Amy Grant

In Concert: Age to Age Tour

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Twenty-two-year-old Amy Grant is at her peak as the most successful artist in Contemporary Christian Music at this concert filmed in 1983. Backed by nine musicians (including three backup singers), she sings material from her catalog of six albums, particularly the chart-topping Age to Age, her most recent release at the time. She begins with Michael Card's "I Have Decided" and ends with Rich Mullins' "Sing Your Praise to the Lord," songs that define the terms of her Christian message, the former a somewhat stern, if self-directed song of Christian judgment, the latter a rousing praise song set to a majestic rock arrangement. In between, she can be more personal, picking up an acoustic guitar to sing her early hit "Father's Eyes," and lightly entertaining, joining her backup singers for a kick step during the deceptively humorous "Fat Little Baby." ("Listen to the words," she warns, and, indeed, those words, which castigate a backsliding Christian, belie the light-hearted music.) In mid-set, she introduces her husband, Gary Chapman, a popular Christian artist in his own right, who plays four songs and adds a comic touch to the show, then she returns to duet with him on "Always," one of three songs in the show she has not recorded (the others are "How Majestic Is Your Name" and "Friends"). Then comes her longest speech of the evening, an exhortation to her listeners to behave in a Christian manner even in the checkout line of the local supermarket. Vivacious and attractive, Grant makes an excellent cheerleader for CCM and comes across as a polished performer, just about ready to take the next step in her career.

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