Chatting with Amy

Originally published in Ocala Style, October 2011 •

Multi-platinum recording artists Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith bring their popular “2 Friends Tour” to Florida in late October. Amy took time from her hectic schedule to answer a few questions about the tour which generated sold-out shows from California to New York last spring.

Mary Ann:  You met gospel singer Michael W. Smith 30 years ago, and he was on your first major tour in 1982. How is touring together now different from those early years?

Amy:  I feel totally comfortable. I love singing with him and I’m never wary about going where he wants to go creatively or spiritually. Michael is so good-hearted and open. It feels as familiar as extended family because he knows me and my whole family. Apart from our work, we’ve gone through many seasons together and that’s a wonderful feeling.

Mary Ann: You’ve both had very successful solo careers. How did the “2 Friends Tour” come about?

Amy:  It was kind of a fluke. Our promoter just happened to book us on the same night in an outdoor amphitheatre in Detroit in the summer of 2010. The concert was so enjoyable that we literally took our calendars back to the dressing room and said, “Okay, when are you free?” And then we started the tour last February. It was very serendipitous.

Mary Ann You have an amazing number of tour dates this year, including an upcoming Christmas tour with your husband singer Vince Gill. How do you personally keep from feeling overwhelmed by all the travel and commitments?

Amy Grant | "Chatting with Amy" by Mary Ann DeSantis | Originally published in Ocala Style, October 2011 | Photo courtesy of Amy GrantAmy:  I think it helps to realize that work and different projects have cycles and patterns. You know an end is in sight. And I really enjoy what I do. I’m extremely busy touring this fall, but I’ll be home in January and will be working in our home studio. When I’m home, I look for opportunities to be with our youngest daughter, Corrina. In fact, just last night, she and I camped out in our driveway after I arrived home from Salt Lake City. We took sleeping bags and were together all night in that little space which gave us time to talk and listen to music. The older we get, the things we took for granted earlier in life are so much more precious…like taking a long walk or a bike ride. All those things seem to be more fun the older we get.

Mary Ann In your book, Mosaic, you write about your childhood summers in Florida. What other connections to Florida do you have?

Amy: I have great memories of my parent’s condo on Lido Beach near Sarasota. I cannot count all the hours I spent searching for seashells. My parents sold that place years ago, but one of my daughters is in college in the St. Pete area so I get down there a couple of times a year.

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The 2 Friends Tour:

Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater • Ticket Info:  727.791.7400 or

Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center •

Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m. Calgary Assembly, Winter Park •

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