Her music is essential for any holiday playlist, but it’s easy to see that Amy Grant’s home that she shares with Vince Gill is all-encompassing when Christmas is near. From the table to the tree, almost every corner has a touch of tinsel. Although we can’t all visit Amy’s holiday homestead, she shares a bit of what it’s like with a special recipe you’d expect to see on her table.
Amy’s Holiday Cheese Ball Recipe:
16 oz. Cream Cheese
¼ cup chopped peanuts or pecans
¼ cup chopped green onions
¼ cup bacon bits
¼ cup golden raisins
Mix into a ball and refrigerate. After it is chilled remove from fridge and sprinkle with curry. Then pour over the cheese ball ½ cup of Major Grey’s Chutney. Sprinkle with ½ cup of coconut and serve with Ginger Snaps.
Earlier in December Amy and Michael W. Smith wrapped their beloved Christmas tour just in time for her annual holiday residency at the Ryman Auditorium.
“I love touring with Michael W. Smith,” Amy tells One Country. “I love the combination of the elegant dynamic of the symphony and the comfortable feeling of performing with a lifelong friend. I also love the tour life and playing ping pong backstage, visiting with all the band members and vocalists and trying to do a little bit of Christmas shopping in some of the cities we visit. Michael is probably the only person I know who loves Christmas music even more than I do and we still smile at each other each night on stage like two kids who can’t believe we still get to do what we love doing.”
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The Ryman residency, which Amy shares with Vince, wraps on December 23, just in time to settle in for her family’s Christmas. She’s not spilling the beans on what Santa is bringing her family, but she does recall one special gift she gave. “One year I gave all my kids a portrait of their pet, painted by a modern artist in Nashville known for his colorful murals. Everyone cried when they opened theirs. We had several dogs, a cat, and even a couple of guinea pigs at the time and they all have portraits,” she says.