She knew she had a deadline coming up for her first Christmas album, so the pressure was on. On a summer’s night in July of 1983, Amy Grant and her then-husband Gary Chapman, a songwriter, were driving south out of Nashville on their way to Franklin when the full moon’s light reflecting on the hillside looked almost like snow. Later that year, Grant’s first holiday record—A Christmas Album— came out, and the very first track was “Tennessee Christmas,” the song she and Chapman wrote on that car drive more than 35 years ago.
A lot has changed for Grant since then.
When she and Chapman divorced in 1999, the holidays were difficult. Grant told Faithwire she felt like “the guilt-burdened mother trying to make life OK with a lot of things under the Christmas tree” for her three kids.