January Bluebird Cafe Shows Benefit Alive Hospice

Bluebird Cafe News on Country Music News Blog

The 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird concert series kicks off 2018 with a month of shows benefiting Alive Hospice at The Bluebird Cafe. More than 130 artists and songwriters are scheduled to perform at least 27 shows beginning Tuesday, January 2 and running through February 1, 2018. Presenting sponsors for the event include Bass, Berry & Sims, Cigna, HCA, Hub International, Jackson National and Tennessee Oncology. SouthComm and WSM-AM return as media sponsors. “We are thrilled to mark the 25th anniversary of Alive at the Bluebird with such an amazing roster of talent,” said Anna-Gene O’Neal, Alive Hospice President/CEO. “I am also super-excited to partner with our good friends at the Bluebird in celebration of their 35th year. We are beyond grateful for the incredible support that we get from the songwriting community, our sponsors and the public. Alive at the Bluebird is a truly unique partnership-talk about a Nashville original! The proceeds directly benefit patients and family, but the entire program that runs throughout the month brings much-needed awareness to the important work that our mission supports.” Perennial favorites Amy Grant and Vince Gill are scheduled to perform on January 3, 2018, and such luminaries as Kim Carnes, Phil Vassar, Styx lead guitarist and vocalist Tommy Shaw, John Oates, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Keb’ Mo’, Gordon Kennedy, Dave Barnes, Hunter Hayes, Kathy Mattea, Jon Vezner and Don Henry are already booked to appear. Additional writers and artists will be announced in the coming weeks. “Every year, Alive at The Bluebird gives the month of January a very special energy here at the club,” said Bluebird Cafe General Manager Erika Wollam Nichols. “Our community of songwriters is inspired and moved by the great service that Alive Hospice provides – this inspiration is reflected in the number of people who volunteer their time and talent to raise funds and awareness through the month of performances. We are honored to have partnered with Alive Hospice for 25 years and can’t imagine a January without this amazing performance series that lights up The Bluebird with love and generosity.” The 25th Annual Alive at the Bluebird shows benefitting Alive Hospice will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays at 9:00pm, Fridays at 9:30pm and Saturdays at 6:30 and 9:30pm. Reservations and updated schedules and lineups can be found at www.BluebirdCafe.com. The Bluebird Cafe opened in June of 1982 and has been celebrating its 35th anniversary with special shows and events. Bluebird: The Movie, an in-depth documentary about the influence the tiny 90-seat venue has had on singers, songwriters and popular music in general, is currently in production. About Alive Hospice: Alive Hospice is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit that provides compassionate care and support for terminally ill patients and their families, grief support for adults and children, and education about the end of life. Alive Hospice was founded in 1975, making it the first hospice program in Tennessee and the Southeast, and the first in the nation to provide hospice care in private homes. Alive Hospice is accredited Continue reading January Bluebird Cafe Shows Benefit Alive Hospice


Grant Will Debut New Song with Proceeds Donated to American Cancer Society NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (July 31, 2014) – – Athena® bottled water was created for the cause® in 2003 by a breast cancer survivor who had one purpose: to win the war against breast cancer. Since then, the bottled water brand has donated $2 million to prestigious organizations to support breast cancer awareness, care, education, and research. Purchased by DS Services of America, Inc. (DS Services) in 2010, the Athena brand has enlisted musical superstars Amy Grant and Kellie Pickler to help the cause by naming them Athena® Warriors – Grant in 2012 and Pickler earlier this year. As Athena® Warriors, Grant and Pickler will both perform at a private, invitation-only “Eat. Drink. Party Pink.” event in Nashville, Tenn. on Sept. 30, 2014 to kick off October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the festivities, Grant will debut a new song, “Welcome Yourself.” The next day (Oct. 1), that song will be available for sale on iTunes with proceeds donated to the American Cancer Society. “We are excited to gather in Nashville to hear a great night of music from our Athena® Warriors,” said Tom Harrington, President and CEO, DS Services. “What a great way to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are honored that Amy is debuting her song at our event that night, and are so appreciative that she is donating proceeds from its sale to the American Cancer Society.” Find out more straight from the source! http://ebmediapr.com/kelliepickler/680-athenar-bottled-water-kicks-off-breast-cancer-awareness-month-with-a-private-event-in-nashville-on-sept-30-featuring-performances-from-athena-warriors-amy-grant-and-kellie-pickler

Vince Gill, Amy Grant Announce 11-City Christmas Tour

Like many country music traditions, Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Vince Gill and Amy Grant. Vince Gill and Amy Grant will debut their 11-city Christmas With Amy & Vince tour on Dec. 8 at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Fla. It will conclude Dec. 21 and 22 with two shows at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Each show will run two hours and include both Christmas standards and newer holiday songs. Other dates include: King Center for the Performing Arts, Melbourne, Fla. (Dec. 9) Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, Fla. (Dec. 10) Ruth Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, Fla. (Dec. 11) Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Greenville, S.C. (Dec. 13) Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham, N.C. (Dec. 14) Crown Theatre, Fayetteville, N.C. (Dec. 17) War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro, N.C. (Dec. 18) Cabarrus Arena, Concord, N.C. (Dec. 19) Fox Theatre, Atlanta (Dec. 20).Country Music Photo Gallery

Amy Grant:Somewhere Down The Road

After 6 years, Amy Grant releases new album,”Somewhere Down The Road.” Last week, March 30th, Amy Grant released her first album in 6 years. Grant has already reached No.1 on the iTUNES Christian and Gospel Chart. “Better Than A Hallelujah” will be the first single to hit radio. The album contains 12 songs and a duet with her daughter, Sarah Chapman. Look for Grant to appear soon on Nightline, as well as Guideposts.com and Self Magazine.Country Music Photo Gallery

About Amy Grant

Although Amy Grant cannot claim to have invented the contemporary Christian music (CCM) style of gospel music, she did the most to popularize it in the 1970s and 1980s before successfully crossing over to pop songs in the ’80s and early ’90s. When Grant followed along as a teenager in the mid-’70s, “inspirational” (i.e., white) gospel songs was a tiny subgenre, its records sold almost exclusively in Christian bookstores and almost exclusively in small numbers. By the mid-’80s, when she released Unguarded, her first record to be marketed to a secular as well as a Christian audience, gospel material constituted eight percent of U.S. album sales, a higher percentage than that for jazz or classical music.

She achieved this breakthrough for CCM and for herself by forging a pop/rock sound that complimented by the production values, and repeatedly aped the styles, of pop/rock, and by writing lyrics that often were ambiguous in their meaning, sounding to Christian material fans like appeals to God and to more general pop fans like love music. She also matched the staging of rock performances in her shows, which repeatedly played in stages more typical of secular concerts than religious ones. And her music videos, which emphasized her photogenic appearance, were on a par with those of pop stars. When it occurred, her complete crossover to pop was more a slight shift of emphasis than a major change of direction. Nevertheless, it made her a controversial figure in the Christian material community of the ’80s in a way similar to Bob Dylan in the folk material of the 1960s: she was both the field’s biggest star and followed to be viewed as something of a traitor. As her career went on, however, she managed to mend fences with traditional fans and achieve a balance of pop and Christian-oriented songs on her copies as her career became less of a full-time attention for her and her album sales declined from the heights of her pop heyday.

Born November 25, 1960, in Augusta, GA, where her father, Dr. Burton Paine Grant, was doing his residency, Amy Lee Grant was a descendent of one of the most prominent and prosperous families of Nashville, TN. Her great-grandfather, Andrew Mizell Burton, was a wealthy insurance executive and philanthropist. She was the fourth and final daughter born to her father and her mother, Gloria Grant, not long after her sisters Mimi, Kathy, and Carol. The family moved briefly to Houston, TX, in 1961 before returning to settle in Nashville. In addition to being well established socially and financially, the Grant family was also deeply religious, belonging to the strict Protestant sect the Church of Christ, which was sufficiently conservative to ban the playing of musical instruments at its services; worshipers sang the hymns a cappella. Despite this stricture, Grant was allowed to begin taking piano lessons when she was ten. during in the seventh grade at the private Ensworth grammar school, she turned to the guitar. Although she was baptized in the Church of Christ, she soon came her sister Mimi in attending a breakaway variant of the faith, the Belmont Church of Christ, which took a less formal approach, more in keeping with the Charismatic movement.

While attending the private girls’ prep school Harpeth Hall, Grant started playing with her guitar at devotional meetings at the school, playing songs by such favorites as James Taylor, Carole King, and John Denver. None of them, however, sang religious songs, so Grant augmented her program with her own Christian-oriented compositions. at a time of working as an intern at a recording studio, she made a tape of her songs for her parents that was heard by producer Brown Bannister, who in turn played it for gospel vocalist Chris Christian, recently retained by gospel label Word Records as a talent scout. Christian took the tape to Word, which signed Grant to a recording record deal during she was still in her mid-teens.

Amy Grant, her debut album, was gave us on Word’s Myrrh Records imprint in 1977. It sold 50,000 albums during its first year of release, a very good sale for a Christian record at the time. The material “Old Man’s Rubble” (written by Bannister), “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life” (written by Archie Jordan), and “Beautiful Music” (written by Lanier Ferguson) all ranked as Top Ten favorites on Christian radio. Grant graduated from high school in the spring of 1978 and started playing concerts around the country that summer. At first, her touring was restricted to two weekends a month as she attempted to combine her budding musical career with college; she enrolled at Furman University in Greenville, SC, in September.

My Father’s Eyes, Grant’s second album, was issued in April 1979. The ballad “Father’s Eyes” had been written by Gary Chapman, a young aspiring Christian songwriter, and it carried a subtle religious message rather than the sort of overt statement typical of gospel songs. That message was positive, and it alluded to elements of Christian belief, but it also could be appreciated in nearly secular terms. The more openly religious “Faith Walkin’ People” also earned Top Ten airplay on Christian radio, but “Father’s Eyes” was the real hit off the album, helping it to strong sales that would accumulate to a gold record certification by 1987. In the short term, My Father’s Eyes enticed enough attention to earn Grant her first nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational.

Grant concentrated on her schoolwork while still finding time to perform and album. Her third album, Never Alone (1980), featured material mostly written by some combination of her, Chris Christian, Bannister, and Chapman, among them “Look What Has Happened to Me,” which Christian radio made a Top Ten hit, but the LP was not as popular as My Father’s Eyes, even though it earned her a second Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational. She toured with Chapman as her opening act during the summer of 1980. She then took a semester off from college and accepted concert dates on the Billy Graham Crusade and as an opening act for the Bill Gaither Trio.

Instead of returning to Furman, she enrolled at Vanderbilt University in Nashville for the spring 1981 semester, but prior to that she undertook her first national as the main billing act on tour, playing 40 dates starting in February, backed by the Christian rock ensemble of DeGarmo & Key. Some of the shows were recorded, and Myrrh gave us two separate LPs, In Concert in May and In Concert, Vol. 2 in November. Christian radio made Top Ten smashes out of two new material from the discs, “Singing a Love Song” (written by Jim Weber) from the first album and “I’m Gonna Fly” from the second, and In Concert earned Grant her third consecutive nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary or Inspirational.

Grant’s life and career reached a turning point in the spring of 1982. Unable to balance her college studies with her performing and recording work, she dropped out of Vanderbilt 20 credits shy of her degree. Before that, she had accepted Chapman’s proposal, and she married him on June 19. By then, her star was on the rise not long after the April release of her fourth studio album, Age to Age. This was her breakthrough as a gospel singer and, more than that, an record that tested the limits of how popular gospel music could be. Christian radio found three Top Ten hits starting with the number one “Sing Your Praise to the Lord” (written by Rich Mullins), came by “El Shaddai” (written by Michael Card and John Thompson) and “In a Little While.” Age to Age entered Billboard magazine’s Inspirational chart in July and quickly raced to number one, where it stayed for an astonishing 85 weeks. It won Grant her first Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary, and it finally acquired her recognition from the Gospel music Association, which gave her its Dove Awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary record of the Year. (“El Shaddai” was named Gospel Song of the Year.) In November 1983, Age to Age became the first gospel record by a solo artist to be certified gold; it went platinum in June 1985. Myrrh put together a medley of the album’s music for release as an EP in the spring of 1983, and “Ageless Medley” made the Top Ten of the Christian radio charts and won Grant her second Grammy, for Best Gospel Performance, Female.

Age to Age made Grant a superstar within the gospel field. With that, her managers, Michael Blanton and Dan Harrell, began considering whether she could project her career beyond the gospel genre. In the summer of 1983, they sent her to the Caribou Ranch in Colorado, a first-rate recording facility used by the likes of Chicago and Elton John, to record a holiday LP. The modestly titled A Christmas album appeared in October. Christian radio made “Emmanuel,” a song written by Grant’s keyboard player, Michael W. Smith, a Top 20 hit, and the record peaked at number four in Billboard’s Inspirational chart. It became a perennial seller, going gold in November 1985 and platinum four years later. As Grant worked on her next album, Blanton and Harrell began booking her outside the usual gospel material circuit, and they did so with success. In December 1983, she sold out two dates at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.

Straight Ahead, Grant’s fifth studio album, was released in February 1984, and while it did not equal the commercial success of Age to Age, it was also very popular. On March 31, it ascended to number one on Billboard’s Inspirational chart, holding that position for 61 weeks. Christian radio made hits out of four of its songs: “Angels,” which hit number one; “Thy Word”; “Jehovah” (written by Geoffrey P. Thurman), and “The Now and the Not Yet” (written by Pam Mark Hall). “Angels” won Grant her third Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Female, and the record won the Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary album of the Year. Meanwhile, Blanton and Harrell continued to look beyond the gospel market. In the spring of 1984, Grant starred with Paul Williams and Tom Wopat in an hourlong television special called Story, songs and Stars that was based on the Cinderella story; it featured her material video for “It’s Not a Song,” a track from Straight Ahead with no overt religious theme. That summer, she toured the U.S. opening concerts for country star Kenny Rogers. By October, she had sold out two concerts at Radio City material Hall in New York City, hardly a hotbed of gospel music.

All of this helped to set up Grant’s major crossover move of 1985. Word Records made a distribution deal with the large independent label A&M Records, which reissued Straight Ahead just as Grant was appearing on the Grammy Awards show in February 1985, singing “Angels.” As a result, the year-old album broke into the Billboard pop record chart in April; in May it went gold. That same month, Grant’s sixth regular studio album, Unguarded, was released simultaneously by Myrrh for the Christian market and by A&M for the pop market. The overt Christian messages of the music on Age to Age and Straight Ahead were scaled back considerably on Unguarded, which frequently featured hopeful, but religiously ambiguous, lyrics. That, however, did not prevent Christian radio from giving airplay to five songs: “Find a Way,” which hit number one; “Wise Up” (by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Billy Simon); “Everywhere I Go” (by Mary Lee Kortes); “Sharayah”; and “Love of Another Kind.” A&M’s promotional muscle got “Find a Way” into the pop Top 40, and “Wise Up” became a minor pop chart entry. (“Find a Way” reached the Top Ten of the Adult Contemporary chart, and both “Wise Up” and “Everywhere I Go” also reached this chart.) Supported by an 18-month tour, the album went gold in September 1985 and platinum in June 1986, after it had won Grant her fourth Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Female and the Dove Award for Artist of the Year.

As Grant continued to tour in support of Unguarded, A&M and Myrrh put forth The Collection in July 1986, a compilation that topped the Inspirational chart for 29 weeks and went gold in February 1987, then platinum in August 1989. The album contained two newly recorded tracks, “Stay for Awhile” and “Love Can Do.” Both made the Top Ten of the Christian radio chart, “Stay for Awhile” at number one; “Stay for Awhile” also made the Top 20 of the Adult Contemporary chart. Grant won a Dove Award for Short Form music Video of the Year for the song. Her increasing profile in the songs business resulted in opportunities to work with other artists. Producer Michael Omartian, whom she knew from the Christian material field, invited her to duet with former Chicago singer Peter Cetera on “The Next Time I Fall,” a song for Cetera’s second solo album, Solitude/Solitaire. The album was released on Warner Bros. Records in June 1986, and “The Next Time I Fall,” billed to Peter Cetera with Amy Grant, was issued as its second single in September. Spurred by a stylish video that ran often on MTV, the single dominated the Adult Contemporary chart in November and the pop chart in December, leading to a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a pair or lineup with Vocal. At the same time, the always Christmas-conscious Grant had joined Art Garfunkel in recording a suite of songs written by Jimmy Webb as The Animals’ Christmas, released by Columbia Records in November, and Garfunkel joined Grant on her first network tv special, Headin’ Home for the Holidays, which was broadcast on NBC in December. (There was also a home-video version, retitled Amy Grant’s Old Fashioned Christmas, which went gold in 1992.)

Having completed all her recording and promotional activities in December 1986, Grant announced that she was pregnant and temporarily retired to prepare for the arrival of her first child. Matthew Garrison Chapman was born September 25, 1987. His mother came back to the material business with the release of her seventh studio record of new material, Lead Me On, in June 1988. Lead Me On was a surprisingly serious effort from Grant, its title track discussing (albeit in poetically heightened terms) slavery and the Holocaust, during “Faithless Heart” described adulterous temptations and “What About the Love” (written by Kye Fleming and Janis Ian) cast a skeptical eye on preachers, Wall Street brokers, and nursing homes. With a glossy pop production and Grant’s impassioned vocals, the record was well received critically, leading to the by-now expected awards: a fifth Grammy for Best Gospel Performance, Female, Dove Awards for Artist of the Year, Pop/Contemporary album of the Year, and Short Form material Video of the Year for the track “Lead Me On.”

But it marked something of a speed bump in terms of Grant’s career as a record seller. Christian radio was enthralled, giving significant airplay to six songs: “Saved by Love” (number one), “Lead Me On” (number one), “1974” (a song about youthful conversion that led off the LP), “What About the Love” (number one), “Say Once More,” and “Faithless Heart.” The pop market was less impressed, however. The Adult Contemporary chart listed both “1974” and “Saved by Love,” but only in minor positions, and “Lead Me On” spent just two weeks in the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 96. The record shipped gold and dominated the Inspirational chart for 36 weeks, but despite a promotional tour that ran from September 1988 to March 1989, playing to a million fans in 135 cities, Lead Me On was a commercial disappointment from a pop perspective. (In March 2002, CCM magazine announced the results of a poll of its readers that named Lead Me On the number one Contemporary Christian songs album of all time.)

At the end of the Lead Me On tour, Grant took another pregnancy leave, her only significant recording activity for the year being a performance of the hymn “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus” on the Word Records various-artists record Our Hymns; she co-arranged the song, which earned her a share of a Dove Award for Country Recorded Song of the Year. On December 18, 1989, she gave birth to Gloria Mills Chapman, known as Millie. On May 26, 1990, a Billboard poll on the 1980s named Grant Gospel Artist of the Decade and Age to Age album of the Decade. She would become equally successful in the ’90s, but would do so by leaving gospel material behind almost entirely. Heart in Motion, her eighth new studio album, largely downplayed the serious side she had revealed on Lead Me On in favor of frothy pop/rock music.

Released in March 1991, it was accompanied by an aggressive promotional campaign on the part of A&M Records. (Grant later claimed that the label was trying to make up for its recent loss of Janet Jackson to Virgin Records by creating a new female pop superstar.) That campaign, along with a music video depicting Grant and a male actor pretending to be in love, helped make “Baby Baby” (which Grant said she actually wrote about her daughter) into a number one pop hit in April, leading to Grammy nominations for album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It was came by four more Top 40 hits, each accompanied by a songs video, the first three of which also reached the Top Ten: “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love Is For,” “Good for Me,” and “I Will Remember You.” As a result, the record sold five million units by the end of 1997. (The Heart in Motion Video Collection, meanwhile, went gold.) The Christian market came along, too, with Heart in Motion enjoying 32 weeks at number one on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Christian copies chart, at a time of Christian radio found six material it could broadcast, though it tended to prefer more thoughtful fare such as “Hope Set High” and “Ask Me” (which treated the subject of pedophilia and even asked the thorny theological question of how God could let such a condition occur).

Grant toured North America and Europe from July 1991 to March 1992. The following month, she was again named Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards and also picked up a Dove for Song of the Year as the co-author of Michael W. Smith’s “Place in This World.” She went on pregnancy leave a third time, but managed to contribute a cover of the Elvis Presley hit “Love Me Tender” to the motion picture soundtrack for Honeymoon in Vegas, released in August, and to record a second seasonal album, Home for Christmas, put forth in October, which hit number two and went platinum in short order. On October 11, 1992, she gave birth to Sarah Cannon Chapman, named after Harpeth Hall alumna Minnie Pearl, the Grand Ole Opry comedienne whose real name was Sarah Ophelia Colley.

With the massive success of Heart in Motion, Grant could afford to take some time off before tackling another album, but she undertook several recording projects in 1993. She participated in two spoken word albums for children, The Gingham Dog & the Calico Cat with songs by Chet Atkins and The Creation with material by Béla Fleck, both gave us by the Rabbit Ears label. And she and Chapman put together music from the Loft, a various-artists collection of religious tunes for teenagers that won the 1994 Dove Award for Praise and Worship album of the Year. Then she turned her attention to her ninth regular studio album, burgeoning with House of Love in August 1994. The album was patterned after Heart in Motion, with a combination of catchy romantic material meant to hit the pop charts and more spiritual efforts to satisfy her Christian fans. The result was another multi-platinum success, even if the album sold less than half what its predecessor had. “Lucky One” made the Top 20, the title song (a duet with country star Vince Gill written by Wally Wilson, Kenny Greenberg, and Greg Barnhill, and featured in the film Speechless) hit the Top 40, and a cover of the Joni Mitchell standard “Big Yellow Taxi” reached the lower end of the singles chart. Meanwhile, the record dominated Billboard’s Contemporary Christian (copies) chart for 12 weeks and Christian radio found five other music to play, among them “Children of the World” and “Helping Hand,” both of which hit number one. Grant embarked on a yearlong tour in support of the album that concluded in September 1995. A month earlier, she had been featured on the various-artists album My Utmost for His Highest, singing the song “Lover of My Soul.” This enabled her to share in a 1996 Dove Award for Special Event album of the Year.

In February 1996, Grant was featured on the soundtrack for the film Mr. Wrong, singing the 1976 10cc hit “The Things We Do for Love,” which reached the Adult Contemporary chart. In December, she performed two sold-out concerts dubbed “Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas” at the Nashville Arena, beginning what became an annual event. Otherwise, she spent 1996 and much of 1997 working on her tenth regular studio album, Behind the Eyes, which was gave us in September 1997. The album acquired critical approbation for what reviewers saw as a return to her early folk-rock style and for its serious, self-revealing lyrics. It would have been equally accurate to note that Grant, who always paid close focus to current trends in pop, had dropped the heavy synthesizers and drum programming after listening to new competitors like Sheryl Crow and Jewel. As for the lyrics, during Grant had always emphasized the travails of life, contrasted with the benefits of spiritual support, on Behind the Eyes many fans thought they detected suggestions of real-life romantic discord.

The record entered the pop chart at number eight and went gold in less than three months as “Takes a Little Time” became a Top 40 pop and Top Ten Adult Contemporary hit, while “Like I Love You” also made the Adult Contemporary Top Ten and “I Will Be Your Friend” (written by Michelle Lewis, Dane DeVillier, and Sean Hosein) also reached the Adult Contemporary chart. The album won a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary record of the Year. Grant toured for a month in the fall of 1997, returned to the road for four months in March 1998, and played 22 cities on a Christmas tour in November and December 1998. Meanwhile, there was other recording activity. She sang a duet with actor Kevin Costner on a cover of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice” for the soundtrack of his film The Postman (December 1997); she and country vocalist Bryan White sang a duet on “With These Hands” from the various-artists recording of songs from composer Frank Wildhorn’s Broadway musical The Civil War called The Civil War: The Nashville Sessions (October 1998); and she sang “River Lullaby” on the motion picture soundtrack of the animated movie musical The Prince of Egypt (December 1998).

Grant and Chapman announced their separation after more than 16 years of marriage on December 30, 1998. Grant filed for divorce in March 1999, and the couple was divorced in June. The same month, she paired with the British Christian rock ensemble Delirious? on “Find Me in the River,” a song on the various-artists record Streams that earned her a share in the 2000 Dove Award for Special Event record of the Year. In September 1999, she returned to acting in the television movie A Song from the Heart, a drama in which she played a blind cellist. In October, she gave us her third seasonal album, A Christmas to Remember, which topped Billboard’s Contemporary Christian units chart for five weeks starting in November, made the pop Top 40, and went gold. Her tv special of the same name was broadcast at the same time.

On March 10, 2000, Grant married Vince Gill. She gave birth to her fourth child, Corrina Grant Gill, one year and two days later. In May 2002, she gave us Legacy…Hymns & Faith, her first record of overtly religious material since her pop crossover, consisting largely of traditional material with several originals included. It dominated Billboard’s Contemporary Christian albums chart and entered the pop chart at number 21. Grant and her producers, Gill and Brown Bannister, won the 2003 Dove Award for Inspirational album of the Year, and Grant and Gill won the Dove for Country Recorded Song of the Year for the track “The River’s Gonna Keep on Rolling” (written by Gill). Grant returned to pop songs with her first secular album in six years when she gave us Simple Things in August 2003. The record dominated Billboard’s Christian units chart and entered the pop chart at number 23, the same number achieved by the title song on the Adult Contemporary chart. Grant seemed to sum up her hitmaking period with the release of Greatest favorites 1986-2004 and the companion DVD Greatest Videos 1986-2004 in October 2004. Soon after, she announced that she had ended her association with A&M Records, noting that she no longer fit with the label.

In April 2005, Grant and NBC announced that she would host a reality tv special, Three Wishes, that also would serve as the pilot for a possible series. On the show, she and a team of experts would make wishes come true for participants. Grant’s follow-up to Legacy…Hymns & Faith, titled Rock of Ages…Hymns & Faith, was put forth in May 2005 on Word/Curb/Warner Bros. Records. Hymns for the Journey follwed a year later as did Time Again: Amy Grant Live All Access.