Amy Grant Biography

(Singer, Songwriter and Musician Who is Popularly Known as 'The Queen of Christian Pop')

Birthday: November 25, 1960 (Sagittarius)

Born In: Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

Amy Grant became one of the first faces to give life and meaning to contemporary Christian music in the 20th century. She is also one of the first Christian artists to have successfully made a shift into the pop music market. Over the years, her music has delivered a weightier, spiritual platter for listeners to draw from but like every other artist, she too has had her share of triumphs and challenges. Her songs are in fact life lessons that reverberate meaning, truth, and tender wisdom. Most of her life incidents are instrumental in inspiring the sort of music that she had produced during her prime years. At a very young age, she signed her first recording contract and became an instant success in the realm of Christian music. During her peak time, she managed to make a transition into the pop music genre and although some of her fans were taken aback by this sudden change, many of her Christian fans remained loyal and even backed her pop music success. Apart from her musical career, she hosted the reality TV show, ‘Three Wishes’ and has also authored a number of books, one of the most popular ones being, her memoir, ‘Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far’. To acquaint yourself with this famous personality, read further.

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Quick Facts

Age: 63 Years, 63 Year Old Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Vince Gill (m. 2000)

father: Burton Paine Grant

mother: Gloria Grant

children: Corrina Grant Gill, Gloria Mills Chapman, Matthew Garrison Chapman, Sarah Cannon Chapman

Born Country: United States

Quotes By Amy Grant American Women

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females

City: Augusta, Georgia

U.S. State: Georgia

More Facts

education: Furman University, Vanderbilt University, Harpeth Hall School

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    When did Amy Grant release her first album?

    Amy Grant released her first album in 1977.
  • 2

    How many albums has Amy Grant released in her career?

    Amy Grant has released over 30 albums in her career.
  • 3

    What genres of music is Amy Grant known for?

    Amy Grant is known for her work in the genres of Christian pop, pop, and contemporary Christian music.
  • 4

    Has Amy Grant ever won a Grammy Award?

    Yes, Amy Grant has won multiple Grammy Awards throughout her career.
  • 5

    What charitable causes is Amy Grant involved in?

    Amy Grant is known for her involvement in various charitable causes, including organizations that support children in need and those affected by homelessness.
Childhood & Early Life

Amy Lee Grant was born in Augusta, Georgia, and is the youngest of the four sisters born to her parents.

She grew up in a closely-knit family in Nashville, Tennessee and it was her early church-going days that triggered her love for Christian stories, hymns, and songs, which would later go on to influence her work.

She attended Harpeth Hall School, where she would regularly perform on stage. When she was a teenager, she taught herself to play the guitar and also worked part-time at a recording studio.

She signed her first recording contract with a Christian music label and eventually went on to record her self-titled debut album, which was released in 1978. The same year, she gave her debut performance in a jam-packed concert, while she started her first year at Furman University.

In 1979, she met her future husband, Gary Chapman, during her second album-release party for ‘My Father’s Eyes’. The next year, she moved to Vanderbilt University, where she became a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta guild.

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Career

She dropped out of college to focus on building a career in music. In 1982, when she released her coming-of-age, breakthrough album, ‘Age to Age’, she rose to fame instantly.

She rode high on the success of her album, ‘Age to Age’ and then began to release a string of Christmas albums that would later be used for her holiday concerts. In 1984, she released the Christian album, ‘Straight Ahead’, which had pop nuances.

1985 was a year of perseverance and sheer grit. She wanted to broaden her fan base and was more determined than ever to become the first Christian Pop singer-songwriter and thus, she released her album, ‘Unguarded’, which came as a surprise (both, pleasant and rude) to a number of her Christian fans.

In 1988, she released another album, ‘Lead Me On’, which contained a huge list of melodies based on love and Christianity. This album went on to become one of the greatest Contemporary Christian records of all time.

In 1991, she began to expand into the pop music genre and released the album, ‘Heart in Motion’. Many fans were taken aback by her sudden wish to switch genres and some even frowned upon her choice of music. However, Grant added that she meant to deviate because she wanted to expand her fan base. The album became a hit and she was established as a popular face even in the mainstream world.

From 1992 to 1994, she released two Christian albums with shades of pop music such as ‘Home for Christmas’ and ‘House of Love’.

Her 15th album, ‘Behind the Eyes’ was released in 1997 and delved into darker foci related to heartbreaks, marriage, divorce, and themes of optimism. Although she believed that the album would make waves in the market, it failed to hit it big with the audience, who were already beginning to lose interest in her newly found interest in mainstream music.

Nevertheless, she came back with a bang with the album, ‘A Christmas to Remember’ in 1999. The album became a huge hit and her popularity slowly began to ascend again.

In the new millennium, she returned to her gospel music origins with the release of ‘Legacy…Hymns and Faith’, in 2002. The subsequent year, she released a pop album, ‘Simple Things’, which was not as popular.

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In 2005, she released a sequel to her hymn collection titled, ‘Rock of Ages… Hymns and Faith’. The same year, she joined as a host on the NBC reality show, ‘Three Wishes’, which was canceled after a brief run, due to sky-high production costs.

In 2007, she authored her memoir titled, ‘Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far’. The same year marked her 30th year in the world of music and re-released most of her albums after they were re-mastered by the record group, EMI CMG.

In 2010, she released, ‘Somewhere Down the Road’, which was considered a Billboard Hit and contained the single, ‘Better than a Hallelujah’.

Two years later, she participated in a campaign to support a media project called, ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’.

Her album, ‘How Mercy Looks From Here’ was released on May 14, 2013. Two years later in 2015, she released her compilation album ‘Be Still and Know... Hymns & Faith.’ The album received a positive response from critics and sold 5,000 copies in its first week.

She put out her nineteenth studio album ‘Tennessee Christmas’ in 2016. The album reached number 31 on the US Billboard 200 and topped the US Top Contemporary Christian chart.

Major Works

‘Amy Grant’, her debut album as a teenager, released in 1977, sold initially only in Christian stores. However, the album became her first magnum opus and it sold 50,000 copies in the first year. Three of the singles from the Christian album made it onto Christian radio including, ‘What a Difference You’ve Made’, ‘Old Man’s Rubble’ and ‘Beautiful Music’.

In 1988, she released ‘Lead Me On’, which showed her pluck as a contemporary Christian singer-songwriter. It was ranked as the ‘#1 Christian Album of all time’ by CCM Magazine and has also been featured in ‘WOW #1s: 31 of the Greatest Christian Music Hits Ever’ list. Three of the singles from the album peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks.

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Awards & Achievements

In 1982, she won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational’ for the album, ‘Age to Age’.

In 1983, she won the GMA Dove Awards for ‘Artist of the Year’.

In 1994, she was honored with the Nashville Symphony Harmony Award.

In 1996, she was presented the ‘Academy of Achievement’ Golden Plate Award.

She was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in 2005.

In 2007, she was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame.

In 2012, she was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Music and Performance by Grand Canyon University.

Personal Life & Legacy

She married Gary Chapman on June 19, 1982. The couple had three children together. However, they divorced after 16 years of marriage.

She married Vince Gill on March 10, 2000, and the following year, she gave birth to their daughter, Corinna.

Facts About Amy Grant
Amy Grant is known for her philanthropic efforts, including her work with various charitable organizations such as Compassion International and Mocha Club.
She is a talented songwriter and has written many of her own songs, including hits like "Baby Baby" and "Every Heartbeat."
Amy Grant has received multiple Grammy Awards and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
Amy Grant has a passion for cooking and has released a cookbook titled "Amy Grant's Heart to Heart Cookbook."

Awards

Grammy Awards
2006 Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album Winner
1989 Best Gospel Performance, Female Winner
1986 Best Gospel Performance, Female Winner
1985 Best Gospel Performance, Female Winner
1984 Best Gospel Performance, Female Winner
1983 Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary Winner

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