Amy Grant is truly a daughter of Nashville, she was actually born
in Augusta, Georgia in 1960.
Like a Hollywood story, Amy's break into music came while she worked
part-time sweeping floors and demagnetizing tapes in a Nashville studio.
Few adults can look back on their lives and say that they never strayed
from the first job they had as a teenager. Even fewer knew their life
calling at such a young age and can say they are still passionate
about what they do over 25 years down the road. Amy Grant is one of
these rare, blessed individuals.
Producer Brown Bannister, allowed Amy to use the studio to duplicate
a tape of her original songs that she wanted to give to her family.
A Word Records company producer heard the music felt he had just
"found it" and played the tape over the phone for his company executives.
Signed as a 15-year-old, Grant released a series of albums in the
late 70s/early 80s that helped invent the Contemporary Christian genre.
Amy's first album, the aptly named, AMY GRANT.
From the first time Amy Grant picked up a guitar as a teenager and
sang for her school friends, to the albums Amy recorded that have
racked up multiplatinum awards.
One of Grant's first performances was at a chapel service for her
fellow students. The event was pivotal for Amy, it unveiled not only
a musical talent, but a true gift of connecting with her peers.
The year 1982 saw the release of what was to become Amy's signature
album, AGE TO AGE.
AGE TO AGE won Amy her first Dove Awards including Contemporary album
of the Year and Artist of the Year, plus a Grammy win for Best Gospel
"Find a Way," found its way onto mainstream radio and even birthed
a video for MTV. The album charted in Billboard and Amy made her way
through the maze of national publicity opportunities, including morning
television talk shows, late night talk shows, afternoon entertainment
shows, and a host of specials, including her own CBS Christmas outing.
Innumerable first-for-a-Christian-artist landmarks followed as did
her crossover pop stardom beginning with her 1986 duet with Peter
Cetera "The Next Time I Fall" (#1 pop/#1 AC).
The first "best of" collection from Amy Grant to span her
pop career, Greatest Hits 1986-2004 (A&M/UTV/UMe), was released October
"Saved By Love" (Top 40 AC) and "Lead Me On"
are culled from her gold 1988 album Lead Me On, which won the fifth
of her five Grammys.
1991's Heart In Motion, Amy's first Top 10 pop album and at five
times platinum her biggest seller.
Three years later, life became very different for Amy Grant. Her
15th album, BEHIND THE EYES Fans noticed and critics noted the "darker
side" of Amy Grant and her music and soon the news of an impending
divorce brought context to the brooding lyrics and music.
Amy did not enter the studio or hit the road again for two years.
It was in 1999 that Amy tapped into her other talents and took a
turn at television. She not only hosted her own prime-time network
television Christmas special, CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER, but she starred
in the made-for-TV movie, A SONG FROM THE HEART.
They say the third time's the charm, but for Amy Grant, the release
of her third collection of Christmas music, CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER,
in 1999 was really just the continuation of an already grand tradition.
Amy first stepped into the seasonal spotlight back in 1983 with the
release of A Christmas album, a holiday offering that birthed her
now classic and signature song, "TENNESSEE CHRISTMAS." Seven years
later, Amy did it again with HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, a Yuletide ride that
put another classic into everyone's holiday repertoire: the haunting
and elegant "Breath of Heaven."
A 2002 release, LEGACY HYMNS & FAITH, brings Amy Grant both in her
music and her faith back to her roots.
A cover of 10cc's "The Things We Do For Love" (#24 AC)
from the soundtrack to MR. WRONG (1996).
It began in the summer of 2000, when Amy and her husband Vince Gill
left Nashville with producer Keith Thomas and a few co-writers for
a week in Destin, Florida. In a house just steps from the shore, they'd
pair off after breakfast and write songs together. Then, as evening
neared, they'd gather, compare notes, share quiet as well as festive
So says Amy Grant, whose new A&M/Word release Simple Things (2003)
was three full years in the making. Was it worth the wait? You bet.
Emotional, honest songs, glistening productions, arrangements that
sweep through fields of strings and settle into a nest of solo acoustic
guitar -- every detail of her seventeenth album exceeds the singer's
standards, which are as high as standards come in this business.
But something beyond the music gives Simple Things its real meaning.
The story behind its creation reflects elements of Amy's life at a
critical stage -- elements of both shadow and light, uncertainty and
conviction, and above all love and its endurance.
Simple Things was born from love, during a memorable week
with family and friends. It comes to the world now on wings of love,
from a place of warmth and resolution, now that the process is done.
Between these milestones, though, the going wasn't always easy, thanks
to changes in and beyond Amy's world.
These transitions would inspire some of the most personal
material on Simple Things, including "Out in the Open" and "Innocence
Lost," one of only two songs on the album that Amy didn't write. "But
a big part of that lyric captures what I was feeling," she says, "about
how part of living involves losing your innocence. And 'Out in the Open'
is about freedom from shame and forgiving yourself. To me, they're both
very emotional songs about that period."
In the perspective that took form after September 11,
a new meaning emerged as Amy Grant and Wayne worked on the song. "The
words 'all I know is now' came from the uncertainty we felt," she says.
"It's like when you're sitting in a waiting room at the hospital: Nothing
exists except for that moment you're in. It might not be over 9/11, but
we've all felt that odd way that life and tragedy bring people together."
Which brings Simple Things into full circle. From the
personal to the global, from the playfulness of "Happy" through the
impassioned duet shared by Amy and Vince on "Beautiful," Simple Things
is perhaps the most intimate glimpse ever offered into the heart of
this artist. With tracks brilliantly produced by Keith Thomas, Brown
Banister, and Wayne Kirkpatrick, this music seems to rush through storms
and sunlight before coming to rest in "After the Fire," a summary of
all that we've experienced on our own and heard on this disc -- simple,
soft, and quietly triumphant.
Amy Grant's 19th project is a collection of her greatest,
most loved hits from albums since The Collection (released in 1986).
Amy Grant's greatest hits collection contains songs encompassing both
Christian and mainstream pop hits that explore our faith in God as well
as our relationships with one another.