Amy Grant: Oh How the Years Go By
- Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Aside from launching the live project this fall, Grant is also starstruck, having been honored with her own star on the famed “Hollywood Walk of Fame” in September. Looking forward to the event at press time, she reflects, “This is the first time in a long time that I’ve asked my family, ‘Will you please all show up?’ And so, my mom and dad, all my sisters, some of my closest childhood friends, my kids, we’re all going out there. We’re going to have a big dinner the night before and go play on the Santa Monica Pier. And Vince is so funny – he said, ‘That walk is so long, I’m just positive it’s [Amy’s star] going to be in a seedy part of Hollywood.’ We just laughed about it. You know, at this point in life where my energy is focused and much more geared to my children, it’s fun to look back and be honored for, I assume, the bulk of my work, which was done in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Lord willing, I still have a lot of songs to write in the future.”
More songs to write, more live performances to give…more memories
I Will Remember You
Music, whether live or recorded, makes an impression. As Amy Grant herself suggests, “If you are a fan of concerts, it’s fun to have a memory of that. I remember the first live concert recording I ever went to was at the Opry House [Nashville, Tenn.] years ago. I must have been in the fifth grade, and John Denver did a recording there. I’ll never forget.” Such is the stuff that vivid memories are made of, and, through her music, concerts and personal appearances, Grant has made lasting impressions on more than a few listeners. …
It makes perfect sense to me why Amy would release a live DVD, and anyone who has seen her perform live understands that, too. You can spend years admiring her contribution to the history of Christian music, the roads she’s paved, the impact she’s made, the lives she’s inspired ... but, until you see her perform live, you can’t really have a full appreciation of her heart and how much of it she pours into her music.
— Nichole Nordeman
Amy Grant wrote some of the first music I was influenced by and that I actually ever heard beyond classical music or hymns at church. In fact, I even sang “I Love You” to [wife] Korey during a show once for our anniversary. Amy’s songs truly stand the test of time. As an artist, that’s something all of us hope for.
— John Cooper, Skillet
The interesting thing about Amy is she has never been afraid to be herself. I find her so genuine and refreshing. Every time I’ve ever been around her, she is so real. I remember a time when we were backstage at the Ryman. I remember Amy was set to sing “Lover of My Soul,” but she was really sick. Despite not feeling well, Amy still came. There was a girl backstage, standing in the corner. You could tell she felt a little uncomfortable and out of place, and, as soon as Amy noticed her, she walked right over and struck up a conversation. Even not feeling well, she was still so kind and genuine. She is so sweet and true to her nature.
— Cindy Morgan
Amy Grant is one of the greatest artists in the history of ccm. She is “IT”! I grew up listening to her music, and I never thought I would have the opportunity to meet her in person. But, when I did meet her last year, I was so impressed by her nice spirit; and she is a very humble woman. I’m almost jealous of Vince Gill. Baby Baby! Talk about your heart in motion!
—Jason Dunn, Hawk Nelson
I remember the first time I met Amy. I saw her walking up the sidewalk to Brown Bannister’s studio, and I was freaking out. I had grown up listening to all her albums, and I really respected all the things she was doing to reach the world with her music. And here she was coming into the studio while we were working on our record! Matt [Fuqua, guitarist] was feeling really sick that day, and, once all the introductions were made, Amy wanted to know what she could do for Matt. She offered to go to the drug store, take him to the doctor, get him some food, basically do whatever she could to help him. That was amazing! Just minutes in the door and she wanted to serve us. That spoke volumes to us about being humble and being a servant no matter how successful in the world’s eyes you are.
— Joshua Havens, The Afters
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