It’s been ten years since six time GRAMMY winner Amy Grant released a full-length studio album, and it’s been a decade marked by soul-shaking milestones for the singer whose career has included over 30 million records sold, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ten Top 40 pop singles, 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. On 14th May, Grant will release ‘How Mercy Looks From Here,’ a soundtrack that embraces both the triumphs and challenges of life.
‘On How Mercy Looks From Here,’ Grant delivers one of the most powerful albums of her distinguished career. Produced by Marshall Altman (Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson), Grant’s compelling vocals make each song feel like a personal story shared by an old friend. “I feel the most settled in life and creatively, I feel like a kid again,” Grant says.
“A lot of major life changes happened during these past few years.” Grant says. “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 alike including James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Eric Paslay, Will Hoge, and of course, Vince Gill (see full track listing below).
‘Don’t Try So Hard’ is the first single on the project, a tender ballad about resting in God’s grace, making it a song that opened its arms wide to the warm vocals of James Taylor. “I’ve loved his voice forever,” Grant says with a smile. “I said, ‘I hear James Taylor on these lines and I’d love to ask him if he’d sing on this.’ He worked from home and he really spent some time stylizing it. He sent me a really sweet email afterwards saying that he’d “spent the last several days with my voice in his head and hoped I was pleased.”
Delivering a vibrant collection of songs that are both entertaining and substantive wasn’t by spontaneous generation. Inspired by a conversation with her ailing mother, to whom the record is dedicated, Grant approached this album as a woman with only one mission—making each song matter.