Vince Gill and Amy Grant: Inside Their Love Story

The chemistry between Gill and Grant was undeniable from the moment they met.


Lauren Jo Black

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March 10, 2020


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The year was 1993. It was just before the holidays and even though they’d never met, Amy Grant was scheduled to appear on Vince Gill’s TV Christmas special. From the moment they first laid eyes on each other, the chemistry between Gill and Grant was undeniable.

“I think that a part of me loved him instantly,” Grant later told ABC News. “I felt like I knew him instantly. I was so moved by him as a human being that I went up behind him and just hugged him as hard as I could while he was singing. I just said, ‘I just needed to hug you all night.’”

The feeling was mutual. Gill was so taken aback by Grant that he went home and wrote the song “Whenever You Come Around.”

“I was so inspired, moved by the sight of that smile, that I came home and wrote this song,” he recalled in 2015 while playing at The Ryman Auditorium. “I had no idea that all these years later we’d wind up together, have kids. … Life’s funny.”

The timing of their initial meeting was unfortunate as they were both already married with children; Grant to gospel singer Gary Chapman and Gill to Janis Oliver of the duo Sweethearts of the Rodeo. They chose to put their feelings for each other to the side and remain true to their marriages.

“We were both married, and though we were crazy about each other, we thought, ‘Well, that’s not our life,’” Gill shared with AARP. He also explained that there had been no infidelity and that the conversation of leaving their spouses never came out.

Through the years, their marriages, which were already rocky, began to unravel. In 1997, Grant was shocked to read in the newspaper that Gill and Oliver had filed for divorce.

Grant and Chapman sought out marital counseling the following year. “I’d been holding steady for 15 years in something that was not easy to hold steady,” she explained.

Despite their efforts to keep their marriage alive, Grant and Chapman ultimately opted to divorce. In 1999, once Grant’s divorce was final, Gill and Grant began dating.

“It was hard,” Gill admitted of the beginning stages of their relationship. “The kids, the popularity of our lives, a lot of tongues waggin’.”

Things progressed quickly for Gill and Grant and by March 10, 2000, they were married.

While their relationship came easy, blending their families did not. Their children, Gill’s daughter, Jenny, who was 17 at the time, and Grant’s children, Matthew, Millie, and Sarah, were between the ages of 7 and 12.

“It was a long haul to feel like a family again,” Grant confessed to Good Housekeeping. “The parents have made a choice, but none of the kids have made the choice. And wherever it’s going to wind up, you’re not going to get there quickly. You just have to give people their space.”

It wasn’t until the birth of Gill and Grant’s daughter Corrina in 2001 that their blended family really started to work.

“[She’s] the glue of this whole family,” Gill said. “She bonded all of us in a blood way that really did connect us.”

Gill and Grant have become one of Nashville’s most iconic couples. The secret to their lasting relationship, according to Gill, is how they treat each other.

“A big reason why our relationship is so good is that it begins with respect and kindness,” he explained. “If you have those two things on the front burner, then the rest is kind of easy.”

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.