“To me it’s just been a great reminder that life is dynamic, people are dynamic,” she said.
Amy Grant is thrilled to be performing once more. The Grammy Award winner, 62, is back and prepared to lead after a flurry of unanticipated setbacks. In just three years, the singer has undergone open heart surgery, suffered a terrible bike crash and had a throat cyst removed in January. "[I was] working with a vocalist and she said, 'What is happening in your throat? Lean your head back,'" Grant revealed during an interview with TODAY that aired on March 1. "And I said, 'I know. It's like I've got Adam's apple that keeps getting bigger.' Unbeknownst to me, I'd had a thyroglossal duct cyst."
Thyroglossal duct cysts are a common birth defect that, despite being innocuous in most cases, can impair a person's capacity for eating, drinking or as in Grant's case, singing, per Cleveland Clinic. The Baby, Baby vocalist, who is married to Vince Gill, a country music performer, is already feeling better. "I feel fantastic," she said. "I mean, really from 2020 on, I feel like I had to… if I were a car, I've made a lotta trips to the shop. And I feel like I'm emerging. I went, 'Oh man, I feel like a classic now.' And actually sort of re-revved up in a really beautiful way," she added.
Grant claimed that in order to cope with everything she has lately experienced, she has leaned on her faith. "It's helped me not be afraid. And just to go, however, this turns out, I believe I'm held by love, just like I believe that about you, and everybody I meet," she said.
EXCLUSIVE: @CraigMelvin sat down with Grammy-winner @amygrant as she speaks out for the first time after a brain injury sustained in a bicycle accident. Grant says she is ready to come back and will be giving us music for the first time in a decade. pic.twitter.com/4iOLYYmIoX— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 1, 2023
Only six months had passed since the singer was involved in a terrible bike accident that required hospitalization. Grant struck a pothole while riding her bike in Nashville back in July, according to Grant's representative, who told PEOPLE that she was admitted to the hospital in stable condition. She was kept for observation at the time and given first aid for cuts and scrapes.
Earlier this week Amy was in an accident after hitting a pothole while riding her bike with a friend (she was wearing a helmet). Following a brief hospitalization to treat her injuries, doctors have ordered additional recovery time at home, where she is now resting comfortably. pic.twitter.com/aHe4JoLN7U— Amy Grant (@amygrant) July 29, 2022
Her doctor "ordered additional recovery time," which required her to postpone several tour dates, even though she was released two days later. Grant's accident occurred after open-heart surgery was performed in February 2021 to treat a rare congenital heart problem that was identified by her doctor the previous February during a checkup.
Since then, she has performed once more on stage and has now resumed touring with full flair. “To me, it’s just been a great reminder that life is dynamic, people are dynamic,” she said. “Nobody’s all good, nobody’s all bad. A circumstance is not all bad or all good. Even in the worst, awful, worst trauma, beauty and goodness are still present,” she added.
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