As Amy Grant’s “How Mercy Looks From Here” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart, the genre star extends her record for the most leaders – 16 – in the chart’s history.
On the Billboard 200, the set starts at No. 12, with 26,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking her highest-charting album since 1997′s “Behind the Eyes” (No. 8).
It’s a welcoming return for Grant, who’d last released a full-length studio album 10 years ago (“Simple Things”).
“A conversation I had with my mother a couple of months before she died helped set the direction for this record,” says Grant, whose mother passed away in April 2011. “Mom had a lifelong curiosity that kept her young at heart even when her…