The product of a prominent Nashville family, Amy Grant became the first superstar of the contemporary Christian music field before conducting a smooth crossover into mainstream popularity.
Grant began singing and writing religious material for devotional meetings at a private girls’ school. She came to the attention of gospel label Word Records, which signed her while she was still in her mid-teens. She found instant acceptance on Christian radio and was soon one of the genre’s stars. In the early ’80s, she married fellow singer and songwriter Gary Chapman.
With A&M Records now involved, Grant moved to a wider audience with “Unguarded,” retaining her Christian following while decreasing the overtly religious content of her lyrics. She also teamed with Peter Cetera on the hit single “The Next Time I Fall.” Her 1991 album “Heart in Motion” became a major hit, selling 5 million copies.
Grant continued to work in both worlds, surviving rumbles of scandal when she divorced Chapman in mid-1999 and married country star Vince Gill nine months later. She also hosted the NBC reality show “Three Wishes,” which premiered in 2005 and lasted one season.