CAN'T HELP HELPING

New dad Vince Gill still finds time to lend a hand

Let's hope Vince Gill is getting a little rest right about now. That's because he has recently plunged into a flurry of activity that would exhaust lesser men - most of it to help a bushel of good causes. Even with his hands full being dad to 10-month-old daughter Corrina, Vince has worked overtime playing at benefit shows for everyone from the victims of Sept. 11 to a Nashville fund to help children with life-threatening illnesses. Even his fun activities have helped people out - he had a ball hosting the T.J. Martell Golf Tournament in Nashville to further leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.

Vince and wife Amy Grant's "Christmas To Remember" tour, which featured the couple singing with Nickel Creek and the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, helped fill the coffers of child relief organization Compassion International. The tour - the pair's first together - also gained meaning as the country reeled from the recent terrorist attacks. "In light of this tragedy," Vince says, "we were looking forward to getting out there and showing people they can still experience joy during the holidays."

Still, Vince figures the attacks stand as a dire reminder to Americans about what really matters. "I think it's so important to prioritize right," he says. "I think we do have a tendency to take things for granted."

Following that day, Vince has seen his 1995 hit "Go Rest High On That Mountain" bring comfort to people across the country mourning the nation's loss.

"My intention in writing the song was just to find a way to grieve through some of the things I was dealing with at the time," he explains. "But the neat thing is that songs are completely timeless. They can be interpreted completely differently in different situations, so if something like that happens later on, people say, 'Wow, that song has a totally new meaning to me.' "

But while he's glad to touch the lives of others, Vince plans to stick a little closer to home in the future, and try to be a positive force in the lives of those closest to him - Amy, Corrina, grown daughter Jenny, and his three stepchildren: Matt, 13; Millie, 12; and Sarah, 9.

"I'm going to enjoy investing more in my home life," he says. "I want to be a role model for my new child, while still being a part of Amy's children's lives."

-- Chris Neal and M.B. Roberts

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