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Gospel Music Hall of Fame
Amy Grant has sold nearly 18 million records worldwide, won five Grammy awards, 17 Dove awards including "Artist of the Year" four times and has performed everywhere from the White House to The Grand Ole Opry to Monday Night Football. She has been to Camp David at the request of President Bush. She has hosted VH1's "Top 21 Countdown," and she was an integral part of Vince Gill's highly rated Christmas television special.
It's obvious Amy Grant has taken Christian music and the Christian message to a wider audience and broader platform than any other artist in the contemporary Christian genre. She's opened doors for others to enter by demonstrating the far-reaching appeal of great music with a positive message. That appeal has come from her accessibility and her artistry. Amy has always had a special gift for writing and performing songs that reflect her rich life experiences as a Christian, a wife, a friend and a mother.
Family has always been an important part of Amy Grant's life. The youngest of four daughters, she was born in Augusta, Georgia, but grew up in Nashville in a strong Christian home that instilled faith and family values. It was also a family that nurtured their youngest daughter's creative gifts. By the time she was 16, Amy had released her first album and was well on her way to becoming one of the dominant voices of the contemporary Christian music movement.
She had a vulnerability in her voice that turned her heartfelt songs of faith and hope into prayers everyone wanted to make their own. Amy's accessibility forged a bond with her audience. That audience has continued to be a part of her musical journey as the talented teen has matured into a wife and mother.
Amy's album, "Heart in Motion," has been certified quadruple platinum, signifying sales of more than four million copies. The project spent 52 weeks on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, spawning four Top 5 hits including "Baby, Baby", which topped both the Billboard and R&R charts simultaneously. One of the most highly lauded musical releases of 1991, "Heart in Motion" garnered four Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Female and Album of the Year. The success of "Heart in Motion" took Amy's career to an even higher level and generated tremendous exposure, including appearances on "The Today Show," "Good Morning America," "Later with Bob Costas," "The Grammy Awards," "Arsenio Hall," "The Prince's Trust Concert," "The Tonight Show," "The American Music Awards," "Christmas in Washington," and numerous other shows and special events.
Though "Heart in Motion" would seem a difficult act to follow, Amy succeeded in creating a worthy successor with "House of Love." It contains the same catchy melodies and insightful lyrics that made "Heart in Motion" so affecting, but also has a more organic, guitar-driven sound that harkens back to her successful "Lead Me On" project.
"I feel from a spiritual standpoint that there's a real celebration of humanity, of the common bond of everybody," Amy says of this record. "We need each other. We're all valued by God. On a record by a Christian artist, sometimes it can be kind of 'us and them' the saved and the unsaved. I don't have any desire to make music like that right now.... I think it takes a lot of thought and energy and contemplation to hear God, to believe what He says and to quietly live that in your own life."
Amy doesn't limit her encouragement and support of others strictly to her musical endeavors. She participates in Nashville's Leadership Music Program and meets with terminally ill children as part of the "Make-a-Wish" Foundation. She recently played right field in Nashville's City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge, and has shown her skills on the green by participating in celebrity golf tournaments to aid various causes. She has hosted benefits for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and the Nashville Symphony, and has recruited for these shows such luminaries as James Taylor, Robin Williams, Vince Gill and Michael W. Smith.
Amy's community service efforts haven't gone unrecognized. In 1992 she was named Young Tennessean of the Year by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and then she was honored by the Benedictine Order at St. John's University with the prestigious Pax Christi Award, the Peace of Christ Award. Amy is only the third woman and ninth layperson to receive this honor since its inception in 1963. After being awarded the Pax Christi, she received congratulatory letters from each of our country's surviving Presidents.
In her community service, her family life, and her music, Amy Grant displays commitment to caring about her fellowman and a heart always eager to lift up those around her. The greatest expression of those gifts can be found in her music. Yes, it is polished pop music, very '90s in its excellent production quality and professional approach, but at the heart of it is Amy's desire to communicate God's love.
"I feel so fortunate and so blessed to get to do music for a career," she relates. "It's very gratifying to be invited into other people's lives as the result of having done something that came very naturally to you."
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