if it’s not Christmas. You know, if we’re eating around the kitchen counter I’ll pull out a few cloth napkins. If I don’t have cloth napkins, I’ll pull out a few cup towels. I’ll light two candles when my daughter is having breakfast in the morning. It’s just, why not? Why not make something beautiful. To me Christmas is a time… it doesn’t matter what your background is… it’s like the whole country is saying, maybe the whole world is saying ‘buy this, tell this person you love them, make this special,’ but with music you can sneak it anywhere. On the radio, in the car and you can help create an environment that makes somebody go ‘that’s what I wanted to feel’ you know, ‘I wanted to feel hope. I wanted to feel togetherness.’ So, I love it yeah.
Stephanie: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?
Amy: Hands down continuing a recording, touring career, really without a break and being pregnant and giving birth in a rhythm. The last one was a caboose. But you know I always wanted to have a family and just to find the right people around me to help me manage all the responsibility, but yea, just to work pedal to the metal and go ‘okay this tour has got to end because I cannot zip up my dress any more’ and 5 months later welcome the next member of the family. That’s a juggle.
Stephanie: What would you like to accomplish that you haven’t yet?
Amy: Oh there [are] so many stories to tell and I’d like to write more. I hope the last chapter of life is most exciting because all these crazy threads of people you’ve met, or circles of influence, what if they all came together and then the things that really matter personally, you know, your personal passions, you could use all those things together and create some kind of an engine to help. I mean, I’m doing that in little ways, but hopefully I’ve got a few decades of that energy.
Stephanie: What’s your favorite thing to do in Nashville?
Amy: Wake up. (Laughs) Just to be home. We have great restaurants. Hearing music. And nowadays, honestly, have people come to town. I love having my friends come to town and just welcome them to my hometown. I grew up here. You could just literally just sit in traffic and watch it change. The cranes come and go.
Stephanie: What’s the first record you ever bought?
Amy: It was probably a Sonny and Cher record. See, I had a great record collection without buying any because I have three older sisters. So, I could borrow The Beatles, James Taylor… everything… early Elton John, Jethro Tull, Joni Mitchell, all those things were already there. But when I was in grade school Sonny and Cher had a TV show and I was like waiting on breasts, waiting on femininity and [Cher] was just funny and outlandish and yeah… that was the first concert I went to too.”
Host Reba McEntire will have an all-star cast of friends on stage, including Tony Bennett, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Amy Grant, Diana Krall, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Old Dominion, Brad Paisley, Michael W. Smith, Lindsey Stirling, The Isaacs, and Brett Young.
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