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Grant, Amy - 1991 Heart In Motion

ARTIST: Grant, Amy
ALBUM: Heart In Motion
LABEL: Myrrh
YEAR: 1991


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TRACK LISTING: 01 Good For Me * 02 Baby Baby * 03 Every Heartbeat * 04 Thats What Love Is For * 05 Ask Me * 06 Galileo * 07 You're Not Alone * 08 Hats * 09 I Will Remember You * 10 How Can We See That Far * 11 Hope Set High


You know, I've had this CD for as long as I can remember, and totally forgot about it until I made mention of it in my recent Rock Discussions blog interview the other week. Up to this point (1991), I wasn't really interested in Grant's Christian themed music, but the fact that this CD went high into the secular charts, and contained a number of catchy tracks, 'Heart In Motion' was certainly worth a listen. Amy had been labelled as the female version of Michael W Smith, in fact the two had collaborated together on occasion. Of course the other highlight of her career at this stage was her huge selling duet with Chicago's Peter Cetera 'The Next Time I Fall (In Love)', which came out in 1986. Grant's music has been produced all the way through by Nashville stalwart Brown Bannister, who continues on this album. The guest list is impressive, too numerous for me to name, but names such as Dann Huff, Charlie Peacock, Michael Omartian, Diana Dewitt, Robbie Buchanan, Chris Eaton and more all appear throughout.

The Songs
The hi-stepping electro pop of 'Good For Me' kicks things off, aiming at the audience of other female acts of the era (think Debbie Gibson, Madonna and their ilk). Thankfully there's some fiery guitarwork to break things up a bit. 'Baby Baby' was a huge hit off the album, not one of my favourite tracks admittedly, too throwaway for mine. 'Every Heartbeat' was another big shaker on the charts, I like this one slightly more because of it's faster tempo, the chorus in particular. The brass work reminiscent of Michael W Smith's material. 'Ask Me' is an interesting tune, reflective, and thought-provoking. Perhaps my favourite track here is the totally AOR of 'You're Not Alone', a Climie/Fisher written tune. The guitar solo from Dann Huff is simply killer. Not far behind is the ballad 'I Will Remember You' which has a distant haunting quality and can hang in your head if you let it. The only thing which puts me off about this song is the overly electronic bass, synth and drum work. But still.. I like the atmosphere of 'How Can We See That Far' which is will-of-the-wisp stuff, this continues on 'Hope Set High', Amy's breathy vocal adding warmth and depth to this Christian themed melodic beauty.

In Summary
1991 was a year when it all came together for Amy Grant. The album doing good business on both the CCM and secular charts. 'Heart In Motion' contained five top 20 hits, and went to No#1 on the Christian Billboard charts, holding its position for over 30 weeks. It also received a Grammy Awards nomination in 1992, the album selling in excess of 5 million copies. So far, it is probably the most successful selling Christian CD of all time. Some feat.

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#1 | AOR Lee on June 03 2013 05:26:27
I remember selling truckloads of this cd at Rhythm City in Port Elizabeth, in the early 90's
#2 | Eric on June 03 2013 22:43:10
I recall the terrible backlash Grant rec'd from the Christian community for going 'secular'. It was sad, but typical of the hypocrisy that runs rampant in a lot of Evangelicals. It got worse when she left her husband Steve Chapman for Vince Gill.

I first became acquainted with Amy Grant's music in late '79 at a Christian college I attended. Her early albums were awful and she had really popular tune called 'Giggle' that was just nauseating. Cute girl although a little too sugar sweet for my tastes.
#3 | roadrunner158 on June 05 2013 10:57:02
The reaction of the Christian scene to the song 'Baby Baby' was particularly bad ('sell out' being one of the nicer comments). Stupid in my opinion, though the song itself really is nothing to talk about. Two killer songs in 'You're Not Alone' (awesome Huff solo, as mentioned in the review) and 'That's What Love Is For' (excellent ballad).
#4 | Eric on June 05 2013 12:35:06
It's a utilitarian view of art and music that plagues the Christian scene. The thought process is, if I paint a picture of a tree it needs to be justified with a 'Jesus Loves You' underneath, or a bible verse painted in the bark. This applies to music as well. Once you start singing about other things outside the tiny Evangelical world, it's no longer 'Christian' and 'of God'.

It's convoluted and un-biblical, but this is what Grant and others (Sam Phillips etc..) faced and I'm sure still happens.
#5 | Geir on June 09 2013 15:11:29
Haven't listened to this in a long time, but "Baby Baby" sticks out in my memory, probably for being impossibly catchy more than anything else! ...The video, if memory serves, seemed to play up the baby aspect quite a bit, possibly to make the song more acceptable for the Christian community? ...As opposed to being a mere love song, I mean! kiss

Stryper also got tangled in the Christian vs. secular market debate, though seemingly more so by their own design, if recent Michael Sweet comments regarding the band's own behaviour during the "Against the Law" era are anything to go by.

Back to Amy Grant, I find that her "Unguarded" album is the one that regularly returns for spins on my home stereo - excellent LP, that one! Thumbs Up
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