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2010 Somewhere Down The Road

The original CCM turned pop singer Amy Grant will release her latest full-length album Somewhere Down The Road on March 30. Take a look back at all of her videos that span her multi-platinum career.

2009 She Colors My Day

In celebration of Mother's Day 2009, Grant released a four-track EP, She Colors My Day, as a digital download. It contained two new songs including the title track, "She Colors My Day."

2007 Sparrow Records

In 2007 Grant announced that she was ending her association with Word Records, which dated back to 1976, with sales of more than 30 million albums, and signed to EMI-owned Sparrow Records. Since she had maintained ownership of her masters, she took her entire catalog of recordings with her to Sparrow/EMI CMG, which remastered and reissued her 16 albums. Later that year Grant's new label released a new single-CD Greatest Hits album (not to be confused with Greatest Hits 1986-2004 released on A&M records).

2003 Simple Things

Grant returned to pop music with her first secular album in six years when she released Simple Things in August 2003. The album topped Billboard's Christian Albums chart and entered the pop chart at number 23, the same number achieved by the title song on the Adult Contemporary chart. The next year A&M released Greatest Hits 1986-2004 and then she ended her association with the label.

2002 Legacy…Hymns & Faith

In May 2002, Grant released Legacy...Hymns & Faith, her first album of overtly religious music since her pop crossover, consisting largely of traditional material with several originals included. It topped Billboard's Contemporary Christian Albums chart and entered the pop chart at number 21.

1997 Behind the Eyes

Taking cues from Sheryl Crow and Jewel, Grant dropped the heavy synthesizers and drum programming of her previous albums for 1997's Behind the Eyes. Grant divorced her husband of 16 years Gary Chapman in 1999 and released A Christmas to Remember later that year. On March 10, 2000 she married Vince Gill and gave birth to her fourth child, a daughter, a year and two days later.

1994 House of Love

House of Love was released in 1994 and included "Lucky One," which made the Top 20; the title song "House of Love," a duet with country star Vince Gill that hit the Top 40; and a cover of the Joni Mitchell standard "Big Yellow Taxi."

1991 Heart In Motion

A&M aggressively marketed 1991's Heart In Motion and "Baby Baby" quickly became a number one pop hit leading to Grammy nominations for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Shortly after a tour for the album, Grant gave birth to her third child and recorded her second seasonal album, Home for Christmas.

1988 Lead Me On

Between 1986's The Collection and 1991's Heart In Motion, Grant gave birth to a son and a daughter and released 1988's Lead Me On in between--an album that was extremely successful in the Christian market. (In March 2002, CCM magazine announced the results of a poll of its readers that named Lead Me On the number one Contemporary Christian Music album of all time.)

1986 The Collection

A&M and Myrrh released The Collection in July 1986, a compilation that included songs from Grant's first five albums and contained two newly recorded tracks, "Stay for Awhile" and "Love Can Do." Both made the Top Ten of the Christian radio chart, "Stay for Awhile" at number one, as well as the Top 20 of the Adult Contemporary chart. Grant won a Dove Award for Short Form Music Video of the Year for the song.

1985 Unguarded

A Christmas Album appeared in October of 1983, which became a perennial seller--going gold in November 1985 and platinum four years later. Straight Ahead was released in February 1984 and spent 61 weeks at number one on Billboard's Inspirational chart. Word Records made a distribution deal with the large independent label A&M Records, which reissued Straight Ahead just as Grant was appearing on the Grammy Awards show in February 1985.  The move triggered the year-old album to break into the Billboard pop album chart in April and go gold in May. Unguarded, was released simultaneously by Myrrh for the Christian market and by A&M for the pop market in 1985, proving to be successful in both.

1982 Age to Age

Grant's second album, My Father's Eyes, was released in April 1979, Never Alone was released in 1980 and the live album In Concert was released in 1981. All three earned the singer Grammy nominations for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational. In 1982, Grant accepted songwriter Gary Chapman's marriage proposal, dropped out of college just 20 credits short of her degree and released Age to Age which earned the singer her first Grammy as well as her first Dove Award. The album stayed at the top of Billboard's Inspirational chart for 85 weeks.

1977 Debut and Early Career

Amy Grant, her debut album, was released on Word's Myrrh Records imprint in 1977. It sold 50,000 copies during its first year of release, a very good sale for a Christian album at the time. Grant graduated from high school in the spring of 1978 and began performing concerts around the country that summer. Her touring was restricted to two weekends a month as she attended college while pursuing her music career.

1960 Beginnings

Amy Lee Grant was born November 25, 1960, in Augusta, GA and grew up in Nashville. She sang hymns a cappella in her family's church and began taking piano lessons when she was ten, turning to the guitar while in the seventh grade. Grant performed cover songs of James Taylor, Carole King and John Denver at devotional meetings while in High School, augmenting those artists' secular songs with her own Christian-oriented compositions. While working as an intern at a recording studio, she made a tape of her songs that was heard by gospel label Word Records who signed her to a recording contract while still in her mid-teens.


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