137. Age to Age – Amy Grant
AGE TO AGE (1982)
No other album even comes close to being the game changer that Amy Grant’s “Age to Age” was in the CCM industry. New sales ground was broken, new concert venues were added and a burgeoning industry became a major force in the world of music.
Age to Age was selling per week what most “hit” albums sold in their lifetimes. Word kept the project as their featured “Album of the Month” for nearly a year as sales never slowed down. It was the first solo artists album in CCM to be certified gold and the first CCM album to ever break the platinum barrier. It remained the number one selling album for 85 weeks…in a row!
The album also contained two number one singles that have become classic “in the real sense of the word” with Sing Your Praise to the Lord and El Shaddai. The former written by the late Rich Mullins and the latter by the incomparable Michael Card. Both would never receive the recognition they deserved for writing those two songs, but both benefited greatly from their songs inclusion. Card would also pen “I Have Decided,” another major hit from the album.
Though I may never be able to forgive Ms. Grant for recording and including “Fat baby” on this project, but the rest of the album is actually quite strong and filled with brilliant songs for its era. The album was softer than the previous studio album which hinted at a more rock oriented grant. That was not to be the case and the album ends up stronger for the choice to be a more personal and transparent project.
One often overlooked song is the album’s closer. The beautiful and simple “Arms of Love” actually point toward the sound and lyrical style that would be employed by Grant later in her career. The song is also by far her best vocals on the project and i have always hoped it would be reworked by a more mature Grant on later projects.