Amy Grant's career spans over 25 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist. Grant has sold more than 30 million albums and has won six Grammy Awards, 25 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, and had the first Christian album ever to go Platinum. Heart in Motion is her highest-selling album, with over five million copies sold in the United States alone. She was honored with a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2005 for her contributions to the entertainment industry.
Grant has always loved music of all kinds. As she was learning all the songs from various artists, she was also attending a very vibrant church in downtown Nashville. It was a melting pot of cultures.
The church was located across the street from a bar so people from recording studios would wonder into the building, mixed in with people from the streets. The vibrant preacher, Don Finto, would go up there and just preach about the love of Jesus.
As Grant was singing secular songs, she had a desire to sing about Jesus. She had no gospel records, no faith-based music. She was singing about everybody else and even other people's songs, but she felt a void. So she starting writing and singing songs about Jesus.
Grant wanted to tell her friends and share her experiences about what was happening to her -discovering how different life felt, trusting that she was loved.
Grant's journey over the years was not one without bumps and struggles. Looking back now, she recognizes that even though there were times where she had veered away from the "straight and narrow path", it was all part of learning and understanding what "life" is.
Every one of us is on a journey and everyone is created and loved by God.
We are all on a spiritual journey even if you don't know it.
God has a way of finding us, even if it's at the point of death.
Back in the late 90's, Grant was singing at the final Billy Graham conference. At that time, Grant was facing a divorce. She had a private moment alone with Dr. Billy Graham, honestly telling him that her life was falling apart.
"Amy, I have a lot of children. Some kids just have to take the long way home."
That was a statement that Grant kept in her heart for years. The great thing about going through anything hard is that it will give you incredible compassion. Every "hard time" enlarges our ability to observe without judgement. You'll see that everyone is on a journey - we do some things right and some things wrong. At the end of it all, what Grant truly wants out of her life is to inspire people to explore the companionship of Jesus Christ.
That is all that counts for her.