In the world of contemporary Christian music, Amy Grant is pretty much royalty, with a legacy of classics to her credit and no signs of slowing down. Her chart-topping crossover hit “Baby Baby” just turned 25 this year, and got a 2016 update as a smooth, poppy duet with rising star Tori Kelly.
While this is one reboot we can all agree on, it got us thinking about some of the other memorable collaborations of Amy’s career. Let’s just say this puts Tori Kelly one degree of separation from…
From Amy Grant’s 2013 record How Mercy Looks From Here (buy), “Don’t Try So Hard” pairs her with music legend James Taylor for an easygoing acoustic ballad. Taylor isn’t the only notable guest on this record though, as Sheryl Crow, Will Hoge, and Carole King all make appearances.
Bet you didn’t know Amy recorded an artsy, choral Christmas album with half of Simon and Garfunkel. It’s true! Art Garfunkel’s The Animals’ Christmas, written by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, is a strange but delightful musical retelling the Nativity story from the unique perspective of the stable animals.
While everyone remembers that time she crossed over into the mainstream with “Find a Way” and “Baby Baby,” Amy’s first break into that world world was actually a duet with Chicago’s Peter Cetera. “The Next Time I Fall” went on to earn number 1 status and a GRAMMY nomination.
We could give a long list of fellow CCM artists that have recorded songs with The Queen of Christian Pop—Nichole Nordeman, Randy Stonehill, DeGarmo & Key just to name a few—but we especially like her collaboration with Delirious, “Find Me in the River.”
Michael W. Smith
Well, of course. He got his start playing keys for her, after all. Long time friends Amy and Smitty have a number of collaborations to their credit. The part of you that secretly digs dramatic ‘90s movie romance ballads can appreciate “Somewhere, Somehow” from Smith’s 1992 album Change Your World (buy).