TBT: Amy Grant

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It’s been years since I’ve seen Amy Grant, at least 15. I’ve known her since the mid 1980s. There has been more written about Amy than any other Christian musician than I’m aware of. Not all of it good, not much of the less than good deserved. And yet she has remained graceful, and approachable.

In the early 1990s she did a show at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. I was doing the morning show at a Christian station on Long Island at the time. As was the practice back then, we were playing an Amy Grant song about every hour to help promote the concert. The following week I staged a “No Amy Grant Week” on my show. Amy was in on it. She had recorded liners for me to air during that week. In one of them she asked,  “Does Grandma Williams know about this?” A reference to my grandmother who lived in New Jersey and was the source of many of my bits on air. I don’t know who got a bigger kick out of that line, my grandmother or Amy.

In the years since, I’d see Amy a couple of times a year, either at a concert or some industry function in Nashville. She always remembered my kids’ names, would ask about them on the rare occasions when they weren’t with me. I’ve had dinner at her home, we’ve shared some discussions about music, parenting, marriage and life. It’s been way too long since I had the opportunity to talk to her.

Amy’s music has meant a lot to millions of people through the years. Her Christmas records have been an integral part of the season at my house for decades. Amy has made so much amazing music, don’t be surprised if she shows up again in this feature.

For this inaugural Throw Back Thursday entry I’ve selected a song Amy recorded, but didn’t write, for the 2010 album “Somewhere Down The Road,” so we’re not throwing it back too awful far this week.

The song, “Better Than A Hallelujah,” talks about coming to God in a way that is honest, even in our brokenness. 

Here are two versions of it, the first is the official concept video, the second is Amy performing it live.

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