Amy Grant is recovering from a traumatic head injury earlier this year.
The 62-year-old Christian music singer told Fox News Digital EXCLUSIVELY that while she’s happy to share the space with her fans again, her recovery from a bicycle accident hasn’t been easy.
Grant was one of five recipients of the 45th Kennedy Center Honors, which also included George Clooney, Gladys Knight, Tania Leon and Member of the band U2including Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
Asked how she feels about returning to the spotlight after suffering a traumatic accident earlier this year, Grant joked: “Am I drooling?”
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“Last week was my first return to the stage and I can’t think of a more gentle way to get back into the spotlight than with a Christmas concert with my dear friend Michael W. Smith, said Grant.
“The first day I was nervous. I forgot the words to the song I wrote. I’m just going on a healing journey, but this time it’s here. You know, love and kindness are also healing, and I’m not kidding – I It feels full from head to toe.”
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She wasn’t without some guidance along the way, though.
Grant credited her husband, Vince Gill, with providing her with a “grounded” place to recover from a bicycle accident in July when she fell to the ground after hitting a pothole.
The “Baby, Baby” singer was knocked out for up to 15 minutes and was forced to postpone her fall tour to try to recover.
“He’s been patient,” Grant said. “Even without saying a word, Vince had a way of grounding the space we were in.
“I think I said early on, ‘What if I’m different? What if I’m different?’ He said, ‘Hey, we wake up a little bit different every day, and we love each other, and that’s fine.'”
She added, “I felt like a hooligan.”
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Grant is happy to be back on stage with an audience that makes her feel right at home.
“I think since COVID, audiences have come into the rehearsal space with a different appreciation, of experiencing things together,” she said.
“Proximity is important, and I just think that from there, the audience and the performers really appreciated each other’s talent. It made everything a beautiful, shared experience.”
Grant was honored by President Biden Sunday night for his contributions to the arts.
“She deserves it. She would be embarrassed by anyone saying that because she’s such a humble person,” Drew Holcomb told Fox News Digital. “She made great art and impacted the lives of people wherever she was away for a long time. She was a wonderful person. She transformed the city of Nashville over the years and really created a genre. She Really, not only that, just a great guy, and a terrific artist.
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Country music singer Ellie Holcomb said: “I think watching her see people—really see people, help people feel seen and loved—was a beautiful thing from an early age.”
“My dad made all of her records, so I see her go on this journey with grace and humility and authenticity, and she sings songs that widen the circle, and I think it makes us all feel like There’s a place where we belong.”