Contemporary Christian musician Amy Lee Grant has recently undergone heart surgery to correct her partial anomalous pulmonary venous return (PAPVR). During a routine checkup, doctors discovered that Grant had a rare congenital condition.
On June 3rd, Amy's team posted on her official Facebook page, asking people to join them in praying as she undergoes corrective surgery for her PAPVR. A few hours later, her team provided an update, saying that she is out of surgery and that the doctor said, "it could not have gone better."
As Amy Grant successfully corrected her medical condition, the world can continue looking forward to her music. Here are some of the albums released by "The Queen of Christian Pop" to shed light in the middle of these trying times:
One of Amy Grant's most successful albums to date, "Unguarded," is often regarded as among CCM's most commercially successful album. The religious lyrics blended well with the mainstream pop sound. While reviewers noted that the Christian lyricality was toned down compared to her previous albums, it reached a wider market, earning a gold certification in September 1985, moving to platinum by June of the following year.
The album created the hit "Everywhere I Go," a splendid testament of God's presence and the inspirational rock track "Sharayah."
"Simple Things" (2003)
Although it did not perform as well commercially as Amy Grant's earlier works from the late 80s and early 90s, "Simple Things" is an excellent CCM album to explore. It contains songs that reflect a more mature Grant, resulting in songs that are secular yet grounded.
Listen to "Innocence Lost," an introspective song about finding innocence lost, or the titular single, which breathes gratitude and appreciation for the simple things we usually take for granted.
"Heart in Motion" (1991)
The quintuple platinum album covers a spectrum of songs from mainstream pop to Christian music, and it contained Amy Grant's biggest hit, "Baby, Baby." It was both accessible to new listeners and long-time fans of Grant's music.
It had the single "Ask Me," which chronicles a woman's journey from a terrible past towards healing through her faith. It also spawned the song "That's What Love Is For," which received heavy rotation among radio stations in the 90s.
"Lead Me On" (1988)
Although Amy Grant was a star in both Christian and mainstream pop music worlds, she was not only going with the flow. She released the acoustic album "Lead Me On," which was a return to her CCM roots. Only three songs were played on mainstream stations and didn't chart well on the Billboard Hot 100.
However, it would rise through the ranks and be recognized as the No. 1 album in CCM Magazine's "The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music." Listen to hits "1974 (When We Were Young)," "Saved by Love," and "Faithless Heart."
"Straight Ahead" (1984)
Amy's fifth studio album was the follow-up to her 1982 breakthrough "Age to Age." It was a landmark album by being the first Christian album to enter the Billboard 200 chart. It also earned Grant a Grammy Award for "Best Gospel Performance, Female."
Listen to the Psalm 119:105 -inspired "Thy Word," or the Christian hit "Angels," which remains one of Grant's most timeless hits.