Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith to get festive in Denver

By Jen Mulson Updated: November 13, 2017 at 9:00 am • Published: November 10, 2017 0

The holidays make singer Amy Grant sit up and take notice.

"It's everyone's invitation to just be mindful in a more intentional way of how we love each other, the gifts we've been given, the people who are the most disenfranchised," she said from her hometown of Nashville.

The Grammy Award-winning contemporary Christian pop artist will pair once again with fellow Grammy-winning contemporary Christian singer songwriter Michael W. Smith on a national symphony Christmas tour. Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC's "The Voice," also will be along for the ride. The show will make a stop at Colorado Convention Center's Bellco Theatre in Denver on Monday.

"Our friendship allows us to create a very sitting-around-the-living-room kind of feeling," said Grant, who's known Smith since attending Vanderbilt University in Nashville. "I enjoy being part of shows where I don't feel like every moment is scripted."

The show features the three performers singing classic and original tunes off their latest holiday albums - Michael W. Smith's "The Spirit of Christmas" and Jordan Smith's "'Tis the Season" - with the help of a full symphony.

Grant's latest album, last year's "Tennessee Christmas," features classics such as "White Christmas," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

But she also touches on the loneliness people can feel around the holidays in "Melancholy Christmas."

"All of us feel that way sometimes," she said. "Through my music, I try to help myself and other people feel not so alone.

"I'm doing what I love most, and still sometimes get my legs knocked out from underneath me by the circumstances of life or just missing somebody so much or all the things you can't control. So I wrote and included songs on the record that weren't all zip-a-dee-doo-dah."

The singer is famous for making the crossover from Christian music to pop music in the 1980s and '90s. She's won six Grammys, 26 Dove Awards, had six No. 1 hits and sold more than 30 million records around the world.

Smith is no slouch, either, with more than 15 million albums sold worldwide, 32 No. 1 hits, three Grammys and 45 Dove Awards.

Last month, Grant, country singer husband Vince Gill, and other country musicians held a vigil in Nashville for the victims of the Las Vegas massacre.

Music is the way Grant said she believes she can serve the greater good and help people cope with traumatic events.

She wrote the 1991 song "Ask Me" for a friend who endured a decade of sexual abuse as a child.

"I could look out over the audience, and solitary figures would be standing all over," Grant said about performing the single. "I felt like they were saying, 'This is my story.'

"Music helps us to be seen, especially the heartfelt, sadder songs. You go, 'I'm not the only person who feels that way.'

"The right song at the right time can work wonders."

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