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 19-city event, which runs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 22, will also feature comedian Henry Cho. Backing Gill and Grant on the tour will be the renowned Nashville Chamber Orchestra.
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 nine 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 15 Grammy's and 18 Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year twice. Prized for his charm and quick-wittedness, Gill has hosted the top-rated CMA Awards television special for the past eleven years and is set to preside over the 2003 awards show on Nov. 5. In Feb. 2003, Gill released his 11th album for MCA Records, the critically acclaimed Next Big Thing. Self-produced, the album featured 17 new tracks, all written or co-written by Gill and featured the hit singles "Next Big Thing," "Someday" and the upcoming track "Young Man's Town."
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. Grant's newest pop release - Simple Things - was released August 19 and the title single is already climbing both pop and CCM charts.
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.
The Nashville Chamber Orchestra (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, and in 2002 hosted the first-ever Nashville Guitar Festival.
Tickets are scheduled to go on sale October 4 in most markets. Kicking off the tour in Nashville with two shows, Grant and Gill will be the first concert in the brand new Belmont University's Curb Event Center, a 5,000 seat entertainment and athletic venue opening September 2003.
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