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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 www.amygrant.com and www.vincegill.com.  Enjoy!!!

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