Yearly Archives: 2008

It’s Definitely Christmastime… Amy Grant & Vince Gill Style!

Yes, if you have the chance to attend this year’s Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill concert, then take the kids — even take Mom and Dad, or Grandma and Grandpa as the case may be — ’cause the whole family will be in for a real holiday music treat.  I had the opportunity to catch up with the Christmas Tour in Baltimore last night (Wednesday), and the two-hour show consisted of truly top-notch vocal performances by both artists.

Although the set list may vary somewhat from city to city, Amy Grant fans are likely to hear Amy feature her new song, “I Need A Silent Night” from her latest Christmas CD “Amy Grant: The Christmas Collection”, as well as magnificent performances of “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” and “Heirlooms”.

For Vince Gill fans, Vince’s signature version of “O Holy Night” is likely to bring the entire audience to  a standing ovation — as it did in Baltimore.  And Vince’s performance of a song he wrote about his brother’s passing, “It Won’t Be the Same This Christmas“, is sure to tug at your emotions, as it’s a perfect example of how music and lyrics can often touch our hearts intensely when we let them.

Together, Amy and Vince performed an outstandingly sultry version of “Baby, It’s Christmas” during the main show and then switched to a more spiritual-styled duet with “Give Me Jesus“, one of 4 encore numbers Wednesday evening.  There’s also a wonderful blend of familiar Christmas songs throughout the show that are sure to please the entire family.

Unlike prior Christmas shows that included a near-complete orchestra on stage, this year’s show takes a more “casual” approach to the music accompaniment.  But less can, indeed, be more.  And this ensemble of top-notch musicians, including a fabulous horn section, proves exactly that.   In addition, Kim Keyes along with Vince’s daughter, Jenny Gill, provided solid background vocals throughout the evening.  Much like Amy’s “Time Again” concerts in Fort Worth, Texas in April 2006 that celebrated her 25 years of concert performances, this year’s Christmas concert attempts to create the warmth and casual ambience of being invited into the artists’ home rather than a formal concert venue.  And it works!!!

Here are 25 images from Wednesday evening’s show in Baltimore, starting with a few that highlight Amy on the set with its brilliantly lit stars, Christmas trees, and super-sized Christmas ornaments as a backdrop:

And a lovely close-up of Amy, featuring her signature smile…

Here’s Vince having a little fun with the audience…

Followed by a few images of Vince working his magic on guitar.  It goes without saying that just about anytime Vince picks up a guitar, you’re in for some fabulous guitar sounds.

And of course, Vince’s vocals were in top-notch form too…

And I couldn’t help but capture Amy admiring Vince’s singing and terrific guitar work as well…

And here’s Amy on guitar for Tennessee Christmas…

Followed by Amy dancing her way through the intro of an upbeat “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”…

Amy and Vince teaming up for a duet, singing a fabulously sultry version of “Baby, It’s Christmas“.  If you closed your eyes and just listened, you’d swear you were inside an intimate Jazz Club setting for this one — thanks to great vocals and wonderful instrumentals…

And here’s a terrific sequence of images capturing the intensity with which Amy performs “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)“.  I can still hear Amy’s voice throughout this emotionally moving, contemporary Christmas song each time I look at these images…

One of the evening’s encore performances included a duet by Amy and Vince singing “Give Me Jesus”…

Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill completes a run through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic this week, then heads South and to the Midwest next week before concluding in Nashville with two shows Dec 22-23.  The tour’s complete schedule can be seen at and  Enjoy!!!

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Amy Grant Delights Fans at Local Area Venues

It’s not everyday that we’re presented with a special chance to walk down memory lane.  But this past weekend, local Amy Grant fans had a unique opportunity to relive memories from 1988 with Amy’s music – live!  For those who’ve followed Amy’s musical career, it’s hard to believe 20 years have elapsed since the release of her Lead Me On CD in 1988 along with the tour by the same name.

I had the opportunity to attend the afternoon soundcheck and evening concert on Friday, November 21st at the Community Theatre in Morristown, NJ.  And the event was terrific… awesome… superb!!!  The venue seats just under 1,300 people, so it’s a relatively intimate setting for a concert — not too small, yet not so large that you’re dealing with crowds and traffic jams.

Amy re-united her band ensemble from the original Lead Me On tour for this 20th Anniversary Tour, and the years have been VERY kind to both Amy and the very talented band members.  Together, they sounded awesome — and the music did, in fact, magically transport you back 20 years if you let it.  Perhaps part of the magic came from the fact that the show’s set list didn’t comprise the normal fare of Amy’s pop hits like “Baby, Baby” and “Lucky One”… but rather it included songs representing an earlier era of Amy’s career — songs which she hasn’t typically performed “live” in concert since the 1980′s, including “Lead Me On”, “Angels Watching Over Me”, “Love of Another Kind”, and one of my favorites, “Say Once More”.  The show also featured a segment previewing some new songs that Amy plans to record in the studio during early 2009.  Brilliant pieces!!!

Amy looked stunning on stage, and for those of you who were there, the following 15 images will hopefully conjure up memories of a wonderful evening.  For those of you who missed the three shows in our “local” area this past weekend, I hope these images do justice in conveying the many faces of an artist who has very much developed into a seasoned professional at home with herself and her music — while successfully entertaining her fans with a wonderful walk down memory lane with this series of concerts.  Enjoy!!!

First, a set of 8 images in color… starting with one of my favorites of the evening:

And since Amy was dressed in black for the entire show (which included a near 30-minute set of encore performances), here is a set of 7 images that capture Amy’s expressions throughout the evening with the simplicity of black-and-white imagery:

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Three C.B. East Seniors Firm Up Plans for College LAX

We always love to share great news about students in the school organizations we photograph, and this week we send our congratulations to three C.B. East seniors who’ve recently signed letters of intent to play college lacrosse: Adam Bitzer at St. Johns University, Matt Hughes at Towsen University and Zack Sharman at Providence College.

C.B. East students, families and friends have enjoyed our Lacrosse coverage since Spring 2005… so we pulled a few images of Adam, Matt and Zack from our archives in honor of their recent scholarship signings:

Adam, from 2007/2008:

Matt, from 2008:

Zack, from 2007/2008:

We wish Adam, Matt and Zack the very best in their future lacrosse careers, and we hope to capture some great high school senior moments this Spring during their final season as C.B. East teammates.   Congratulations once again to all three gentlemen along with their families!!!

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Amy Grant To Conclude “Lead Me On 20th Anniversary Tour” in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Hey Amy Grant fans,

Amy will be concluding her Lead Me On 20th Anniversary Tour in our local area this month, before hitting the road again in December for a 2008 Christmas Concert Tour with her husband and country music favorite, Vince Gill.

Following a run of venues through the Midwest during the middle of November, the last 3 dates of the 20th Anniversary Tour will bring Amy to our area on November 20th in Hershey,PA (Hershey Theatre); November 21st in Morristown, NJ (Community Theatre); and November 22nd in Upper Darby, PA (Tower Theatre). Check out the widget below for more information and a special message from Amy.

We hope to capture some great “in-concert” images of Amy when she’s in our area, so stay tuned for an updated blog posting. Meanwhile, here are a few in-concert images of Amy during her 2006 visit to Altoona, PA and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (We’ve also included these in the flash-header of our blog as well.) Although the last two have a studio-quality appearance to them, they were captured live in concert while Amy was singing an encore performance of “If These Walls Could Speak”. The last image in this set of 4 was created to produce a vintage — and timeless — Hollywood glamour look and has become one of my absolute all-time favorite images.  Enjoy!!!

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Patriots / Titans Football: C.B. South Wins “Central Bucks Sweep” for 2008

The Titans held on to a first-half, 14-6 lead and defended against a strong, late-4th-quarter drive by the Patriots to grab this year’s Central Bucks football honors.  The Titans and Patriots both finished the 2008 season with overall 4-6 records,  but C.B. South grabbed victories over both their Central Bucks rivals — C.B. East (4-6 overall, 3-4 SOL) and C.B. West (3-7 overall, 2-5 SOL) — completing a Central Bucks “sweep”.

We certainly enjoyed capturing memorable “Friday Night Football” moments for both the Titans and Patriots this year.  And we trust that both teams — along with their respective cheerleading and marching band organizations — have enjoyed our photography as much as we’ve enjoyed creating action-packed images for their families and friends to enjoy for years to come.  For families interested in creating your very own Personal Sports Yearbook containing our exclusive images, please contact the studio or call us at 215-340-7552.

We’ll post a complete set of images from Friday night’s East/South game in both the C.B. East Varsity Football 2008 Season and C.B. South Varsity Football 2008 Season photo galleries in a few days.  Meanwhile, enjoy a few “Halloween Night” image previews below:

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