Get your first look at Amy Grant's 'To Be Together' Christmas music video

December 07, 2016 12:15 PM

It’s beginning to sound a lot like a Tennessee Christmas thanks to six-time Grammy winner Amy Grant.

Capturing the essence of the holiday season, Grant’s new record offers a fresh take on seasonal staples. It is the first new Christmas CD that Grant has released in almost 20 years.

“I have spent so many Christmas seasons touring from coast to coast,” Grant said. “But nothing feels better at Christmas than coming home to Tennessee.”

Debuting exclusively on PEOPLE, “To Be Together,” a family-oriented original promises to be an instant hit with an unbelievable back story. Grant reveals that it was during the writing process that the album’s mission and lyrics hit home on a very personal level.

“[Songwriter] Chris [Eaton] and I had just finished writing that song when my daughter Sarah and her boyfriend were in an awful automobile accident,” Amy explained. “During those tough hours in the emergency room and the days that followed in the hospital, that chorus cycled through my brain on repeat.

“‘Coming home just the way you are, knowing this is all that really matters, to be together’… it was so comforting to me.”

Russ Harrington

Written at the singer’s own home, Tennessee Christmas combines feel-good originals and Yuletide classics in a way that encourages fans to embrace the feelings of sadness and grief that often times accompany the holidays.

“Everybody has had difficult holidays,” Grant continued. “Maybe it’s the first Christmas after a loved one passes away or you’ve just had your heart broken. If you live long enough, you’ll experience every kind of holiday imaginable.”

Grant hopes that as people pick up her record this holiday season, they’ll be reminded of the real reason for the season.

“Don’t worry about opening gifts — open your home, open your ears, and open your hearts,” she urged. “Share a meal, share a song, or just a quiet moment. Whatever you do this holiday season, take a moment to just be thankful for the magnificent gift of simply being together.”

Russ Harrington

Can’t get enough of Grant’s holiday tunes? Check out her annual “Christmas at the Ryman” residency with country music superstar husband Vince Gill, going on now in Nashville.

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