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Amy Grant

Amy Lee Grant was born in 1960 in Augusta, Ga., and grew up in Nashville. Playing guitar for her high school and church friends in Nashville, Amy’s Sunday night performances at a local church are legendary in Nashville. Her discovery by the music industry is the stuff of fairy tales. Working at a local studio sweeping floors, a tape that she had made for her family was overheard by an executive in Nashville. Soon after, Grant was signed at the age of 17 to Word Records and quickly became the label’s premiere artist and one who has been credited with paving the path for contemporary Christian music. With 17 albums, 24 million records sold, 20 Dove Awards, five Grammy’s and numerous other music awards to her credit, Grant is not only the most successful contemporary Christian music artist in history, she is the industry’s most prominent ambassador for music of faith. It was her 1982 album Age To Age, that proved to the world there was room for faith and gospel in pop, becoming the first Christian music artist to reach Platinum status. Heart In Motion in 1991 produced “Baby, Baby,” the single that introduced her to the rest of the music world and made her the first “Christian” musician to hit the number one spot on the Billboard charts. Among her other landmarks, Lead Me On was named by CCM Communications as the greatest album in Christian music, and her song “El Shaddai,” was recently named by the Recording Industry Association of America as one of the “Songs of the Century,” and Grant is the only gospel artist to be honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Grant is married to country music artist Vince Gill and has four children.

 

Hometown

Nashville, TN

 

Awards

27 Dove Awards

6 Grammys

 

Significant Songs

“El Shaddia”

“Baby, Baby”

“Father’s Eyes”

“Lead Me One”

 

Video

Amy Grant singing “El Shaddai”