Vince Gill & Amy Grant: Tennesseans of the Year

By Brad Schmitt, For The Tennessea

As a child in the 1960s, Amy Grant remembers a single pregnant woman staying with her family.

Through a church-run program, “unwed mothers were just put in homes. That was a different time,” said the lifelong Nashvillian.

Grant saw her parents’ care and concern for others from a young age. She also remembers her family bringing in a foster child when the girl was only 7, a girl the family tried, but failed, to adopt. “My mother loved people,” Grant said simply.

Grant’s husband Vince Gill loves his mother, but he concedes he might’ve been a bit more self-centered as a child than his bride.

“My mom tells the story — I was a typical kid and she was harping on me all the time to cut the grass, cut the grass. And I never would,” Gill said. “And she said, ‘One day, I’m minding my own business and I hear the lawnmower start. And I thought, it’s finally got to him. He’s going to go cut the grass.’ She said the lawnmower was on for about two minutes and it was off again.

“I went out and cut about three strips in the yard to hit golf balls, so I could have a tighter lie,” said the avid golfer, laughing.

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