The most successful people are the ones who make it look easy, and there’s no doubt that for a long time in the 1980s and 1990s, Amy Grant made it look very easy to have a very successful music career.
Her ear-friendly mix of upbeat pop and emotive adult contemporary hits made Grant a constant presence on radio and television for years, thanks to hits like “Find a Way,” “The Next Time I Fall” (with Peter Cetera), “That’s What Love Is For,” “Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “Good For Me,” “I Will Remember You” and “Lucky One.”
She has sold more than 30 million albums and won six Grammy Awards.
Grant, who comes to Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 18, for a show at 7:30 p.m., has made it look and sound easy for decades. But her journey has been anything but the typical “girl grows up, becomes an overnight sensation, sells millions of albums, makes magazine covers and lives off the legacy for years” story.
That’s because Grant first came into prominence in Christian music. She’s considered a pioneer in that genre and was THE first major Christian artist to successfully cross over into the mainstream. She’s the best-selling contemporary Christian artist of all time, having recorded 17 No. 1 albums on the Billboard Christian albums chart, more than any other artist in the chart’s history.
She signed a record deal at the age of 15. A year later, in 1977, she released her self-titled debut album. That sold more than 50,000 copies in its first year. Her two follow-up albums topped the Christian album chart. Then, her next album, 1982’s “Age to Age,” was the first Christian album recorded by a solo artist to receive gold and platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. That album spent a record 85 weeks atop the Christian album chart and was the only No. 1 album for the entire 1983 calendar year.
There are drawbacks to being so successful at such a young age. When her kids ask her for help with things, she doesn’t always have experience to draw from, having been busy chasing a musical career. Of course, the real world causes you to grow up fast in a different way.
When she crossed over to the pop chart, she stayed there until about 2002, when she went back to Christian music. She has been there ever since, yet her live shows blend both Christian and pop music.
“I like to take the audience on a journey,” Grant said. “We kind of go through it all together. That’s why I love performing live.”
Amy Grant performs at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38, $53, $78 and $128, and can be purchased at www.lowellauditorium.com or the box office. Dan Russell opens the show. For more on him, visit www.danrussellmusic.com.