Affectionately referred to as “The Queen of Christian Pop,” it’s impossible to mention Christian music—and its impact on culture—without making reference to Amy Grant.
With her latest, "If I Could See (What The Angels See)" off her album How Mercy Looks From Here (May 14, 2013), the singer muses about what life would be like with a different set of eyes. "It actually started just as a long pondering on the back porch, probably seven years ago," she explains. "And I was thinking about how narrow my focus is. And how great it would be if I could have another perspective on things."
"If I Could See (What The Angels See)" follows her song "Don't Try So Hard,"
a duet with James Taylor. “I’ve loved his voice forever,” Amy explains. “I
said, ‘I hear James Taylor on these lines and I’d love to ask him if
he’d sing on this.’ He worked from home and he really spent some time
stylizing it. He sent me a really sweet email after wards saying that
he’d 'spent the last several days with my voice in his head and hoped I
As the best-selling contemporary Christian singer of all time with more than 30 million units sold, Amy has been given a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as being the first Christian artist ever to achieve a Platinum album (Heart in Motion, 1991). Amy also had a mainstream pop hit that was a #1 single, “Baby Baby,” which was written as a dedication to her daughter Millie.
Amy started her career at the tender age of 16, as she scored a record deal with a song she made for her parents that was played for a music industry executive over the phone. While writing the majority of the songs for her self-titled debut, Amy was still a college student—first at Furman University, and later, Vanderbilt. She eventually left college to focus more on music after making a few more albums, including 1979’s My Father’s Eyes.
Amy won her first Grammy for breakthrough album Age to Age in 1982, where she was accompanied with Michael W. Smith on keyboards during her tour following the album release. Her music eventually took a more progressive direction with 1985’s Unguarded, which featured mainstream pop singles “Find a Way” and “Love of Another Kind” alongside more faith-oriented songs “Wise Up” and “Prodigal.”
Amy’s decision to appeal to a broader audience certainly came with its critics. Not only was the leopard print coat she was sporting on the album’s cover deemed “too sexy” by some fans, but her message was occasionally considered “watered down.”
Amy wasn’t deterred by the criticism from Unguarded, however, and for the past 25 years has continued to make music that appeals to a broad range of listeners, as well as display her authenticity in singing about God, faith and everyday life.
Steven Curtis Chapman