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In what's been a big week for Christian artist Amy Grant, not only did she release her first album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks From Here, but it also earned her a No. 12 spot on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on the Christian soundscan, selling over 26,000 copies this week.
"Amy Grant has delivered a beautiful record of compelling songs that document her life experiences over the past decade since her last studio record," said Peter York President, Capitol CMG Label Group. "It's an authentic album of songs she's written that allow the listener to peer deeply into her heart and connect emotionally with her journey. It must be heard to be appreciated and I would encourage all to taste and see."
The six-time Grammy winner drew inspiration for her 18th record from her late mother, who once told her "sing something that matters," reported The M Collective.
Grant is hoping this album is her most impactful one yet and received help from a list of famous friends such as: Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Will Hoge, Carole King, Eric Paslay and James Taylor.
"People have asked in the past, 'Who would you sing with if you could?' And I've always said, Well I don't know, just whatever happens. But I felt very intentional inviting these guests. Mostly because I love their work, but also because I felt like what they brought to the table creatively was exactly what that song needed," stated Grant to BreatheCast.
So far the critics agree, with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution saying, "Grant's most emotionally compelling release since 1988's 'Lead Me On'... proves that sincerity is not overrated and that open-hearted storytelling will outlast any musical fad."
The first single is a James Taylor-featured, "Don't Try so Hard," which continues to climb up the charts to no. 25.
Grant's career spans over 30 years with the release of her first album back in 1977. She has sold over 30 million records, has a five times platinum album, one triple, one double, and six single platinum as well as four gold albums.
The singer is a six-time Grammy award winner and holds 25 GMA Dove Awards, and was a awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.