Is it even Christmas time without Amy Grant blaring through your speakers? The six-time Grammy winner is fresh off the release of her latest Christmas album, Tennessee Christmas, marking her return to holiday music since A Christmas to Remember in 1992.
Grant perfectly captures the essence of the holiday through both her creative spins on beloved Christmas classics as well as a few new original songs. While the overall composition of the album is cheerful, Grant taps into a few of her own personal experiences, admitting that the holidays aren’t necessarily a time of joy for everyone.
“To Be Together” is an instant Christmas classic with a heartbreaking backstory. Grant revealed that she dove deep into her personal life during the writing process.
“Chris [Eaton] and I had just finished writing that song when my daughter Sarah and her boyfriend were in an awful automobile accident,” Amy shared with PEOPLE magazine. “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.“
Grant goes on to explain that everyone experiences difficult holidays and they shouldn’t feel like they need to suppress those feelings simply because of the season.
“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.”
You can watch the full interview below!