One of my greatest wishes came true in July when I was asked to shoot a benefit concert at the Broadmoor for Challenge Aspen. The headliners??? Amy Grant and Vince Gill!! I have been a huge Amy Grant fan since the tender age of 12 when I heard her for the first time. She was a role model for me during my growing up years. For goodness sake....I wanted to BE Amy Grant. I even went so far as to perm my hair so it would be curly likes hers was back in the day. Plus, my grandmother who passed away last year, was the biggest Vince Gill fan ever! She had every tape/CD he ever made (well, maybe none from his Pure Prairie League days...). I wish I had been able to meet him before she went to be with the Lord.
Not only did I get to shoot the concert from right up front, but I was able to meet Amy and Vince. Amy is just as gracious, and even more beautiful, in person than what you see on TV and videos. Poor Vince was suffering from a back injury, so wasn't as inclined to join in on the chit-chat. (Although he was gracious enough to sign Amy's book for me). I had a blast and came away with some pretty great images.
If you ever get a chance to see them in person, do it! It was one of the best concerts I've ever been to.
For more information on Challenge Aspen, go to http://www.challengeaspen.org/ . Challenge Aspen provides recreational, cultural, competitive and educational experiences for individuals who have cognitive or physical disabilities.