Style: Roots-driven rock/pop; compare to Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Kate Campbell
Top tracks: "Better Than a Hallelujah," "Third World Woman," "Arms of Love"
In August 1999, just two months after her well-publicized divorce from husband Gary Chapman was final, Amy Grant took the stage at the Gospel Music Association's "Music in the Rockies" seminar in Estes Park, Colorado. The divorce—and the resulting public firestorm, especially in the Christian community—left Grant's emotions raw, and it showed. She broke down crying while singing "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus" as the audience watched in complete silence.
In that moment, Grant garnered renewed affection from the crowd as her story, vulnerable with fear and grief, resonated real-time with the roller-coaster journeys of many in attendance. It is with the same naked honesty that she has now mapped out a song-by-song journey of the past thirty years with Somewhere Down the Road. It's a project rife with pain, struggle, hope, and the honesty that has endeared her to millions.
The first single, "Better Than a Hallelujah," thematically proposes that a believer's broken pleas to God are "better than a hallelujah sometimes," placing Grant's compassionate vocal within a haunting musical track that is both intimately stirring and radio-ready. "Overnight" introduces the vocal gifts of Grant's daughter, 17-year-old Sarah Chapman, conjecturing the melodic roundness of Frou Frou and Regina Spektor while lyrically challenging, "If it all just happened overnight / You would never learn to believe."
The acoustic rock of "Hard Times," a la Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt, acknowledges that trials and tribulations come for us all, while "What Is the Chance of That" similarly injects ...1