Amy Grant is on the road to recovery after a traumatic head injury earlier this year.
The 62-year-old Christian singer told Fox News Digital exclusively that while she’s grateful to be sharing space with her boyfriend again, her journey back to health after the bike accident hasn’t been easy.
Grant is one of five recipients of the 45th Kennedy Center Honors, which includes George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Tania León, and. A member of the band U2including Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
When asked how she felt about being back in the spotlight after her traumatic accident earlier this year, Grant joked, “Am I tearing up?”
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“Last week was my first time back on stage, and I couldn’t think of a more gentle way to come back and perform a Christmas concert with my dear friend Michael W. Smith,” Grant said.
“I was nervous the first day, I forgot the lyrics of the song I wrote. I was on the road to healing, but this time here, you know, love and kindness is very healing, and I’m not kidding – I. I feel full from head to toe.”
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She wasn’t without some guidance through the process, though.
Grant credited husband Vince Gill with giving her a “parking lot” to heal after a bicycle accident in July in which she fell to the ground after hitting a pothole.
The “Baby, Baby” singer was unconscious for up to 15 minutes and was forced to postpone a concert tour in an attempt to recover.
“He’s just very patient,” Grant said. “Vince has a basic approach to the space we’re in even without saying anything.
“I think early on I said, ‘If I’m different, what if I’m not the same?’ And he said, ‘Hey, every day we wake up a little different, and we love each other, and that’s good.’
She added, “I feel like my old self.”
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Grant is happy to be back on stage and with an audience that makes her feel at home.
“I think since COVID, audiences walk into rehearsal spaces with a different appreciation for experiencing things together,” she said.
“Intimacy is important and I just think that since then, the audience and the actors are more appreciative of each other’s gifts. It makes everything a beautiful, shared experience.”
On Sunday night, Grant was honored by President Biden for her commitment to the arts.
“She deserves it. She would be embarrassed that someone would say that because she’s such a humble person,” Drew Holcomb told Fox News Digital. “She created great art and impacted people’s lives everywhere she went. She was a wonderful human being. She changed Nashville over the years and created a genre. A wonderful artist.
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“I think watching her look at other people — really seeing people and helping people feel seen and loved — is a beautiful thing at such a young age,” said country singer Ellie Holcomb.
“My father produced all her records, so I saw her take this journey and do it with grace and humility and truth, and she sings a wide range of songs and I think it makes us all feel. Like there is a place that we own.”