For fans of contemporary Christian music, seeing Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith walk out onstage together arm-in-arm was a bit like a mirage – except that it was real.
It’s been more than 20 years since these two friends shared a stage for an official outing, and on Friday night at Chastain Park Amphitheater, they both exemplified why their careers have been so durable.
Starting off with a handful of songs together, including a lovely acoustic-centric version of “Stay For Awhile” and “Find a Way,” which they wrote together in 1985, Grant and Smith exuded a comfortable vibe, the kind that comes from decades of friendship and long hours trapped in recording studios.
Though it was difficult to get comfortable at Chastain on this deathly humid night, Grant, in a black sundress and bare feet, quickly diffused the audience’s seeming lack of interest with a quip.
“We’re dying out here, aren’t we?” she joked, likely about the heat.
The audience spent most of the three-hour show