Grant and Smith continue to have a strong friendship and creative relationship, often writing songs for or contributing vocals to each other's albums, and as of 2019, often touring together annually during November and December putting on Christmas concerts. The album was released as both a single-disc CD edition, and a two-disc CD/DVD Special Edition, the DVD featuring music videos and interviews. Hardly had Grant established herself as the "Queen of Christian Pop" when she changed directions to widen her fan base (and hence her musical message). Grant's desire to widen her audience was frowned upon by the confines of the popular definitions of ministry at the time. The video for "Takes a Little Time" was a new direction for Grant; with a blue light filter, acoustic guitar, the streets and characters of New York City, and a plot, Grant was re-cast as an adult light rocker. Available with an Apple Music subscription. Her strengths are most apparent on those hits from 1988-1994 that make for the bulk of the album, but the revelation of Greatest Hits is that she produced a consistently enjoyable body of work, with the late-'90s/early-2000s work and the new songs holding their own with the better-known material. [46][47], On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Amy Grant among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire. In late 1980, she transferred to Vanderbilt University, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. Many Christian fans remained loyal, putting the album atop Billboard Contemporary Christian Chart for 32 weeks. But that started to change in the mid-'80s, when A&M promoted her aggressively in the secular market. She recorded a demo tape for her parents with church youth-leader Brown Bannister. So I picked up that article and thought, 'You've made me say something I've never said, and you've totally disregarded two hours of Bible put in one flippant comment that I made about a moan. The album was certified Gold in 2000. See more ideas about christian music, christian, music. "Find a Way", from Unguarded, became the first non-Christmas Christian song to hit Billboard Top 40 list[citation needed], also reaching No. ‎Although Amy Grant cannot claim to have invented the contemporary Christian music (CCM) style of gospel music, she did the most to popularize it in the 1970s and 1980s before successfully crossing over to pop music in the '80s and early '90s. Lead Me On (1988) contained many songs that were about Christianity and love relationships, but some interpreted it as not being an obviously "Christian" record. And in the '90s, secular audiences accounted for the vast majority of her sales. It may be hard to believe, but A&M/UTV's 2004 release Greatest Hits 1986-2004 is the first compilation of Amy Grant's to be released since 1986's The Collection. Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress. Grant recreated the Lead Me On tour in the fall of 2008. To date, Grant continues to take off her shoes midway through performances, as she has said, "it is just more comfortable. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart,[33] making it her highest charting album since 1997's Behind the Eyes. 1. [26], Grant appeared with Gill on The Oprah Winfrey Show for a holiday special in December 2007. The album was a multi-platinum success and produced the pop hit "Lucky One" (No. Songs kind of slip in and move you before you realize it. [Initial pressings of Greatest Hits 1986-2004 contain a bonus disc with remixes of "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love Is For," "I Will Remember You," and "House of Love. In May 1979, while at the album-release party for her second album, My Father's Eyes, Grant met Gary Chapman, who had written the title track and would become her first husband. [25] In the same web chat, Grant noted that she is "anxious to get back in the studio after the book is finished, and reinvent myself as an almost-50 performing woman". 1 on the Billboard Hot 100), and Grant was established as a name in the mainstream music world. Snow, “Informer” (1993) (23,787,000) 306. By decade’s end, however, the swiftly rising profiles of Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith had the movement standing on the edge of mainstream acceptance. ∙ She has topped Billboard’s Christian Albums chart 17 times—more than any other artist—and earned 10 Top 40 hits. [39], Grant released a Christmas album on October 21, 2016, Tennessee Christmas, which is a combination of classic Christmas songs and original material. In April 2006, a live CD/DVD titled Time Again... Amy Grant Live was recorded in Fort Worth, Texas, at Bass Performance Hall. Age to Age became the first Christian album by a solo artist to be certified gold (1983) and the first Christian album to be certified platinum (1985). Later Grant reflected on how the article misrepresented her views, stating: "We probably talked for two hours about sexual purity, but when the interview finally came out he worded it in such a way that it sounded like I condoned premarital sex. She left Word/Warner, and contracted with EMI CMG who re-released her regular studio albums as remastered versions on August 14, 2007. [24] The show debuted on NBC in the fall of 2005 but was canceled at the end of its first season because of high production costs. The Billboard Hot 100 chart is the main song chart of the American music industry and is updated every week by the Billboard magazine. I think what was so hard—and this is (what) one of our counselors said—sometimes an innocent party can come into a situation, and they're like a big spotlight. She is known for performing contemporary Christian music (CCM) and for a successful crossover to pop music in the 1980s and 1990s. [45] During November and December 2017, Grant performed another series of Christmas concerts with Vince Gill at the Ryman and embarked on another U.S. and Canada Christmas tour with Michael W. Smith and Jordan Smith. That same year, Grant won $125,000 for charity on the "Rock Star Edition" of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Notably missing from the collection are several of Grant's hits, including "Everywhere I Go", "Wise Up", "The Next Time I Fall" (a duet with Peter Cetera), and her cover version of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi [43] She supported the album with a series of Christmas concerts with Vince Gill at the Ryman Auditorium. "[55] The article which was based on that interview was constructed in such a manner so as to make it appear as though Grant condoned premarital sex. 4:08. [7][8][9][10][11] She has acknowledged the influence of the Burtons on her development as a musician, starting with their common membership in Nashville's Ashwood Church of Christ. It was also a success, becoming another #1 hit. 1 song in a duet with Peter Cetera, "The Next Time I Fall". However this album, released in 1985 is different. Grant joined the reality television phenomenon by hosting Three Wishes, a show in which she and a team of helpers make wishes come true for small-town residents. The mix of cheery 70s-style acoustics and string sections with 80s synthesizers and 90s adult pop can be a bit jarring but it's all part of Amy's growth over the decades. 2007 was Grant's 30th year in music. She called it her "razor blades and Prozac" album. "El Shaddai" was later awarded one of the "Songs of the Century" by the RIAA in 2001. 3. In that time, she went from CCM to secular pop music and back again, scoring several big hits in the late '80s and early '90s. She is the author of several books, including a memoir, Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, and a book based on the popular Christmas song "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)" which she co-wrote. [32] The album reached No. It was released in early 1978, one month before her high-school graduation. Her family settled in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1967. 37 pop) and a cover of Joni Mitchell's frequently covered "Big Yellow Taxi" (No. Some of this material is religious, including the previously unreleased opener, "The Water," but most of … Some of this material is religious, including the previously unreleased opener, "The Water," but most of this sounds and feels like adult contemporary pop of the time, which shouldn't be surprising because songs like "Baby Baby" and the Peter Cetera duet "The Next Time I Fall" defined the sound of the mainstream pop sound of the turn of the decade. The same year, Grant was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association, an industry trade organization of which she is a longstanding member, in her first year of eligibility. Listen now! 2 AC; No. [21], Grant returned to her roots with the 2002 release of an album of hymns titled Legacy... Hymns and Faith. During the 1980s, Grant was also a backup singer for Bill Gaither. At first, her touring was restricted to two weekends a month as she … 3 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums chart. The EP, exclusively through iTunes, benefited the Entertainment Industry Foundation's (EIF) Women's Cancer Research Fund. ∙ Grant’s breakthrough release, 1982’s Age to Age, was the first Platinum album by a Christian music artist. She followed up "Behind The Eyes" with A Christmas To Remember, her third Christmas album, in 1999. 2), "That's What Love Is For" (No. [50] Grant and Gill have one daughter together, Corrina Grant Gill, born March 12, 2001. Helpful. Years later, Lead Me On would be chosen as the greatest Contemporary Christian album of all time by CCM Magazine. [29], In 2010, Grant released Somewhere Down the Road, featuring the hit single "Better Than a Hallelujah", which peaked at No. Grant released a sequel in 2005 titled Rock of Ages...Hymns and Faith.[23]. 7), "Good for Me" (No. [15], Grant followed this album with the first of her Christmas albums, which would later be the basis for her holiday shows. (Grant's first paid public performance was at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth.) I feel like songs have the ability to connect us to ourselves and to each other, and to our faith, to the love of Jesus, in a way that conversation doesn't do. Although Amy Grant cannot claim to have invented the contemporary Christian music (CCM) style of gospel music, she did the most to popularize it in the 1970s and 1980s before successfully crossing over to pop music in the '80s and early '90s. The album's title song received some pop radio airplay and crossed over to No. Grant received her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Performance, as well as two GMA Dove Awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. "]. In addition to receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, media appearances included write-ups in CCM Magazine, and a performance on The View. 1 on Radio & Records) as well as the title track (a duet with country music star and future husband Vince Gill) (No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "1974 (We Were Young)" and "Saved By Love" also charted as Adult Contemporary songs. “The Next Time I Fall” by Peter Cetera & Amy Grant Former Chicago bassist/singer Peter Cetera followed up his smash hit “The Glory of Love” with this awesome duet with Amy Grant. On the Adult Contemporary chart, all five songs were top 10 hits, with two of the five ("Baby Baby" and "That's What Love Is For") reaching No. During the 1980s the chart was based collectively on each single's weekly physical sales figures and airplay on American radio station. 35 on the New York Times Best Seller list. [18] The track "Baby Baby" (written for Grant's newborn daughter Millie, of whom Grant wrote, her "six-week-old face was my inspiration") became a pop hit (hitting No. Gary and I had a rocky road from day one. In November, it debuted at No. about. The concert was released on September 26, 2006. Known as the Queen of Christian Pop, Amy Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and has won six Grammy Awards. Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. On September 30, 2014, Grant released a new single titled "Welcome Yourself". The mix of cheery 70s-style acoustics and string sections with 80s synthesizers and 90s adult pop can be a bit jarring but it's all part of Amy's growth over the decades. [22] Grant followed this up with Simple Things in 2003. The album featured a Vince Gill-influenced mix of bluegrass and pop and marked Grant's 25th anniversary in the music industry. In 1989, she appeared in a Target ad campaign, performing songs off the album.[17]. 3:57. Amy Grant Song list. This Compilation ℗ 2007 Amy Grant Productions, under exclusive license to Sparrow Records. [19] Grant followed the album with her second Christmas album, Home For Christmas in 1992, which included the song "[[Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song)]", written by Chris Eaton and Grant, and would later be covered by many artists, including Donna Summer, Jessica Simpson (who acknowledged Grant as one of her favorite artists), Vince Gill, Sara Groves, Point of Grace, Gladys Knight, and Broadway star Barbara Cook. [38] This marked her first appearance on that chart in 23 years. https://www.tvovermind.com/the-top-five-amy-grant-songs-of-all-time Featuring Grant as executive producer, Greatest Hits 1986-2004 picks up where her platinum … Second, Grant is a very appealing singer. On June 27, 2008, at Creation Festival Northeast she performed "Lead Me On" and a few other songs backed by Hawk Nelson. Marking the start of Grant's new contract is a career-spanning greatest hits album, with all the songs digitally remastered. [4] She was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006[5] for her contributions to the entertainment industry. [12], In 1976, Grant wrote her first song ("Mountain Top"), performed in public for the first time at Harpeth Hall School, the all-girls school she attended in Nashville. Olivia Newton-John ... Eddy Grant. Following the 9/11 attacks, Grant's "I Will Remember You" saw a resurgence in popularity as many radio DJs mixed a special tribute version of the song. Four other hits from the album made the Pop top 20: "Every Heartbeat" (No. [34] Two singles were released from the album: "Don't Try So Hard" and "If I Could See", both of which charted on the US Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart.[35]. "[30], In September 2012, Grant took part in a campaign called "30 Songs / 30 Days" to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book. After she covered the 10cc song "The Things We Do for Love" for the Mr. Wrong soundtrack, Behind the Eyes was released in September 1997. She appeared on the 2008 album Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends singing "Could I Have This Dance". In 1977, she recorded her first album, Amy Grant, produced by Brown Bannister, who would also produce her next 11 albums. Feb 1, 2019 - Leon Patillo, Steven Curtis Chapman, Farrell and Farrell, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Petra, and many others. The songs "Old Man's Rubble" (written by Bannister), "What a Difference You've Made in My Life" (written by Archie Jordan), and "Beautiful Music" (written by Lanier Ferguson) all ranked as Top Ten hits on Christian radio. In a February 2006 webchat, Grant stated she believes her "best music is still ahead". On May 5, 2009, Grant released an EP containing two new songs, "She Colors My Day", and "Unafraid", as well as the previously released songs "Baby Baby" and "Oh How the Years Go By". And that's what makes Greatest Hits 1986-2004 not only a good portrait of Grant, it makes it one of the best adult contemporary pop albums of its kind. [49], On March 10, 2000, Grant married country singer-songwriter Vince Gill, who had been previously married to country singer Janis Oliver of Sweethearts of the Rodeo. . 100 Songs - At the dawn of the ’80s, contemporary Christian music was barely a decade old and something only believers consumed. It charted at 110 on the US Billboard 200 chart[36] and at No. [41] The single from the album, "To Be Together", reached No. When asked about the new album during an interview with CBN.com, Grant says, "... my hope is just for those songs to provide companionship, remind myself and whoever else is listening what's important. 1. On August 19, 2014, she released an album of hits remixed by well known engineers and DJs. Grant graduated from high school in the spring of 1978 and began performing concerts around the country that summer. 8 on Billboard Top Christian Songs chart. 18 on Billboard AC in 1986 with "Stay for Awhile". She also toured the U.S. and Canada with Christmas concerts accompanied by Michael W. Smith and season 9 winner of The Voice, Jordan Smith. What they do is reveal, by comparison, the painful dynamics that are already in existence. The mainstream song "Saved by Love" was a minor hit, receiving airplay on radio stations featuring the newly emerging Adult Contemporary format. Due to club play of the remixes of "Baby Baby" and "Every Heartbeat", they charted at No. 67 pop) (in which she changed the line "And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see'em" to "And then they charged the people 25 bucks just to see'em"). Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality. '"[56], This article is about the American musician. Takes a Little Time. House of Love in 1994 continued in the same vein, boasting catchy pop songs mingled with spiritual lyrics. Today Word Records releases Amy's 19th project, Greatest Hits 1986-2004 featuring two new recordings, “Come Be With Me,” featuring Keb’ Mo’ and “The Water,” co-written by Grant. Their marriage produced three children. On February 12, 2015, she announced a new compilation album titled Be Still and Know... Hymns & Faith, to be released. In a February 2007 web chat on her web site, Grant discussed a book she was working on titled Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, saying, "It's not an autobiography, but more a collection of memories, song lyrics, poetry and a few pictures." [52], In June 2020, Grant had heart surgery to repair partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR), a congenital heart condition. 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