AMY GRANT FACTS:
Genre: Pop, Contemporary Christian
Hometown: Augusta, Georgia
Albums: Amy Grant (1977); My Father's Eyes (1979); Never Alone (1980); Age to Age (1982); Straight Ahead (1984); Unguarded (1985); Lead Me On (1988); Heart in Motion (1991); House of Love (1994); Behind the Eyes (1997); Legacy...Hymns and Faith (2002); Simple Things (2003); Rock of Ages...Hymns and Faith (2005); Somewhere Down The Road (2010)
Awards: 6 Grammy Awards; 23 Dove Awards
Hits: "Father's Eyes," "Sing Your Praise To The Lord," "El Shaddai," "Angels," "Find a Way," "Stay for Awhile," "The Next Time I Fall," "Saved by Love," "Lead Me On," "1974 (We Were Young)," "What About the Love," "Baby Baby," "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love Is For," "Helping Hand," "Children Of The World," "Lover of My Soul," "Nothing Is Beyond You," "Give This Christmas Away"
Other: "The Queen of Christian Pop"
While she may be predominantly a performer in the niche Christian rock genre, Amy Grant has managed to crossover to be successful in the mainstream as well. She is the best-selling Christian music singer of all time, selling more than 30 million albums across the globe and earning six Grammy Awards in the process.
Grant began her career as a musician at a young age, performing self-written songs at the all-girls high school she attended. Not too soon after, she was offered a recording contract at the age of 17, when she recorded her debut self title album. The record was released in 1978, and although it was only a moderate success relative to other releases at the time, it was considered to be one of the most popular Christian music albums in recent memory.
Grant's follow up, 1979's My Father's Eyes, proved to be even more groundbreaking and marked a turning point in her career. The title track hit number one on the Christian music charts, and the song "Faith Walkin' People," also broke into the top 10. The record was even popular outside of religious circles as well, and it was certified gold in the late '80s.
In 1982, Grant released Age to Age, which is believed by many to be her most successful and popular album. The record contained a pair of number one hits, "Sing Your Praise to the Lord" and "El Shaddai," and earned Grant her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Performance.
By the mid '80s Grant had attracted a large following thanks to her performance at the Grammys and her 1985 album Unguarded that had a more mainstream sound and had a trio of singles that performed well on Adult Contemporary charts. Her transition was complete in 1991 when the song "Baby Baby" hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Grant continued to release more pop-fused music throughout much of the decade, however in the early 2000s she returned to her roots, and was inducted into the Gospel Hall of Fame in 2005.
Though she has been unable to recapture the commercial successes of her earlier endeavors, Grant still enjoys a loyal following of fans and frequently performs to sold out crowds. Her most recent album, Somewhere Down the Road
, was released in 2010 and the song "Better Than Hallelujah" broke into the top 10 of Christian charts, showing that even after 33 years she is not slowing down.