Singer and songwriter Amy Grant was born on November 25, 1960. She is a prolific artist who started her career in Christian contemporary music (C.C.M.). After having signed with her first record label, she was catapulted to fame in the C.C.M. genre. Less than a decade after the start of her musical career, she decided to branch out to more mainstream genres and found equal, if not greater, success in mainstream music. However, she has stayed true to her Christian gospel roots and has continued to make music in that genre, too. Help us celebrate her birthday here today!
Amy Lee Grant
Queen of Christian Pop
November 25, 1960
Amy Grant was born on November 25, 1960 in Augusta, Georgia. She is an American singer best known for her work in the Christian rock genre. Her family relocated to Nashville, Tennessee when she was a young girl. She wrote her first song ‘Mountain Top’ in 1976 and sang the song at her school — her first public performance. The following year, she was offered a recording contract at World Records after her church youth group leader played the song before the label’s owner, Chris Christian. Her debut album was released in 1978.
During the mid-1980s, she successfully made the transition from contemporary Christian music to mainstream pop music. In 1986, her duet with Peter Cetera (lead vocalist of the rock band Chicago) entitled ‘The Next Time I Fall’ reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Five years later, she revisited her Christian music roots, recording the album “Heart in Motion” which topped Billboard’s Christian album chart for 32 consecutive weeks.
In 2001, Grant received a Song of the Century award from the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.) for her 1982 song ‘El Shaddai.’ Grant was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame by the Gospel Music Association two years later. In 2006, Grant received a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. She released her semi-autobiography entitled “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far” the following year. Grant continued to record and release songs and albums in the late 2000s and throughout the 2010s.
Grant writes and performs her song ‘Mountain Top’ at her school — her first public performance.
She releases her debut studio album titled “Amy Grant.”
Her duet with Peter Cetera, ‘The Next Time I Fall,’ lands at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The Recording Industry Association of America names the singer’s 1982 song ‘El Shaddai’ as the ‘Song of the Century.’
The singer is bestowed a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
The gospel music star releases a semi-autobiographical book titled “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far.”
Why We Love Amy Grant
She’s dedicated to her faith
Grant is quite patently devoted to Christianity. Despite having attained much success in mainstream music, she has remained faithful to her Christian roots and has continued to produce Christian contemporary music alongside her more mainstream work.
She’s a philanthropist
Grant is a philanthropist at heart and has contributed to many charitable causes. She hosted N.B.C.’s reality T.V. show “Three Wishes” which saw local small-town residents banding themselves together to help realize the dreams of fellow community members. The sales proceeds of her E.P. “She Colors My Day” have helped benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.
She’s an advocate for disabled people
The singer supports the advancement of the rights of disabled people. She has supported the Special Olympics and has received recognition for her work for mental health awareness.
5 Surprising Facts
She’s had heart surgery
The singer underwent surgery in June 2020 to repair a congenital heart defect.
She was in a sorority
After transferring from Furman University to Vanderbilt University, Grant joined the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority.
She takes off her shoes during performances
The singer regularly takes off her shoes while she performs saying “it is just more comfortable.”
She married her songwriter
Her first husband was fellow Christian musician Gary Chapman who wrote the title track of her second album.
She’s the first platinum Christian artist
Grant is the first Christian musician to have an album certified gold as well as platinum.
Amy Grant FAQs
Are Natalie Grant and Amy Grant related?
No, the singers are not related.
To whom is Amy Grant now married?
Grant is now married to country singer-songwriter Vince Gill; they’ve been married since 2000.
Does Amy Grant have children?
Yes, she has three daughters and one son.
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