Amy Grant and Vince Gill will once again delight audiences and unite for a holiday tour”Simply Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill.’ The 15-city event, which runs from Dec. 1 to Dec. 19, will also feature comedian Henry Cho. Backing Gill and Grant on the tour will be the renowned Nashville Chamber Orchestra (NCO).
Grant and Gill have each headlined their own holiday tours, as well as launching their very successful first joint Christmas tour in 2001. As solo artists, their Christmas albums have been bestsellers with a combined total of over 9 million records. Gill’s include Let There Be Peace On Earth and Breath Of Heaven. Grant’s top Christmas titles are Home For Christmas, A Christmas Album and A Christmas To Remember. During his distinguished recording career, Gill has sold over 22 million records, won 16 Grammys and 18 Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice. Gill has had a busy year. In addition to his own tour dates, he has also been touring the country as part of the first Grand Ole Opry American Road Show, with fellow Opry members Patty Loveless and the Del McCoury Band. Additionally, The Notorious Cherry Bombs, a Nashville super-group that includes Gill, Rodney Crowell and Tony Brown among others, has re-united. Although they first began working together in the late 1970s, the Notorious Cherry Bombs just released their first CD (self-titled), and it has met with rave reviews. The group has also released a single and a video and has made a few exclusive appearances.
With sales of over 22 million albums to her credit, Amy Grant is one of pop music’s most prolific artists. Her seventeen albums to date have garnered numerous awards, including 5 Grammy Awards and 22 Dove Awards, plus additional nominations from the MTV Awards and the American Music Awards. Songs like ‘Baby, Baby,’ ‘Next Time I Fall,’ and ‘Takes A Little Time’ have firmly established Grant as a pop powerhouse. These hits, as well as other songs from her rich catalog, were released October 12 on Greatest Hits, 1986-2000. Grant has also begun work on a second Hymns project, again, to be co-produced by husband Gill.
Henry Cho, who is Korean American, was born in Knoxville, TN and went into stand-up comedy in 1986. Among his credits are as a regular guest/comedian on ‘The Tonight Show,’ ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ NBC’s ‘Bob Hope’s Young Comedians Special,’ MTV’s ‘1/2 Hour Comedy Hour’ and VH-1’s ‘Stand-up Spotlight.’ Cho has been a friend of Gill and Grant for a number of years and has participated in Gill’s annual charity golf event The Vinny. Cho is currently working on an ABC Television sitcom of which he is the creator.
NCO has come to be recognized as one of America’s most creative and innovative orchestras. Under the leadership of founder and music director Paul Gambill, the extraordinary music making of this ensemble has heralded a steady stream of national media attention. The NCO has commissioned and premiered 26 works by American composers in the past six years.
‘Simply Christmas with Amy Grant and Vince Gill’ tour dates:
Dec. 2 Baton Rouge, LA Riverside Centroplex
Dec. 3 Beaumont, TX Ford Pavilion
Dec. 4 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
Dec. 6 San Antonio, TX SBC Center
Dec. 7 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Dec. 9 Topeka, KS Kansas Expocentre
Dec. 10 Peoria, IL Civic Center Arena
Dec. 11 Ames, IA Hilton Coliseum
Dec. 12 Madison, WI Kohl Center
Dec. 14 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
Dec. 16 Florence, SC Florence Civic Center
Dec. 17 North Charleston, SC No. Charleston Coliseum
Dec. 18 Kissimmee, FL Silver Spurs Arena
Dec. 19 Ft Lauderdale, FL Office Depot Center
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