Lake Point Baptist Church, Rockwall, TX
I have never been a big Amy Grant Chapman Gill fan, however, I took Dottie to
see her at Lake Pointe Baptist Church because it was in a small auditorium, Dot's
birthday was around the corner, and Amy was going to sing "Hymns." This was
called Amy's "Hymns and Faith" Tour. We were not sure if Vince Gill would be on
stage. Tickets were only $28.50 for reserved seats up
front. Only 1500 tickets were sold.
I do think the song "Lead Me On" is one of her best. I expected a mellow night of hymns.
The opening act was Fernando Ortega. He was very good. His music is really mellow and nice to listen to. The older couple next to me brought some weed.
Out walked the band including Vince Gill.
Amy started with:
Lead Me On (I was shocked)
Angels (watching over me)
(Love Will) Find A Way
My Father's Eyes (a nice little Gary Chapman tune)
Fairest Lord Jesus
Softly and Tenderly (very nice)
It Is Well With My Soul/The River's Gonna Keep On Rolling
What A Friend We Have In Jesus/Old Rugged Cross/How Great Thou Art
I Will Remember You
Big Yellow Taxi (Joni Mitchell tune - hoping she would sing some Stevie Nicks or Pat Benatar)
House of Love (duet with Vince Gill from 1994 - when she first went gaga over Vince)
I Can Only Imagine
That's What Love Is For
Children of the World
Amy did several other songs and not necessarily in the order above.
Vince Gill took most of the lead guitar solos. He was very good. Amy's guitar player of 18 years, Jerry McPherson, had to cancel 3 1/2 weeks ago before the tour started. http://members.aol.com/guitarron/jmcp/jmcp.htm. Vince told Amy to get out her old records and he would learn them. Amy also wanted him to do a couple of songs. Vince sang "Go Rest High On That Mountain" (I heard that recently at a funeral). Vince said that being a hillbilly, there are not too many songs one can sing in a church house. Vince then sang a kind of hillbilly rocker called "Liza Jane." While he was rocking the house, I was thinking "We are not in this world, we are of this world." Vince made the concert so much better. "Liza Jane" may have been the best one.
You've got that body
You've got that frame
So why don't you call me
Little Liza Jane
Mark Hammond (Nashville's finest) was on the drums. I have never seen him "live." He plays on almost every Christian record out of Nashville.
Amy seemed happy and was giddy having Vince on stage with her.
The concert was so much more than I expected. It was top notch actually.
After the concert, Dot and I were walking out when the sound engineer played the song "If I ever Lose My Faith in You" by Sting (from a CD). Now that is a nice little Christian song. I wonder if we can get Pastor Steve Stroope to invite Pink Floyd to the Lake Point Concert Series next year.