Amy Grant Celebrates the Holidays With Cozy Unplugged NPR Tiny Desk Performance: Watch

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Amy Grant performs on NPR's Tiny Desk concert series.

Amy Grant — also known as the queen of Christian pop — spread some serious holiday cheer in an NPR Tiny Desk Performance shared on Monday morning (Dec. 17).

Sporting a fur shawl and strumming an acoustic guitar, the beloved singer took her seat behind, yes, a tiny desk decked out with ornaments, fake snow, trees and snowflakes. A six-piece band comprised of a drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, bass player and back-up singers accompanied Grant for “Be Together” off her latest holiday album, Tennessee Christmas.

The festive soft rock song glowed with warmth, with Grant’s voice highlighted by the acoustic arrangement on the tune about going home for the holidays: “Oh, when you open up that door/ To old familiar rooms of love and laughter/ Coming home just the way you are/ Knowing this is all that really matters/ To be together at Christmastime," she sang with joy.

   

Grant followed with “Tennessee Christmas” off her inaugural 1983 holiday album. “Sometimes I've realized the bravest thing you can do at Christmas is go home, and sometimes the bravest thing you can do is like open the door and welcome everybody back,” she explained as she broke into the laconic holiday song for the first time since her father’s passing. “Another tender Tennessee Christmas, the only Christmas for me,” her gentle voice melted, “Where the love circles around us like the gifts around our tree.”   

Putting on a reindeer antler headband, Grant topped it all off with a fast-paced rendition of “Jingle Bells.” The instrumentation grew animated as Grant and the backup singers chimed with glee: “Dashing through, the fields of white/ On this happy Christmas night/ Off we go through the snow/ Bells are ringing, we'll be singing.”

Click here to watch Grant spread a dash of her own holiday magic.

 


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