Saturday July 2, 2011

LENOX -- The surprise guests planned for James Taylor’s Shed performances at Tanglewood Sunday and Monday evening are no longer under wraps.

Country music superstars Vince Gill and Amy Grant are flying up from Nashville to join Taylor for performances from their extensive repertoire, as well as his.

"I consider Vince Gill my equivalent in country music," Taylor told The Eagle this past week.

Both of the 7 p.m. concerts are sold out to their 18,000-attendance capacity. Gates open at 4 both days for early arrivals and picnickers.

Taylor has forged close ties with the Nashville country music scene, and this past spring appeared on the Academy of Country Music awards telecast.

Gill and Grant have frequently collaborated since the release of their album, "Let’s Make Sure We Kiss Goodbye" in 2000, the first year of their marriage.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gill, 54, has won 19 Grammy awards, the most of any male country artist, over a career spanning more than 30 years. The neo-traditional singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has sold more than 26 million albums, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and received 18 Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994.

Grant, 50, the winner of six Grammys, was the first Contemporary Christian artist to record a platinum (million-selling) album.


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Known as the "Queen of Christian Pop" for her long reign as one of the best selling Contemporary Christian artists, Grant was nominated to join the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame this month in honor of her nearly 30-year career spanning Christian, folk, country and pop genres.

She has been cited as Contemporary Christian music’s first major crossover success, with three multimillion sellers to her credit, and nine more that sold a million.

The couple’s daughter, Corrina Grant Gill, was born in 2001.