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Kennedy Center winner Amy Grant knocked unconscious in bike accident: ‘It was such a great gift’

“I don’t remember the accident. I don’t remember the weeks that followed,” singer-songwriter Amy Grant said of a terrible bicycle accident that left her unconscious for nearly 10 minutes.

A fall in July forced the six-time Grammy winner to cancel her fall tour, and she sometimes struggles to remember the lines of songs and the names of those closest to her. There was also a thing.

“It started with me trying to remember my family’s names,” she said. “Many sentences begin with ‘Are they dead or alive?'”

But she called the accident a gift.

“Since 2020, I’ve only been flirting death left and right,” Grant said. “Something’s wrong with my shoulder.” “I needed this”” she said, referring to the bicycle accident.

“Think about what energy you have left and how you’d like to use it in a different way, and it’s been such a gift,” she said. I loved music before I even heard it.I wrote the song because it helped me make sense of life.As I woke up, I was like, ‘I still have the same toolkit and I’ve got another one.’ I think I have a good record, myself.'”

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These days, Grant takes nothing for granted and writes her own memories in a book after a terrible bike accident. And when Grant invited Vladimir Dutier and “CBS Morning” to preview her upcoming Christmas show, she revealed that she initially had trouble remembering the words for classics like “Winter Wonderland.” did.

“It was a really slow season,” she told CBS News.

Her return not only brings Grant back to the stage, but also honors one of the country’s biggest spotlights, the Kennedy Center. This month she was recognized as a Kennedy Center honoree.

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Singer-songwriter Amy Grant

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Grant has sold over 30 million albums and her music has been streamed over 1 billion times worldwide. Still, the multi-platinum artist didn’t have to go to Nashville. Grant grew up there.

“My parents loved music, but I think we all perfunctively borrowed a piano for three or four years from a woman on the street. We sang in church. And we I’m part of a family that went to church on Sunday mornings, Sunday nights, and Wednesday nights.I don’t remember a single sermon from a single preacher.

Grant remembers listening to those hymns and thinking, “Oh my God, we could do some good PR here!”

So at just 15 years old, Grant reached her first peak with the release of her eponymous debut album.

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Still so young, she wears her high school ring on the album cover.

“The guy my sister went on a date with heard a copy of the cassette I made for my mom and dad,” Grant said. And he even said, ‘She’s not that great. She’s okay. I feel like I grew up. ”

And Grant’s audience grew rapidly. Soon after, she went platinum with her first Christian album, 1982’s Age to Age. And it didn’t take long for her star to really shine. Her early 90s crossover hits like “Baby, Baby” came out of her bestselling album Heart in Motion.

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The song, which some critics called “too sexy” for a Christian artist, was actually written while looking at her own baby, Millie.

“I didn’t know it was about your daughter,” Duthiers said.

“Well, yeah, I mean, that’s the great thing about songs. It can be about anything,” said Grant.

It was an adorable moment at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards when Grant brought her baby on stage. Phew!

The “baby” recently made Grant a grandmother.

Her 2013 album How Mercy Looks From Here, dedicated to Grant’s own mother, who died of dementia, features songs by Carole King (“Our Time Is Now”), James Taylor (“Don’t Try So Hard”), Vince Gill (“Better Not to Know”).

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Grant and Gill got married in 2000. The couple’s combined 28 Grammy Awards cluster on the shelves of her home studio. The latest is his tribute, “When My Amy Prays.”

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Grant recalled taking Gill to a doctor’s appointment three years ago: you out. ‘ And Vince said, ‘Oh, she’s an Energizer bunny. And now I say, ‘Thank God’. Because he said I had an undetected birth defect and would have been dead by the age of 62.”

Grant has just celebrated his 62nd birthday after the “Every Heartbeat” artist underwent open heart surgery and was subsequently returned to the hospital after a bicycle accident.

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Amy Grant with 2022 Kennedy Center Honorees, front row: Gladys Knight, George Clooney, Tania Leon. Behind: Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., The Edge and Bono of the band U2 at the State Department in Washington DC on December 3, 2022.

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Amy Grant will kick off a string of Christmas shows with her husband on Monday night.

clock 44th Annual Kennedy Center Honors Awards Streaming on CBS on December 22nd at 9pm ET/PT and on Paramount+.

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