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Amy Grant

With the Manchester Symphony Orchestra

Friday, November 17th, 2006
Honeywell Center, Wabash
David Hamilton, Music Director

  Harry's Wondrous World John Williams (Orchestra)  
  New Hampshire Hornpipe Dave Gruisin (Orchestra/Band)  
  Stay for Awhile Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  
  Takes a Little Time Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Good for Me Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Saved by Love Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Someone to Watch over Me George Gershwin (Orchestra)  
  Love Me Tender Elvis Presley (Band/Orchestra)  
  House of Love Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  
  Big Yellow Taxi Joni Mitchell (Band/Orchestra)  
  Ask Me Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  
  After the Fire Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Helping Hand Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Oh How the Years Go By Amy Grant (Band only)  
  What a Wonderful World Theile/Weiss (Band only)  
  Eye to Eye Amy Grant (Band only)  
  The Power Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  
  If These Walls Could Speak Amy Grant (Piano only)  
  Variations on a Shaker Melody Aaron Copland (Orchestra)  
  Innocence Lost Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  
  El Shaddai Amy Grant (Band only)  
  Highland Cathedral arr. Huff (Orchestra)  
  Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee Ludwig van Beethoven (Band/Orchestra)  
  Thy Word Amy Grant  
  Tennessee Christmas Amy Grant  
  I Will Remember You Amy Grant (Band/Orchestra)  

Amy Grant


Amy GrantConventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put Contemporary Christian music on the map. She surely did that, achieving such break-throughs as being the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit #1 pop and the first to perform at the Grammys. yet perhaps her greatest accomplishment was to open the door for a flood of other artists in pop as well as rock to sing about faith and soul and family and still grasp stardom. With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past couple of decades is assured.

Nearly 30 years ago, Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk and country. Contemporary Christian music's first major crossover success, she has to date earned three multiplatinum albums, six other platinum albums, and four more gold albums; scored ten Top 40 pop singles and seventeen Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks, as well as a string of Contemporary Christian chart-toppers, and won six Grammy Awards plus numerous Dove Awards.

Born in Augusta, Georgia, in 1960 during the residency of her doctor father, Grant was still a baby when her family (she's the youngest of four daughters) moved back to its native Nashville. Her unlikely rise to icon status was sparked while she was working part-time sweeping floors and demagnetizing tapes in a Nashville studio. She had been singing in church and school for years and a friend, producer Brown Bannister, allowed her to use the studio to duplicate a tape of her original songs that she wanted to give to her family. But a Word Records producer heard the tape and played it over the phone for company executives. The 15-year-old was signed almost immediately.

Her self-titled 1977 debut album introduced a fresh-faced young woman with a fresh voice. A series of albums followed, including 1979's Father's Eyes which not only eventually went gold but introduced her to singer-songwriter Gary Chapman, who became her opening act on tour and, in 1982, became her husband. That same year her platinum Age to Age album won Grant her first Dove Awards, including Contemporary Album of the Year and Artist of the Year, plus an album Grammy for Best Gospel Performance. She won another Grammy, Best Female Gospel performance, for the title track of the 1983 EP Ageless Medley.

Also that year, the platinum A Christmas Album, the first of her enormously popular holiday efforts, introduced her now classic "Tennessee Christmas." Age to Age's proper follow-up, Straight Ahead (1984), went gold and wona Grammy for "Angels," which she co-wrote and also performed on the Grammy broadcast.

Though Contemporary Christian music was clearly a growing force in the mid-'80s, no artist had yet crossed over to mainstream success. Then came Grant's 1985 album Unguarded. Cracking the pop Top 40, earning platinum and winning a Grammy, Unguarded was a challenge within her gospel audience for its secular nature, but it proved a watershed for the genre. The track "Find a Way" reached both Top 30 pop and Top 10 Adult Contemporary and its video even aired on MTV. "Everywhere I Go" peaked in the AC Top 30 and "Stay for Ahile" AC Top 20. The next year she went to #1 thanks to a duet with Peter Cetera, "The Next Time I Fall" from his Solitude/Solitaire album. A "best of" retrospective, The Collection, was isued in 1987 and went platinum. Also that year, grant gave birth to her first child, Matthew Garrison.

Now signed to major label A&M Records, another sign of her crossover appeal, her platinum 1988 album Lead Me On won the fifth of her Grammys and spun off the Top 40 AC hit "Saved by Love." Two years later, she welcomed daughter Gloria Mills, the inspiration for what was to become her signature song, "Baby Baby." 1991's Heart in Motion, her first Top 10 pop album and, at five times platinum, her biggest seller, brought together "Baby Baby," "Every Heartbeat," "That's What Love Is For," "Good for Me," and "I Will Remember You." The first Contemporary Christian song to reach #1 on Billboard's pop chart, "Baby Baby" boasted a video that celebrated the romantic over the motherly translation of the tune.

With the subsequent enormous success of Home for Christmast (1992), Grant joined with her hometown Nashville Symphony to launch what has since become an annual tradition -- "Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas," a live concert tour. To date, the events have raised millions of dollars for the several charities supported by Grant.

Two years after the birth of her second daughter, Sarah Cannon, the double platinum, Top 20 House of Love (1994) yielded "Lucky One," the Vince Gill duet "House of Love" and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." Her cover of 10cc's "The Things We Do for Love" appeared on the soundtrack to Mr. Wrong (1996).

"Takes a Little Time," "Like I Love You" and "I Will Be Your Friend" were heard on 1997's gold, Top 10 Behind the Eyes. The news of an impending divorce brought context to the album's brooding lyrics and music. Grant began dating Gill. She did not enter the studio or tour for the next two years.

She weathered the break, however, and her third holiday disc, A Christmas to Remember (1999), took home gold and a pop Top 40 ranking boosted by her prime-time holiday television special. In March 2000, Grant married Gill in Nashville, and the couple united their families. Their daughter Corrina was born a year later.

2002's Legacy...Hymns & Faith, a collection of favorite hymns and newly penned tunes, was produced by long-time friend/producer Bannister and Gill. Her first album of completely new material in six years, 2003's Simple Things returned her to the pop Top 40 and its title track returned her to the Top 40 AC chart as well. Her first compilation to span her pop career, Greatest Hits 1986-2004, followed.

Amy Grant has done more than simply be successful in two different music worlds; in her music, in fact thanks to her music, she has brought those two worlds together.


David Hamilton


David HamiltonDavid Hamilton is developing a multifaceted musical career. He is a respected arranger, conductor, producer, keyboard artist, and songwriter. His work covers a broad spectrum of musical styles and can be heard on recordings by a diverse group of artists, including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Shania Twain, Renee Fleming, Linda Ronstadt, James Ingram, Michael Crawford, Point of Grace, and many others. He has written music for Walt Disney's 50th Anniversary Celebration and has written songs and produced Dove-nominated recordings for a number of artists, including Twila Paris, Sandi Patty with the City of Prague Philharmonic, Don Moen, FFH, and Michael W. Smith.

As musical director for Amy Grant's national Christmas tours, David received critical acclaim for his work conducting the Nashville Symphony and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. With David's help, Amy, along with her husband Vince Gill and their many guest artists, created a highly successful and delightful holiday touring production. As conductor and arranger for Amy's symphony pops tours, David has made appearances with many of the country's top orchestras, including the Atlanta, Omaha, and Kansas City Symphonies. This past September, David led the Nashville Symphony in the Gala Pops concert, "An Evening with Amy," as part of the weekend celebration for the opening of the new Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville.

David has also enjoyed the privilege of helping Michael W. Smith bring many of his musical ideas to life. David's arrangements can be heard on Michael's instrumental project, Freedom, recorded in Dublin with the Irish Film Orchestra, and on the scores for the feature films Joshua and The Second Chance. He also served as musical director, arranger, and keyboard player on Michael's platinum selling, live CD, Worship, and it's successor, Worship Again. David has conducted holiday and pops concerts with Michael and many leading orchestras including the Atlanta, Houston, and Edmonton Symphonies.

David's sacred choral writing and arrangements for orchestra have made a strong impact on the music of the contemporary church. He has also released four solo piano recordings, including the jazz recording Gershwin on Piano and the meditative Resting Place.

David draws from a wide range of musical influences. These include his many years as a church musician, his classical training in piano and conducting from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, and a Masters of Music in jazz and commercial music composition from the University of Miami School of Music.

David, his wife, Sandy, and their two children make their home in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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