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Amy Grant brings ‘Mercy’ to Greeneville’s NPAC

November 7th, 2013 7:06 am by Entertainment Staff

Amy Grant brings ‘Mercy’ to Greeneville’s NPAC

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Local fans of six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Amy Grant will be treated to some of the biggest hits from her extensive repertoire along with selections from her recently released album “How Mercy Looks From Here” during “An Evening with Amy Grant,” coming to Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Nov. 14.

Tickets to the 7:30 p.m. concert, presented by the Tacoma Regional Hospital Foundation, are $50 for seats in the orchestra and mezzanine sections, and $40 for balcony-level seating.

Over the course of a career spanning more than 25 years, Grant has grown from her roots in gospel music into an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist.

Grant is beloved for both her contemporary Christian music and mainstream hits like “Baby Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “That’s What Love is For,” “I Will Remember You,” “Lead Me On” and “El Shaddai.” She has sold more than 30 million albums, including one five-time Platinum album, one triple Platinum and one double Platinum album, as well as six Platinum and four Gold albums. She has won six Grammy Awards and 25 GMA Dove Awards, including four Artist of the Year awards. Out of her 10 Top 40 pop singles, six have become No. 1 hits, including “Baby, Baby” and “Every Heartbeat.”
Grant was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2003, and is one of only two Christian artists to be awarded a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, she announced her first-ever label shift to EMI Music Group, where her entire music catalog was re-mastered and released via a “Greatest Hits” album and made available for the first time digitally.

In May of 2013, Grant released her first full-length studio album in 10 years, “How Mercy Looks From Here,” a soundtrack that embraces both the triumphs and challenges of life. The new album debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Soundscan and No. 12 on the Billboard 200 chart.

“A lot of major life changes happened during these past few years.” Grant said. “So on this record, there’s zero filler. Every song has a real story behind it.”

In telling those stories, Grant recruited an impressive array of friends and heroes, including James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Eric Paslay and Will Hoge. Working with producer Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson), Grant has delivered a vibrant collection of songs that are entertaining and substantive, and it wasn’t by accident. Inspired by a conversation with her ailing mother, Grant approached this album as a woman on a mission.

“A conversation I had with my mother a couple of months before she died helped set the direction for this record,” said Grant, whose mother passed away in April 2011. “Mom had a lifelong curiosity that kept her young at heart even when her mind was failing.

“One night, when I stopped by to visit her on my way to my bus to drive to a concert, she was surprised to discover that I was a singer. ‘Oh you sing?’ she asked. I said, ‘Yes ma’am. I sing,’ She asked, ‘What kind of songs do you sing?’ I was explaining what I sang to her and she asked if she could get on the bus and go with me. She was frail and clearly wearing out and I said, ‘Not this time.’ She said, ‘Well if I can’t go, do me a favor. When you get on stage, sing something that matters.’”

That simple, profound bit of advice took root and became Grant’s mantra for her new record.

“That’s how I describe it, it’s not all serious. It’s not all silly,” Grant said. “It’s just things that matter.”

For tickets or more information, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

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