137. Age to Age – Amy Grant

AGE TO AGE (1982)

Amy Grant

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.

 

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  1. aarjayaitch
    February 25, 2011 at 1:19 am

    “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.”
    It has been! Have you not heard “Somewhere Down The Road”? It is one of her best.

    • low5point
      February 25, 2011 at 1:22 am

      That’s what I meant by the comment. In my brain I thought I wrote “and was so excited to hear it blah blah blah”

  2. Reinald Hofman
    February 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

    I would have bought the album for only just the cover …. hey man, I was 17, give me a break ! Though the music was not my favorite style (too soft), I grew to liken it just for some excellent songwriting.
    (Hope my english is correct, I’m just a simple man from the other side of the planet).

  3. shawnuel
    February 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    I was 19 and felt the same way, Reinald…..and your English is excellent! I agree with you about the content as well. Too soft for me, especially as I was mostly listening to secular, underground, post-punk at the time.

  4. Greenchili
    March 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I love a rainy day..

    Our youth pastor actually knew the person that helped Michael Card Co-write the song “El Shaddai”

  5. Don
    April 8, 2011 at 4:36 am

    Great album, but I am glad it didn’t crack the top 100

    • low5point
      April 8, 2011 at 4:38 am

      Only one from Amy and one from Michael crack the Top 100. I am soooooo not CCM Magazine 🙂

  6. Tim
    May 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Yeah, you are much more of a West Coast CCM guy. I remember the debate that raged in the 80’s among my friends about whether Nashville produced CCM was good when compared to the innovative stuff coming from out west. I liked both myself.

  7. June 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Well, I love Amy Grant’s music. This is my favorite from her. I even like the song “Fat Baby”. Heh. Still, I guess “Lead Me on” is second favorite from her. I would have hoped that also “Unguarded” would have been on list of CCM Magazine instead of that Christmas album.

  8. Greenchili
    January 3, 2012 at 11:14 am

    The christmas album was the only one I held exception to on the CCM Mag top 100. The rest, however made pretty good sense. Considering the “Amifest” that was going on. 🙂

    For example I’m pretty sure I heard nearly every song from “Every Heartbeat” on the radio at some point and I know alot of the songs were on secular radio as well. That album was kinda like the “crossover” album for Amy.

    The first attempt at “crossover” I remember hearing was “Love Wil Find A Way” which made it to number 29 in the pop charts.

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