A Much Needed Day Off

Posted on: December 8th, 2008 by Amy Grant 33 Comments

To day we are in New Jersey. No show tonight.4:00am lobby call tomorrow morning (ughh!) to be on CBS This Morning…then Fox and Friends.

We got to the hotel about 1:45am this morning….after a 4 hour bus ride from Foxwoods….somewhere in Connecticut.
This road life is not for everyone, but it suits me just fine.
So on this much needed day off, I plan to do nothing but rest.
Four shows done.
Eleven to go.
All is well.
We are having so much fun with this all star band.
The band leader is John Hobbs, an dear friend of Vince's and mine.
He has been a much sought after studio musician since the mid 70's
Pat Coil is the other key board player in the band. We have done Christmas shows together since the early 90's.
For fun, just google any of these musicians to see their discography….you will be amazed.
The horn section is The Sapphire Blue Horns…made up of Mike Haynes, Barry Green, Mark Douthit,and Doug Moffat.
Vocals are Jenny Gill and Kim Keyes, and Billy Thomas…who also plays the drums.
The legendary Dave Hungate is playing bass.
Dean Parks is playing guitar….a musical hero to many of us on stage.
I hope everyone is getting rest.
We stayed up awfully late on the bus last night, playing Scrabble….and my favorite card game, Nertz.
Doesn't make a lot of sense to go to bed when you have to unload your bags in the middle of the night at the next hotel….so sometimes we just stay up.
It's a good way to get your days and nights completely backwards.
I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to bring some Christmas spirit to people across the country.
We do…and always will need each other.
Hope this day is peaceful at some point for each of you.
 
  • http://nortonstudio.wordpress.com/ Jen Norton

    Love to travel, but life on the road would just about kill me! So glad you crave it because I always enjoy when you come my way! Never heard of Nertz…something new to learn. :-)

  • http://joyinview.wordpress.com Amelia

    Hope the rest of your travels go well. I will look for you on the morning shows and continue to enjoy your day of rest!

  • http://profile.typekey.com/Jendy/ Jendy

    I’ve never heard of Nertz either…something to try out with friends on a night off. Can’t wait to see you in Bloomington, IL…first concert of yours that I have been to. Hope to attend more; I’ve heard they are wonderful. Good luck and stay safe on the road!

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzetoahc/royssite/ Roy

    Amy Grant on Fox And Friends that’s great. In a couple weeks it’s Christmas, my most favorite Christmas songs from you that you sing is Grown Up Christmas Wish and Sleigh Ride. You are the best Amy, you are my favorite female singer of all time!

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzetoahc/royssite/ Roy

    That’s Grown Up Christmas (List) not Wish, oh well, I’ll make a (wish) and am keepin it secret until Christmas! Haha!

  • Roberta

    Enjoy and savor each and every moment! All too soon it will be back to the “normal” grind and it will be a fleeting memory!!
    I absolutely adore “I Need a Silent Night”…Rings in my heart and soul all day long…AMEN!!!
    Peace and Hugs and Love,
    Roberta

  • http://www.generaldin.blogspot.com Michele

    We saw you Sunday night at Foxwoods. It was the first time I’d seen your Christmas show, and it was wonderful. When you sang “Breath of Heaven” was (for me) the best moment of the show. I love the way this song makes me think.
    My husband and I were thinking about how many times we’ve seen you in concert. About four or five times, the first being at the New York State Fair, back in the late 80′s. And it was so cold that night, that you actually sang some Christmas songs, with the crowd accompanying by jangling our car keys as makeshift sleigh bells.
    Good luck on the rest of the tour & I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas at the end!

  • Dawn

    Hey Amy, On the off chance that you ever read these posts, I just wanted to say, “Thank You!” for your continued dedication to your fans. It must be difficult not to see everything and everyone in your day as an obligation. From my perspective, you always manage to make people feel special. I know there is nothing I can say to make a difference since you don’t know me. So, I will just send a sincere ‘Thank you’ for always managing to make me smile. With Much Appreciation.

  • Skip Cleavinger

    Hi Amy!
    Just checking in… It is so much fun to see what you guys are up to. Please say hello to everyone for me, and give Pat Coil a big hug for me. I have not seen him in years, and I think the world of him. (Actually.. he may not even remember me that well, so the hug might not be the greatest idea… ha) David Hamilton will be glad to hear that Pat is out on the road with you, too. I’ll let him know when I see him in a couple of hours.
    We are on the Smitty Christmas adventure! We are in Denver tonight and off to Portland, Oregon tomorrow. The shows are going great. We are all well and feeling blessed to be able to do this.
    The best of luck with the rest of your shows, and have a wonderful, peaceful, restful Christmas.
    Continued blessings, Skip

  • Marilyn

    haven’t seen you in a couple of years, ahven’t had a chance to needlepoint anything for you either, sorry! but cannot wiat to see you at the DCU center, this time I bring my husband he has never seen you, it will be a thrill for him and put him in the spirit, thanks again for doing this and every thing else you do.
    God Bless Marilyn

  • Carrie Burlingame

    Hey Amy!
    Saw you in concert for the first time in the early 80′s in Indiana. It has been a joy to see how Abba is working in your life. God bless you with safe journeys and a soft pillow to rest your head when you are not singing or playing Nertz.
    Hugs,
    Carrie

  • Glenn Taylor

    Amy–Just listened to your podcast “Count Your Blessings”. You said you’ve never seen “White Christmas”. You HAVE to watch it THIS Christmas. You’ll LOVE it!!!!!! Do yourself a favor and make some hot chocolate. Tell everyone to leave you alone (except the ones you don’t want to leave you alone :) and sit down with a blanket and WATCH it. You’ll probably want to make another Christmas CD.

  • Rashana Opal Buttolph

    Dearest Amy,
    I was so excited to find out that you were going to be on the Early Morning show that I recorded it. You looked absolutely beautiful as always. Looks like also you finally got your well deserved rest that you needed since you have barely had a break since your LMO tour. I can’t wait till I get to come to one of your Christmas concerts. I am going to go to as many of your concerts whenever you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area. It seems like this is like you home away from home as this is where you did your very first Concert. I am also going to join your Fan Club and then I can meet you at one of your concerts and give you a huge hug. I want you to know you are my all time favorite singer out of all the singers that I like. I have been praying for your’s and Vince’s Tour and will continue to pray for y’alls (Texas talk for you alls) continued safety. Please be careful going through the snow and everything. Merry christmas. Love your #1 Fan Rashana Opal Buttolph

  • Pam and Meri

    Hi Amy and Vince, too.
    We were lucky enough to see your show Sunday night at MGM…Foxwoods…I held my breath the whole show waiting for “Breath of Heaven”…you didn’t let us down! Such great voices…what a gift you share with us. You and Vince should do more duets…Your voices together are magic.
    Looking forward to another tour. God bless.
    Pam and Meri, Julie & Steve

  • Stephanie

    Amy,
    Thanks to you, I was able to fulfill a lifetime dream of mine which was to be able to meet you, talk with you for a little bit and take my picture with you. The only other thing that could have made it any better would have been able to sing with you (even if it was at the sound check).
    The concert was absolutely awesome! It was so nice to see a husband and wife team that really and truly love each other, and show it! Thank you again for sharing your God-given talent with the rest of us!!

  • Dodie Williams

    I have tried to buy tickets to the Nashville Christmas concert with Vince. All the tickets have been bought up by ticket scalpers and are now selling for over $200 apiece for the worst seats in the house, over $300 for the ones which are decent. My mentally retarded daughter, who Amy has called backstage, has been a fan for years. Amy has even called her on the phone once, and written personal notes to her. Carol was looking forward to seeing this concert but I am on disability income. I can’t afford $600 for seats to that concert. I don’t know if there are any seats available for the Nashville concert, but I would greatly appreciate it if someone could intervene to get us some tickets at a decent price. Carol can’t handle balcony and steps very well as she has severe balance problems. Please help us. To place Carol, she has been a member of the fan club for a long time. She has a standup of Amy in her group home room and it has been there for about 10 to 12 years. Amy called her at the group home about 10 years ago and this was one of the highlights of Carol’s life. Carol was invited backstage at the Athens Tennessee concert at the college there last fall. Her brother sat in front of Amy at a Vince Gill concert before they got married and Amy wrote her a note on Bryan’s napkin. He framed it and gave it to her for Christmas and she has it on her dresser to this day. I am not looking forward to telling her we can’t go because the tickets were all bought up the day they went on sale by scalpers and tickets are all too expensive for her to afford.

  • Ryan

    G’morning Amy!!
    I’m glad you’re having a good time on the road! It must be difficult but I hope you get your sleep while traveling. That is the most difficult part for me. Usually when I travel I’m too excited to sleep well. I wish I could see you this year for the Christmas show; however, I will see you on your next tour. Be safe on the road and you, Vince and your band are in my prayers.
    Love,
    Ryan

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/jakebertrand Jake

    Being on the road sounds fun the way you describe it. Thanks for taking the time to bring Christmas spirit to us all – and reminding us what this time of year is all about. Blessings!

  • http://emphasisonmoms.blogspot.com Dionna

    Oh – I love Nertz too! But I haven’t played it in years because hubby refuses to. He always wins and everyone gets mad at him. HA HA

  • cindy

    Can’t wait to see you tonight in Baltimore. Thank God it’s warm or this rain would be snow. You really don’t need to travel in that mess. Bringing 5 of my 6 kids. My prayers are with you on the road. Be safe.
    Cindy

  • Catherine

    Amy, Thank you for a wonderful experience at the West Point concert. My family and I have been listening to your holiday songs for years. “Breath of Heaven is my sons favorite song, and “Grown Up Christmas List” always makes me cry. Your songs always bring so many wonderful family memories to mind. God bless you and your family, and have a joyous holiday.

  • Kathy Kinter Phelps

    Hi Amy,
    Sorry to hear about the grueling schedule that tour life brings..sounds like you are somewhat accustomed to it. Brings new meaning to your song “I Need A Silent Night” I bet. This fan truly appreciates your going on the road this time of year and sacrificing your home life so that we may enjoy and be lifted through your Christmas music. My husband Nelson and my 10 year old daughter Haley will be in the audience tonight in Baltimore, MD. Too bad it’s raining here today.. makes for yucky travel and frizzy hair :(
    Thank you and Vince again for sharing the holiday season with your fans.
    Merry Christmas, Kathy Phelps, Maryland

  • Cindy2

    The show at MGM in Conn. was great. We’ve been to many of Amy’s concerts and Christmas shows. We’ve even travelled to distant states! She never disappoints. So nice to see her with Vince. They look so relaxed and happy. Glad we were able to furnish them with a little snow when they arrived. Was there really an accident? Anyway, loved the show. Merry Christmas to all.

  • Karl

    My wife and I have tickets for your show in Worcester, MA this Friday. My sister and her husband also have tickets. This is the first show of any kind that my sister Karen ever attended…hard to believe. Unfortunately she won’t make it. She has been hospitialized with lung cancer. Please think about her and maybe say a little prayer. She is the best big sister ever!

  • http://www.elianajoy.blogspot.com Jackie Sue

    You’ve been my favorite singer for the last 27+ years….and you play NERTZ!!! Wow! That’s fun….let’s meet for a game in Heaven…want to? :) Hope your tour continues to go well. God Bless you and yours.

  • Joe

    Hi Amy and Vince! You were awesome in Baltimore on Wednesday night. Not only did you put me into the Christmas spirit, but I was so uplifted by your words and the way that you interact with each other. There were two parts of the concert that I thought were truly moving. First, while Vince was singing Give Me Jesus, I loved the way that you put your hand on the small of his back to share in the moment and strengthen him. It was so simple and yet so moving of a gesture. Second, I brought my friend who is a quadriplegic to the concert. He’s been a little down this year because of health issues, and he’s never seen you perform. A couple of times during the concert, I looked at him and he was mesmerized with a big smile on his face and nodding his head with the music. Afterward, he told me that it made him forget about his world for a while to be so caught up in the moment. Thanks for giving him that simple bit of peace for Christmas. May God travel with you and keep you safe!

  • Nancy Howard

    Dear Amy:
    I had attended your recent show at Foxwoods, not because I am a “high roller” but more so a “Holy roller”. : ) Sitting there watching you and your husband perform was an amazing experience especially because I am married to a musician who is a professor here in my hometown of Boston at Berklee College of Music in the Contemporary Writing and Production department. I also have two children who attend Berklee, Gabriella and Jordan. My daughter Gabriella who would love to pursue a career in Christian music, is inspired by both you and your husband Vince. Thank you for bringing the true meaning of Christmas to your show. I wish you many blessings.
    PS: If you’re ever in Boston, please feel free to visit Berklee College of Music. : )
    Nancy Howard

  • http://www.playnertz.com/ Dustin

    Hi Amy! Wow, A celeb that actually knows about Nertz! That is sooo cool! Good luck with the rest of your tour. =) If your interested you should google the National Nertz Association. You might get a kick out of that. Anyways, Keep up the good work. – Dustin

  • http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/momto4beauties Heather Barnhart

    Amy,
    I happened upon your blog just by chance. What a wonderful surprise! I have listened to your music since I was 11, having been given one of your first concert tapes by a ‘secret santa’ at church. I had no idea there was such a thing as Christian music until then! (at least other than hymnals at church, that is) lol! I have been an adoring fan ever since. Your music carried me through many times in my life…both good and bad, as each song seemed to speak to my heart in some way whether about God or just life in general. You have a true gift and wanted to let you know how very much I have appreciated your music over the years. It even inspired me to sing and take music in college. Now, I am 34 and the mother to four beautiful girls who also love your music, as I play it often, along with many of my favorite artists. Thank you so much. I wish you and your hubby a very Merry Christmas! God bless and take care.
    In Him,
    Heather

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0105365af598970b/ Lisa

    Hi Amy, well i missed the concert at the foxwoods mgm,in conn. My birthday was on the 6th of december my kids tried to get tickets fot me to go ,but thry were sold out. hope some day i get to see you! HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! Lisa

  • http://www.kiralisa.com Lisa Thomas

    Hi!
    I am sitting here at home watching an interview with you on a program called Faith & Fame. You just finished describing your childhood and what you were like growing up and it sounded so much like our 9 year old that it made me smile. She loves to write so much, I’ve even help her set up her own blog. (oliviathomas.wordpress.com if you’re interested)
    I am so proud of her and am sure your parents are of you! Just thought I’d share this funny little moment in the Thomas house tonight.

  • http://www.shaungroves.com/shlog Shaun Groves

    Now see, I thought Nertz was a Texas thing. I’ve never known anyone outside of Texas who played it. I’m a bit of an addict myself. Good to know God’s gift to solitaire players has spread to those beyond the Lone Star State.

  • Missy

    Oh my goodness, I love nertz! My family and I played it all the time growing up! Now I taught all my sisters in law and we have a blast!

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