Let me respond…
As most of you know, the music business is shifting at warp speed toward digital music becoming the predominant form of purchasing. There are numerous reasons for this – economics, technology (itunes, ipods, iphones), ease, and supply. The big retailers drive a hard bargain with labels in terms of what the labels need to pay for price/positioning in their stores and it has become less and less cost effective for labels to spend their dollars buying positioning in a store without a massive radio hit or tour happening to support the release.
Amy is currently enjoying a very fruitful period of songwriting — the most productive season of new music in a lot of years. But she is also in a place where she is writing for the pure joy of writing and trying to capture what compels her without worrying about radio play or touring. It is a very creative and freeing process for her. She is also working as an independent artist right now and is recording music for the first time without a label. Again, a very freeing process for her as an artist for the here and now.
Different than other albums in her past, Amy is not currently recording an "album." Instead, she is enjoying going in with different producers and exploring different sounds and paths without worrying about the cohesive whole. That is not to say she doesn't believe in the impact of a full album (she does), but after 30 years of making music she is enjoying the creative process of being in the moment and letting each song speak for itself rather than how they all fit into a whole project.
So for now, we are going to continue to release songs as they come in either singles or ep format… and those releases will be digital. But we are also working on a plan to make those releases available on vinyl and cd sooner rather than later. With artwork
Rather than hold on to the past, I would encourage you to embrace where Amy is creatively right now. More new Amy Grant music will be coming your way — faster without long delays — than you've ever known, but it might not be in the form of a full blown album.
I do not believe Amy has recorded her last album — i think there are plenty of full length recordings in her future, but right now she wants to have fun with recording/releasing music in a new and interesting way. Enjoy the ride with us.