A beautiful, happily pensive picture of Amy graces the cover of Greatest Hits, as she appears to contemplate a life of great success, and a few public personal struggles and controversies. She is blessed by her talent and faith, and broken by the stresses and human frailties with which we all struggle. When your faith is your public face, it is all the harder to maintain an untarnished image. Even today I hear some Christians criticize her life, thinking somehow she should be an extension of the perfection of her voice, or at least keep her humanity swept under the rug. I do not join that crowd. Amy, I salute you.

This compilation of songs spans Amy Grant’s entire three decade career and includes 9 number 1 hits and nine top 5 hits on Christian and Contemporary Pop Charts. The CD starts with Simple Things with the apropos lyrics, “I remember how I used to want it all, funny now the big things seem so small”. Though the song was written a while back, we will learn so much more what this means for her with her upcoming book release, Mosaic, on October 16th.

19 total songs, many re-mastered, are presented for your pleasure. They generally proceed from more recent favorites of her Pop genre to the earlier Contemporary Christian music that caused her career to explode, with the first album of that genre to go Platinum. This CD has a favorite for everyone, though perhaps a little light on her country side. It seems the only thing missing is a Christmas hit, perhaps intentionally for this very reason.

The selections are mostly upbeat, with passion and depth. Great driving music if you like to dance in your seat. Several songs have repeat chorus’ that will be immediately familiar. You can ‘try before you buy’ both Baby, Baby and El Shadai are available as streaming audio.

Sparrow/EMI America Records released the album. It is accompanied by an in depth global catalogue marketing campaign and digital releases through the major DMIs including iTunes, offering the Album for $12.99. It is also available via Amazon.

The only incongruity reflects that of her career in general, the emphasis on the spiritual shifting to the pop lyrics that are sometimes clearly secular and sometimes a little ambiguous. Does she sing of earthy romantic love or of mystical spiritual love romanticized as with St. John of the Cross? Some fans might find this a little disconcerting if they greatly prefer one style or the other.

Six Grammy’s, 25 Gospel Dove’s, 300 million units sold. Those are for Amy. For us, well, we get what we really want; beautiful, tasteful, lively music in bunches.

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