Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vince Gill Gets His Due

The Grand Ole Opry is hosting a special concert to honor Vince Gill for 20 years as an Opry member. Or as Vince puts it, he'll be honored for being "part of a really special family for 20 years." As you might guess from my band's name, I'm partial to all things family. And I'm as excited as can be that members of Vince's musical family will be on hand to help honor him. The amazing Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, John Anderson and The Time Jumpers will all help celebrate Vince at the Opry on Saturday, August 13th at 7pm. In addition, members of his real life family, wife Amy Grant and daughter Jenny Gill will also be on hand to honor the man in their life. For those of you who are new to country (or too young to remember), here's a few highlights from Vince's career:
     22 Top 10 country singles
     over 22 millions records sold worldwide
     20 Grammy Awards (more than any other male country artist)
     18 CMA awards (more than any other artist)
     over 70 total music awards as a singer, musician, and songwriter
But just as impressive to me is the fact that Vince Gill still takes time to work with and encourage today's new country artists. That's what we mean when we talk about country music being one big family. And I hope Vince's family continues to grow!

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