Official New Bio for Amy’s “Somewhere Down The Road” project to be released on March 30, 2010

Posted on: January 13th, 2010 by Jennifer 10 Comments

Amy Grant – Somewhere Down the
Road

 

   With six Grammys,
numerous Dove Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and numerous other
accolades to her credit, Amy Grant is an American music icon who has erased
lines between genres and earned the respect of fans and peers with her honesty,
vulnerability and ceaseless creativity. Whether laying her soul bare in her
2008 Book “Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far” or exploring faith and family in a
diverse catalog of hits from “El Shaddai” to “Baby Baby,” Grant’s artistry has
continually resonated with audiences since she first hit the national spotlight
as a fresh-faced teen with a guitar three decades ago.

   Her latest
effort, Somewhere Down the Road, is a
potent collection that takes the listener on a musical journey that
reverberates with messages of resiliency, promise and hope. The 12-track set
includes four new songs, several previously unreleased gems from her musical
vault and a newly recorded version of “Arms of Love.” The new album also serves
up four poignant treasures from Grant’s existing songbook, including the
powerful title track.

   “From a work
stand point, I’ve had the amazing opportunity that anything I’ve ever wanted to
try, for some reason, the door has opened. I love music as much as I always
have, but I feel very contented when it comes to work. What brings the sizzle
back to me is a great idea and it can be somebody saying, ‘hey, I have this
idea for a song!’ As soon as they speak the words I go, ‘Ahhh, that’s great.
We’ve got to sit down and do it right now.’ That’s how I felt about this
project.”

   Somewhere Down the Road reflects an
accomplished artist at a time of renewed creativity and also echoes the life of
a woman who is not afraid to write and sing about life’s most heart-wrenching
moments as well as the sublime joys. Amy Grant has always been honest,
vulnerable, real, never afraid to share where she is on life’s journey. “There
have been times in my life that I was sitting in the cat bird seat and
everything was going my way but currently, this is a time [with] a lot of
uncertainty within my extended family as we’ve experienced pain, loss, and joy,”
admits Grant who has dealt with aging parents and the loss of a close friend
this past year. “This is the kind of record where it takes maturity to put out,
so we went back and looked at old songs, unreleased songs, and new songs that
fit together in a way that I think will make a really amazing and intriguing
journey.

   The first single
from the new project, “Better Than a Hallelujah,” penned by Chapin Hartford and
Sarah Hart, is Grant’s first new radio single since “Simple Things” in
2003.  When Amy’s manager, Jennifer
Cooke, emailed her the song, she knew she had to record it. “The honesty of it,
the vulnerability of the lyrics, the beautiful melody, and that the song found
me right where I was in my own journey was incredibly powerful,” says Grant,
admitting the song resonated strongly with her as she dealt with the death of
her longtime friend musician Ruth McGinnis. “The song is just so poignant and
redemptive.  In the lyric there is no
religious code or lingo going on and the message is true, it’s good news.  I love every scenario it’s painting.”

   Though Grant is
an industry veteran, and one of a short list of artists to have scored No. 1
hits in each of the last three decades, Somewhere
Down the Road
finds her enjoying several first time experiences—among
them recording in the new studio she and husband Vince Gill built in their
Nashville home, contributing one of her own paintings as part of the cover art,
and for the first time recording a duet with her 17-year-old-daughter Sarah.
“‘Overnight’ was written by Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby and Audrey Spillman. I’ve
known Natalie since she was six and she’s a great songwriter.  She sent me a song that she had written
called ‘Overnight.’ It’s talking about if things happened overnight, you
wouldn’t appreciate the process. It says ‘If it all just happened overnight,
you would never know what it means.  If
it all happened overnight, you would never learn to believe in what you can’t
see.’”  Though her stepdaughter, Jenny,
sang background vocals on Grant’s hymns records and her eight-year-old daughter
Corrina added a spoken word contribution to her last Christmas collection, this
marks Grant’s first duet with one of her children. “I’ve wanted to sing with
Sarah for a long time and when this song showed up I thought it would be
perfect for us to record.”  

 

   “Hard Times” is
another new tune on the album, which Grant co-wrote with Ian Fitchuk and Justin
Loucks. “Mindy Smith asked me to sing a background part on her latest record
and they were producing it,” Grant says of her introduction to her
collaborators. “They already had the idea for the verses and I wrote the chorus
and we wrote the last verse together. It’s been hard times on a lot of levels
for a lot of people.  I don’t know anybody
that is saying this is the easiest and best time in life.”

   Among the other
new tracks, “Unafraid,” is a poignant ballad that has become a favorite at Grant’s
live shows. “Women really relate to it,” Grant says of the song whose three
verses chronicle women’s relationship to their husband, children and aging
parents. “Anytime I have sung it live, I always have requests, ‘Please record
that’ and that’s why I did.”

   In culling
through her musical vault to select previously unreleased recordings that fit
with the theme of Somewhere Down the Road,
two songs stood out as perfect for this collection “Come Into My World” and
“What is the Chance of That.” “’Come Into My World’ is the rawest, most
vulnerable of the two and it just required a lot of distance from that time in
my life. I wrote that in the years prior to going through a divorce. . .and so
the song is really a downer,” she admits. “I don’t feel that same way now and I
hadn’t actually heard it in over a decade but was moved by it and thought ‘Wow,
I remember how that felt. Thank goodness I don’t feel that way now, but that is
a very real feeling for a lot of people at different times in life.’”

   Every song of the
album represents part of Grant’s journey as a mother, wife, songwriter, and
believer.  Born in Augusta,
GA and raised in Nashville, the youngest of four daughters,
Grant began her career in her teens, a young singer/songwriter with a guitar and
an intense desire to share her faith with the world. Her talent took her beyond
contemporary Christian music circles and she became a mainstream pop star in
the 80s, her crossover success opening the door for every Christian artist
wanting to share their faith from a broader platform. From her chart-topping
pop success with “Baby Baby” and “Every Heartbeat” to songs like “Father’s
Eyes,” “Lead Me On” and “El Shaddai” that shaped the Christian music landscape
to her recent No. 1 duet with Matthew West “Give This Christmas Away,” Grant’s
artistry and integrity have placed her at the forefront of American music.

   She could easily
rest of her considerable laurels, but the dawning of a new decade finds her as
passionate as ever. “It’s all about the idea,” she says. “I love the song
‘Better Than A Hallelujah.’  I love the
opportunity to get to do a song with my daughter.  I love the concept of Somewhere Down the Road. I am personally moved by the concept of
our journey through life and because of all the years that have come before, I
find myself in a unique and somewhat rare position to be able to sing about
that journey, and that’s an opportunity I don’t want to miss.” 

 

Press Contact:

the {m} media collective – Velvet Kelm & Courtney
Hyder

velvet@themcollective.com & courtney@themcollective.com

  • Jan S.

    I am so excited to learn Amy is having a new CD coming in March!!!

  • Kimberlee

    Can’t wait…love the cover art!

  • Dan

    Ms. Cooke,
    Can you please shed some light on why “Be Still” is not listed on any of the track listing for the new album? That is such a powerful track and definitely one of my favorites from Amy. Any chance it can be added to a special edition or something like that? Or sell it as a single on I Tunes? I really want to be able to put this on my IPod and just “Be Still”…
    Thanks,
    Dan

  • Carrie Ben-Ezra

    I am very, very disappointed that “Threaten Me With Heaven” isn’t on the album. I have been listening to Amy since 1979-the year I was born-and I love her. But this “new” album seems, dare I say it, a bit lazy. Only a couple of the 12 songs are actually new. I’m sure I’ll love the the new songs, but I certainly won’t be purchasing the whole album.
    May I ask why such songs as the above mentioned and “What the Angels See” and “Better Not to Know” weren’t included?

  • Jennifer

    Carrie – Vince has decided to record “Threaten Me With Heaven” for his new album. I’m sorry you are disappointed and think it is a “lazy” effort by Amy. She picked the songs she felt the best about for this special “thematic” collection, including several new songs: “Better Than A Hallelujah,” “Overnight,” “Find What You’re Looking For,” “Third World Woman (Haiti),” and “Hard Times.” She is also including some rarities that fans have been asking for – “Come Into My World,” “Unafraid,” and “What Is The Chance of That,” and a few catalogue songs that round out the record and a re-record of a classic song, “Arms Of Love.” It is the record she wanted to put out at this point in her career.

  • Carrie Ben-Ezra

    I’m glad to hear that Vince is recording “Threaten Me With Heaven”.
    Thank you for responding. Looking back, I regret saying “lazy” -it’s so easy to spew words out when typing like this. I know that Amy and many people worked very hard on this album. Second time in two days that I got in “trouble” when posting things! I got a Droid “smartphone” and I’m posting where I’ve never posted before. I apologize.
    But I do hope that she records some of the new songs that she has preformed live!

  • Debby Cummings

    I’m glad Amy is pleased with this new CD. I wish her much deserved success. As someone who is close to Amy’s age, I know it has to be so great to share something special witb your children.
    Debby

  • Dan

    I think a lot of the confusion about this album is that the track listing seems to keep changing by the minute. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but it is now different from what the retail stores were originally listing as the track listing. It does seem to be an evolving project(ie the addition of Haiti, and Find What your Looking For). I just got excited when Billboard reported she was recording “Be Still” and now it is not going to be on the new cd. Oh well, I guess we all have our favorites.

  • Jen

    Dan – I understand the confusion but the truth of the matter is that we have never had a final track listing until this week but the record company has to feed information into their system in a timely fashion and so they update it with the info they have at the time. This project completely morphed in the last 6 months. It started as a complete “catalogue” project with one or two re-records driven by EMI. But then when Amy heard “Better Than A Hallelujah” and wanted to record it, the label wanted to include it on this cd as a new song… and from there we started piecing other new songs that fit the theme of the record…the journey of faith… We would sit with one track listing for a few days and then change it up because we had what we believed was a better idea. In the end, it is an album that Amy is very excited about and filled with a lot more new material than anyone originally intended…
    Blessings.

  • Jerry

    I am a little disappointed that the album won’t be full of new songs by Amy Grant. It has been 7 years since the last pop cd…so with that in mind, you’d think Amy would make it a point to release all new music. I think part of the problem is Amy may be taking her fans for granted. Most singers like Brad Paisley and Lifehouse make it a point to release new music every 2 to 3 years. Why can’t she?

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