Vince Gill and Amy Grant are perhaps one of country music’s strongest, powerhouse couple. Having been blissfully married for 17 years now, we can only imagine all the hardships they had to go through together to have gotten this far.
Prior to getting married in March of 2000, Gill and Grant first met each other near the end of 1993. At that time, Gill asked Grant to perform in his first-ever televised Christmas special. From there, the two started a strong, solid, and lasting friendship. They were also both unaware that their blossoming friendship would, later on, grow into a deeper bond.
Aside from Amy’s appearance on Gill’s Christmas special, the two also performed together in a few other concerts during Christmas time that year. The more time they spent together, the more Grant realized that Vince was someone unlike anybody she had ever met.” I was just so overwhelmed by him as a person that I finally came up behind him and wrapped my arms around him and said, ‘I’ve needed to do this all night.’”
Meanwhile, Gill began writing songs that were a little obviously inspired by Amy Grant. From ‘When Love Finds You’ and ‘Whenever You Come Around’, Vince already knew that they were both crazy for each other. He realized it despite his initial and incessant denial amongst his friends. Of course, because they were still both married then, he was also hit by the harsh reality that the path to their own love story could be one stormy and seemingly impossible journey ahead.
You can say that both Grant and Gill had been living parallel lives even before they became friends. They were both married to fellow musicians, and both their first marriages did not turn out as good as they wanted it to be. Disclosing a bit of clarification on her divorce with ex-husband Gary Chapman, Grant tells CCM Magazine, “I didn’t get a divorce because ‘I had a great marriage and then along came Vince Gill.’ Gary and I had a rocky road from day one. I think what was so hard—and this is (what) one of our counselors said—sometimes an innocent party can come into a situation, and they’re like a big spotlight. What they do is reveal, by comparison, the painful dynamics that are already in existence.”
Amy divorced Chapman in 1999, while Vince had left his first wife, country band Sweethearts of the Rodeo’s Janis Oliver 2 years earlier in 1997. A couple of months after Amy and Gary’s divorce, she and Vince Gill finally came out in public and revealed their dating status.
But things didn’t go easily at the beginning of their union. The marriage was hard for their children to accept, especially since their separation with the kids’ parents was still fresh in their minds and hearts. The couple then vowed to each other that they will love each other well, in any home, blended or not. “Vince’s love has empowered me to be a better mom.” Amy adds. They strongly believed that if they, as man and wife are able to love each other well, then they will have better chances of becoming great parents.
Vince and Amy decided to give the kids space, especially for Amy’s younger kids. Vince would routinely visit them and spend quality time with them. As he slowly entered the picture, the couple were also keen on discussing any issues that the kids would encounter. Thanks to their relaxed and level-headed approach, their families finally united and bonded as one big, happy family.
Now seventeen years into their marriage, Vince Gill and Amy Grant are still such experts at striking a balance between quality family time and maintaining their own careers.
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