The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Vince Gill with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday (9/6). Speakers at the event included Gill’s wife Amy Grant, Reba, and producer Tony Brown.
“Vince has always been a true friend,” said Reba, who told the audience about their long history together and how he had come to her aid during tough times.
Brown, who served as Gill’s longtime producer, extolled his many musical talents. “Three things: Vince is one of the greatest songwriters in the history of country music, one of the greatest singers in all genres of all music, and last but not least, one of the greatest guitar players in the entire world. And I will stand on Eric Clapton’s coffee table and say that,” said Brown.
“That’s what I love about Vince. He will go where the music takes him,” said Grant, who discussed her husband’s generous spirit and eagerness to perform with others.
Gill was equal parts funny and poignant in his speech as he reflected on his journey. His daughter Jenny was born while he was living in southern California, he said, so it still feels like a home for him. He gave thanks to the individuals who helped him build his career, and noted that his and Grant’s stars would be near one another.
“When I was told this was gonna happen my first request was, I hope i can be near my wife Amy. And they graciously have put us right next to each another. I think there’s one star in between us. Whoever that is, I’ll have them hurt. Or moved.”
See the full presentation here.