Amy Grant's Advice to Young Stars: 'Stay Out of the Limelight'
The Christian music superstar says she made mistakes when she was younger--they just weren't shown on YouTube.
BY: Interview by Dena Ross
It may be hard to believe, but Grammy Award-winning music star Amy Grant is celebrating her 30th year of making music. Although some may know her best for her crossover '90s radio hits "Baby Baby" or "Heart in Motion" or her short-lived TV career hosting the reality show "Three Wishes," for most fans she is simply the Queen of Christian Pop. She recently published a collection of poetry, memories, song lyrics, and photos entitled, "Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far" as well as a compilation of her biggest songs, "Amy Grant: Greatest Hits." She also appears on Ann Murray's new album, "Duets: Friends & Legends," along with Carole King, Nelly Furtado, Shania Twain, and many other top female artists.
Grant, whose beauty seems to strengthen with age, sat down with Beliefnet to talk about her marriage to country singer Vince Gill, advice for today's female celebrities, battling depression, and her Christian faith. Watch video of the interview or read a longer version below.
Faith, Family, and Depression
Celebs, TV, Weird Moment
In today's day and age, high profile couples don't seem to last long. How do you and Vince keep your marriage strong?
Vince and I both work hard. But what matters to us is being home and spending time together. We're not out chasing the places to see and be seen. The way that we protect our relationship is to communicate. That's the most important thing. And to try to not let very many days go by—hopefully not a day go by, but at least not more than a couple of days—without really talking. "How do you feel? What's going on?" When you're married, you start a good visit and that really can lead to great romance. That's the way that you connect with somebody—we talk and enjoy that friendship and that relationship. It keeps you [both] strong.
You handled success well when you began your career—much differently than a lot of today's young, troubled female celebrities. If you could sit down with some of these girls and give them advice, what would you say?
I'd say, "Stay out of the limelight." I mean, trust me, I had my own troubles. But it was a different time then. There wasn't YouTube. There wasn't some mistake that was played over and over and over again. I made mistakes and I made bad choices, but I was protected by people who weren't using my celebrity status.
Even bad news is good news. I feel protective of young women who are celebrities today because somebody makes a decision, and then the whole world discusses it and it's a top story on the news. And I want to go, "Would you do that to your child, Mr. Anchorman? Would you want the whole world discussing your young 20-something when they screwed up?" Because we all did it. Who has not made a bad decision?
So I wish I could provide each one anonymity. And just [tell them to] take a deep breath, try to surround yourself with people who you trust, and surround yourself with people who make good decisions.