Amy Grant

Amy Grant Artistfacts

  • November 25, 1960
  • Amy Grant was born in Augusta, Georgia was but was raised in Nashville, Tennessee. She is widely known as a Contemporary Christian recording artist, but has also experienced tremendous popularity among Pop and Country fans. Her career began when she was only 15 years old after World Studios offered her a recording contract. She released her self-titled debut album two years later.
  • After earning numerous awards and accolades for her Christian Pop recordings in the 1980s, Grant featured a more mainstream sound with her album Unguarded in 1985. The following year, she had her first #1 pop song with "The Next Time I Fall," a duet with former Chicago band member, Peter Cetera.
  • Grant's 1991 release, Heart in Motion, came as a surprise to her Christian music fans. It was pure Pop and five singles from the album made it into the Top 20 of the pop music charts. The biggest single, "Baby Baby," was nominated for Grammy awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her more conservative fans were upset by the song's video, which featured Grant singing to an actor rather than to her husband, fellow Christian artist Gary Chapman.
  • Grant's personal life came under scrutiny from her fans after she divorced Chapman in 1999. The mutual attraction between Grant and country superstar, Vince Gill, was not a secret among Country music insiders, although neither Grant nor Gill acted on their feelings while still married. Grant said in an interview that she felt terrible for Chapman, who was well aware of her feelings for Gill before the divorce. Grant and Gill were married in 2000, but years later, many fans still have not forgiven Grant for divorcing Chapman.
  • Grant returned to her Gospel roots in the 2000s, winning a Grammy in 2006 for Rock of Ages…Hymns and Faith. She was nominated for the Nashville Song Writers Hall of Fame in 2011. Gill's country album, "Guitar Slinger," was also released in 2011 and features several songs co-written by Grant, as well as the duet with Grant and Gill, "True Love."
  • We asked Amy Grant whether, as a high profile Christian, she felt pressure to use that platform to share the gospel? She replied that after the first time she'd appeared in Johnny Carson's nationally syndicated show, someone had asked her why she didn't share the gospel when she had the chance on national television. "I remember," she added, "just going, you know, 'I had a five minute conversation. And I don't know how you were raised, but when you're invited into someone's home or onto their set, you graciously go where the conversation goes.''

    Amy had really enjoyed that experience and it had never occurred to her to be disappointed in whatever ways it played out. "I just remember later going, .'Hmmm," she recalled. "It just never would have occurred to me to have such an agenda for a five minute conversation. That would put a lot of pressure on every minute of your whole life. Whoo."


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