Gill and Grant Tee Off for Charity

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Vince Gill and Amy Grant hosted the 10th annual Vinny pro-celebrity golf tournament Tuesday (May 7). Twenty-six celebrity-led teams played the Roper’s Knob course at the Legends Club of Tennessee in Franklin, Tenn. As the celebrities moved about the course, some talked with CMT about upcoming projects

Gill warned that his golf game might be a little rusty. “I’ve been working in the studio making a new record.” Of the upcoming album he said, “I’m just the same guy writing some new songs. It’s fun just trying to make a better record than I did last time.” Gill also co-produced his wife’s upcoming album, Legacy … Hymns & Faith, which celebrates Grant’s 25 years in Christian music.

Singer Mark Wills ’ team tied for second (58) behind the team led by Seinfeld’s Barney Martin (Morty). While loosening up on the driving range under the watchful eye of LPGA tour player Tonya Gill, Wills, who has been on a short hiatus, said he’s eager to get busy touring and recording again. “We’re getting ready to go back in the studio before much longer and record the fifth record, so that’s a cool thing in its own right. To be doing your fifth album, that’s a great feeling.”

Other celebrities in the tournament included Diamond Rio ’s Brian Prout, comedian T. Bubba Bechtol, actor-comedian George “Goober” Lindsey, Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel and Tennessee Titans’ coach Jeff Fisher and tight end Frank Wycheck.

Newly signed Arista Nashville artist Deana Carter headed back to the studio after completing her round of golf. Before leaving, she told she is co-producing her new album with Dann Huff (SHeDAISY , Lonestar ). All the cuts are written or co-written by Carter. A single will be released around the end of June. Carter lives in Los Angeles and is looking at possible movie roles.

T. Graham Brown also will have a new album out this summer. One of the songs, “Bag of Bones,” written by Guy Clark and Gary Nicholson, is a duet with George Jones . This will be Brown’s first album since 1998.

Since 1993, the Vinny has raised nearly $3 million for Tennessee Junior Golf and youth programs for kids across Tennessee. This is the third year the tournament has partnered with the LPGA tournament. The Franklin, Tenn., club is host to the Aerus Electrolux USA Championship.

Bill Conger contributed to this story.

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