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.