Amy Grant is Christian music royalty, having been recognized by The Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month (Dec. 6). Along with being nominated for 20 Grammy awards, Grant has been awarded over 20 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards over her successful career.
Grant pushed the boundaries of Christian pop music with her 1991 release of “Heart In Motion.” The album would cross the barriers of Christian music, going on to sell more than 5 million copies.
Grant’s hit singles “Baby, Baby,” “That’s What Love Is For,” and “Every Heartbeat” propelled her into the limelight of secular radio stations and into the homes of pop listeners around the world.
The Christian music queen of pop’s success opened doors for other Christian artists like Michael W. Smith, who crossed into the secular music world with his hit album “Change Your World” in 1992.
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Grant’s influential platform has given her the opportunity to speak out for the LGBTQ community. In 2013, Grant did her first LGBTQ+ press interview with PrideSource.com for the promotion of her “How Mercy Looks From Here” album.
In that interview, Grant answered questions about her faith and the LGBTQ community. She shared, “I know that the religious community has not been very welcoming, but I just want to stress that the journey of faith brings us into community, but it’s really about one relationship. The journey of faith is just being willing and open to have a relationship with God. And everybody is welcome. Everybody.”
Grant told “Proud Radio” host Hunter Kelly in 2021, “Nothing about who we are or what we’ve done. That’s why to me it’s so important to set a welcome table, because I was invited to a table where someone said, ‘Don’t be afraid, you’re loved.’ Gay. Straight. It does not matter.”
It “doesn’t matter how we behave. It doesn’t matter how we’re wired,” Grant said. “We’re all our best selves when we believe to our core: ‘I’m loved.’ And then our creativity flourishes. We’re like, ‘I’m gonna arrange flowers on your table and my table.’ When we’re loved, we’re brave enough to say yes to every good impulse that comes to us.”
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More recently, Grant shared with The Washington Post that she and her husband will be hosting her niece’s wedding at their 450-acre farm.