Who Inspired Amy Grant's Love of Figure Skating? (Hint: It's Not Vince Gill)
The singer performs alongside champion skaters in an upcoming ABC special
While singing on an upcoming figure skating special, Amy Grant says that she had at least one thing in common with the professional skaters: The desire to not mess up!
“We’re all nervous that we might make a mistake,” says Grant, who sings in time with performances by champion ice skaters such as Ekaterina Gordeeva and Nancy Kerrigan and their families on the upcoming special, Musselman s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute.
“I had to re-sing a song because I got choked on the first line,” says Grant, 53. “And skaters do fall, that’s part of the thrill of a live performance. It’s like everything in life, you launch the way you always launch whether it’s for a jump or hitting a high note, but how it lands is really just up for grabs.”
Grant says her love of figure skating was inspired in 1997 by Scott Hamilton. “I didn’t really follow figure skating until I was in an audience that saw Scott Hamilton perform to a live orchestra that was being conducted by David Foster,” she says. “It was an outdoor, nighttime performance in Sun Valley and I thought, ‘I’m going to levitate. This is dreamlike!'”
The singer has had a dreamlike moment on the ice as well.
“I was on a work trip in New York City with my son Matt, who had just turned six and we went and skated Rockefeller Center,” she says. “It was so much fun. We were just creeping around the ice, but that environment at night, I mean you feel like you’ve stepped into a Christmas movie. It was truly unforgettable.”
So has Grant ever gotten hubby Vince Gill out on the ice? “‘Oh, no!'” she laughs, “‘Definitely not.'”
The Musselman s Apple Sauce Family Skating Tribute, airs on ABC on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 4:00pm ET on ABC. Watch a sneak peek below: