Amy Grant made a special appearance at Tucson’s Fox Theatre on Feb. 7. It was special for many reasons. Grant is not presently on tour so she flew in from Nashville for this show only. She mentioned that she did not know what Tucson fans wanted to hear, so she decided to fill the set with songs that she wanted to sing. Grant is famous for composing and singing songs of love, loss, faith and living in the moment. Grant performed a two-hour set with a short intermission in spite of recovering from the flu. No one in the crowd was disappointed.
Grant is touted as pop music's most successful Christian artist. She released her first album at age 16. Grant has garnered six Grammy Awards and multiple Dove Awards over the years.
Grant possesses the gift of storytelling much like her husband, Vince Gill. She shared her airport experience early this a.m. During her layover in Dallas, a lady approached her after getting on the Skylink to change terminals. Even though she likes to observe people in public places, she was not in the mood to talk. She likes her space. A lady that was sitting in the seat across from her, got up, held up her boarding card as she approached Grant so no one could hear what she had to say. People approach her to talk all the time. Grant said, “She leaned down and said, ‘Check your zipper.’ My fly was wide open. Suddenly she was my best friend. That was maybe the nicest thing anyone had done for me in a long time.”
While swapping guitars, she spoke of her relationship with her husband. “My husband has a love of Martin guitars. He never met a ‘Martin’ he didn’t like.” “Vince likes everything in perfection especially when it comes to music. If I can have a ball of twine, a pair of scissors and a roll of duct tape, I can pretty much work anything out. We are the yin/yang of perfection. We see each other’s modus operandi from a great distance and it gives us a lot of appreciation on how the other survives.” This was the introduction to “Our Time Is Now.”
The songs seemed to be the stories of her life. Most of us musically challenged folk keep photo albums or scrapbooks to memorialize our lives. Grant writes songs that seem to do the same thing. “Saved By Love” was inspired by her sister who is a genius at fixing things. “Baby Baby” was written for her daughter when she was six weeks old. That daughter is now living in New York and she is engaged to be married. Grant’s cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” was inspired by the great songwriters of our lifetime.
Grant performed a short acoustic set of “Father’s Eyes” and “Somewhere Down the Road.” It was very apparent that she knows how to play a ‘mean’ Martin guitar without the other members of the band. The band was stellar. Grant introduced drummer, Greg Morrow, as being with her since the beginning of her career. Gene Miller on guitar could extract almost any sound from his instrument and all the sounds were great. Jonathan Hamby on keyboards had the perfect touch while Kim Keyes played harmonica and provided background vocals. Keyes was able to do a couple of lead vocals when Grant’s voice failed. That only happened twice, but Keyes was right there. Overall, this show was a real crowd pleaser as evidenced by the shouts of love from the fans during the show and the standing ovations. For a complete set list, please click here.