Vince Gill and Amy Grant are celebrating 21 years of marriage today, March 10th. And to celebrate, Gill posted a sweet throwback photo of the two of them on his social media feed.
The two are one of Nashville’s power couples and didn’t get married until later in life. It was the second marriage for both. They have one daughter, together, Corinna. She was born two days after the couple’s first anniversary.
The two of them met in 1993. Vince Gill asked Amy Grant to perform in his first televised Christmas show in Tulsa, Okla. Gill’s career was hitting its beautiful high notes. He’d been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1991. By 1992, he enjoyed his first No. 1 single in I Still Believe in You. And he was doing the holiday special as part of his first Christmas album.
When Vince Gill met Amy Grant, he’d been married to his wife, Janis Oliver, since 1980. She was part of the country group Sweethearts of the Rodeo. They had a daughter.
Meanwhile, Amy Grant, when she met her future husband, also was enjoying a career crescendo. She was a Christian music star. But by 1993, she also was enjoying crossover success on the pop music scene. She’d already had a duet with Peter Cetera go to No. 1. But now she had a No. 1 single in Baby, Baby. She married Christian musician and host Gary Chapman in 1983. They were the parents of three children.
The two teamed up for a duet in 1994, singing House of Love.
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By all accounts, Gill and Grant had immediate chemistry.
“I knew from the tips of my toes that he was unlike anybody I had ever met,” Grant said. “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.'”
But they didn’t become a couple until years later. Grant said she read about Gill’s divorce in 1997. She separated from her husband in 1998. They were married two years later.
“It was hard,” Gill said. “The kids, the popularity of our lives, a lot of tongues waggin’.”
Rodney Crowell, a close friend of Gill’s, said of the couple:
“Sometimes one person in your life puts that final block in place, and you step into the ownership of who you are. That was a positive merging right there — two great, fun-loving, accessible people. They’re the perfect couple and parents, fully realized human beings and philanthropists. And there’s absolutely no pretension about them, which is very rare.”