Twenty Years Ago…

Two decades ago this month, Amy Grant released her seminal album, Lead Me On. Wow. It’s still one of my all-time favorites. The maturity she exhibited, the artistry, the honesty, were far beyond anything she had shown…and well beyond anything the Christian music industry has released before and probably since.

I’ll never forget how I had saved what little money a 15-year-old could save to buy the tape (am I dating myself?), and how the Christian bookstore at the mall in Athens had sent me postcard notifying me that Lead Me On had been released. I had to beg my mom to take me there that day…I still love to get a new album the day it’s released…and she reluctantly took me. Man, I wore out that tape! I was immediately inspired, and I still am all these years later.

Now, I own it on CD, on vinyl (!), and on my iPod…not a tape in sight. For the most part, Lead Me On scarcely sounds dated, and it’s still a landmark work for Amy Grant and for Christian music. If haven’t heard it before, download it or find it somewhere; if you own it and haven’t listened in a while, I urge you to pick it back up. You won’t regret the experience.

5 thoughts on “Twenty Years Ago…

  1. Well, looks like I’ve got about 4 years on you – as far as the appreciation of Amy Grant. I was given “Straight Ahead” by someone in the church when I was ten and I didn’t really think much about it at the time, but then ended up wearing that thing out, too! You’re right though… haven’t dug that one out in quite some time, but just sitting here listening to clips on iTunes – WOW. Really takes me back in time! They’re still all great.
    (See what I mean, now. You just made me spend ten more dollars right there.) 🙂

  2. My first Amy Grant experience was the two “In Concert” tapes back in 1981. I didn’t know Christian music could be that good! Plus, I think I had a crush on her that lasted quite a few years. 🙂

  3. Well, I guess you two go back further after all. And, yeah aside from M.W. Smith, she was really the only widely known Christian artist for a long time. Which was really something. Then, I guess she married Vince and retired. Oh, well.
    No crush here for me, though I have coveted her hair for about 15 years now!

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