Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas Offers Comfort and Joy

“It Made Me Aware of How Powerful Music Can Be”

This week marks the end of one of Amy Grant’s busiest holiday seasons in recent memory. Over the weekend, she completed a two-month symphony tour with Michael W. Smith and Jordan Smith. Her four-week Christmas at the Ryman residency in Nashville with husband Vince Gill wraps Thursday (Dec. 22).

At the time of our interview, she was brewing a fresh pot of coffee to get caffeinated for another Ryman show later that evening.

“Every night it’s just such fun music,” she said over the phone. “Even if you’re tired, by the time the night is kicking off, everybody is game and good to go. It’s really been fun.”

Of course, she’s a total professional who has been making music for more than 30 years. Her latest collection, Tennessee Christmas, is a 42-minute holiday pickin’ party of acoustic favorites and new originals. Recorded mostly at her home studio with producers Shane McAnally, Marshall Altman and Ed Cash, each of the 13 songs is as cozy as a night in by the fireplace on a cold winter’s night.

“The other Christmas records that were more cinematic. You know, big productions,” she said. “The idea we all shared was, ‘Let’s make this energy appropriate for an audience of one. So even if it’s gangbusters energy, it wouldn’t feel overplayed if it were just heard by one person.’ Everything feels like it happened in the same space at the same time even though it happened during crazy scheduling.”

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