8 Questions with Amy Grant…

Posted on: September 6th, 2012 by Derek 57 Comments

A friend of Amy’s recently had a school project where they needed to interview a friend.  Simple enough right?  Well, after reading these questions and Amy’s answers we really thought this could be a great piece for the website.  So here are the questions and Amy’s answers.

If you could ask Amy any 8 questions what would they be?

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Question #1:  What is your favorite book?

  • Amy’s Answer: My favorite book? in the second grade…CHARLOTTE”S WEB. In High School: THE THORNBIRDS.
    Usually whatever book I am currently reading is my favorite book. Have any of the 100′s of books I’ve read been life changing? Maybe for a minute. The book I have read and reread, memorized parts of, and been changed by is the Bible. For a life journey companion, nothing else really compares.

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Question #2:  As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

  • Amy’s Answer: As a child I wanted to be an adventurer…always discovering something.

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Question #3:  Who is your inspiration / role model?

  • Amy’s Answer: Inspiration and role models come in and out of our lives, season by season. My mother, my sisters Kathy, Mimi and Caril, my great grandmother and father, my father’s full time caregiver, my cousin Glenda, Carole King, Sarah Cannon (Minnie Pearl), Maya Angelou….the list would be endless!! Because at every stage of life, we encounter people who fan the flame of our curiosity, of our unique passions and giftings, and inspire our better nature to serve others rather than be served ourselves.

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Question #4:  How do you manage to stay close to God while being in the spotlight?

  • Amy’s Answer: Maybe the question I would ask first is How do you get close to anybody? You spend time together. So, if you’re trying to get close to a person, you call them, or go somewhere together. you do things that you enjoy together. Slowly you let your guard down and try saying something that matters to you that’s not easy to say. Being close is another way of saying Being Known.
  • The crazy thing is, God knows us already. He’s already close.
  • Feeling close to God, on stage or in traffic, is not about trying harder. It’s realizing what is already true: God is with me. Why run from Love?

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Question #5:  How has music influenced your relationship with God?

  • Amy’s Answer: From my earliest memory, my family sang hymns. Through the lyrics of those songs, I absorbed an understanding of God’s relationship with us… His creation… with me.

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Question #6:  How do you jubble family, work, and God?

  • Amy’s Answer: The word “Juggling” paints a picture of never resting. Sounds Awful!! I do work hard, but life is a constantly changing pattern with work and family. I try and focus on what needs to be done as it is needed. Prioritizing helps. Thinking and dreaming matters. Having a plan is good. Having said all of that, I don’t have time to NOT pray, I absolutely believe that the Holy Spirit, the one the Bible calls “our Helper”, is constantly directing and redirecting my attention to what matters at the moment. It sounds simple, but everyday I pray, Lord lead me to those I need and to those who need me, and let something I do have eternal significance. How that prayer plays out compels me to whisper “thank you” many times in the course of a day.

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Question #7:  What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

  • Amy’s Answer: Respect yourself and others.

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Question #8:  What is your favorite Bible verse?

  • Amy’s Answer: “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son; that whosoever believed in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

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Here’s our question for you:  If you could ask Amy any 3 Questions what would they be?  Leave your comments below and maybe we’ll pick your questions to be featured next.

  • shireen Armstrong

    1. What is the song you wished you had written – and why.
    2. What is the song that you have wanted to write, but haven’t been able to – and why
    3. What are your hopes regarding progressing your craftsmanship as a songwriter – ok put more clunkily, how do you hope to get better at songwriting ( not trying to be impertinent here, just curious as to how you’d like to hone your craft ).
    Thx so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredrick.osmond Fredrick Osmond

    Hi there Amy
    I’ve just been spending time reading your amazing answers to the 8 questions you were asked and many of the comments from fans. It made me want to write to you too! I too have been listening to your music since I was a little girl when my older sister first brought home one of your earliest albums. I believe the album was Never Alone and I remember listening to over and over again! Soon after, I received my own album Amy Grant in Concert and got to hear some earlier songs. Since those times I have loved collecting your music and have enjoyed many of your concerts in Vancouver BC, a Christmas Concert in Seattle and 2 summers ago, saw you in Atlanta Georgia with MWS. I don’t have any questions for you but I just wanted to tell you that your music has ministered to me throughout my life. Your songs have been songs that I have sung to minister to others in church, and to the children I have been a teacher/pastor to for many years, as well as my own three children.
    Almost 14 years ago, we lost our first baby four days after birth. As my husband carried little Susannah Andrea in her little white casket down the church aisle at her funeral, we played your song – Lay down your burdens, I will carry you (Carry You) and gave that sweet one back to Jesus.
    I hope that you truly understand that your daily prayer to touch those that need to be touched has been an effective prayer! I hope you know how beautiful it is that you have allowed Father God to use you and your gifts to bless and serve others throughout your lifetime! Thanks for not giving up and running the race set before you. I’m just one more life that you have impacted

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredrick.osmond Fredrick Osmond

    Hi there Amy
    I’ve just been spending time reading your amazing answers to the 8 questions you were asked and many of the comments from fans. It made me want to write to you too! I too have been listening to your music since I was a little girl when my older sister first brought home one of your earliest albums. I believe the album was Never Alone and I remember listening to over and over again! Soon after, I received my own album Amy Grant in Concert and got to hear some earlier songs. Since those times I have loved collecting your music and have enjoyed many of your concerts in Vancouver BC, a Christmas Concert in Seattle and 2 summers ago, saw you in Atlanta Georgia with MWS. I don’t have any questions for you but I just wanted to tell you that your music has ministered to me throughout my life. Your songs have been songs that I have sung to minister to others in church, and to the children I have been a teacher/pastor to for many years, as well as my own three children.
    Almost 14 years ago, we lost our first baby four days after birth. As my husband carried little Susannah Andrea in her little white casket down the church aisle at her funeral, we played your song – Lay down your burdens, I will carry you (Carry You) and gave that sweet one back to Jesus.
    I hope that you truly understand that your daily prayer to touch those that need to be touched has been an effective prayer! I hope you know how beautiful it is that you have allowed Father God to use you and your gifts to bless and serve others throughout your lifetime! Thanks for not giving up and running the race set before you. I’m just one more life that you have impacted

  • Larry Waldorf

    love the questions and answers. regards, Larry Waldorf Staten Island, N.Y.

  • Joshua

    Hey Amy – What inspired you to write the song “How Can We See That Far”? It’s SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! One of your best songs.

  • Denise D.

    Amy. Will you be able to come to the Jersey Shore area for a Jersey Shore area (Ii.e.:Ocean Grove). I had a chance to see you at “The Garden State Art Center” in the summer of 1985. I was a young Christian then. I brought my friends from high school to the concert so that they could also feel the Holy Spirit as I did with your music. They definitely saw a change in me. I also listened to a lot of the same artists(as I am a couple of years younger). I always wished I could hang out at one of your favorite coffee houses, and get to talk to you, because I’m sure many have told you… that you seem it would be easy to talk to.

  • Denise D.

    I know some of the hardships you have gone through, and could relate. I have lost
    my parents(mom had dementia due to a stroke), and I helped her out in recent years. I thank you for being real in your music. With all of life’s difficulties, it has been good to know someone could relate(i.e.: the words from your music: “Why, Why, Why?’ and other songs).God bless you for being so real and a friend to many that you don’t even know(how much you have touched our lives). God bless you Amy!!!!!

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