The Grammy-winning singer is executive producer of this new documentary that tracks the development of contemporary Christian music.
Amy Grant is taking time out of a concert tour for the 30th anniversary re-release of her hit pop album Heart in Motion to promote The Jesus Music. She joined the Today show this morning to discuss the documentary, which she co-executive produced with fellow Christian singer/songwriter Michael W. Smith.
Directed by faith-based filmmakers Andrew Erwin and Jon Erwin (I Can Only Imagine), the movie follows the journey of contemporary Christian music from its birth in the 1960s to the billion-dollar business it has become. During her interview, the 60-year-old Grant says that across the decades, multiple genres and musicians from disparate backgrounds, belief in Christ as Lord and Savior is the music's common thread.
"It's the message of faith, just the faith journey...As somebody that loves music, this is why I started writing."
Grant and Michael W. Smith are among the musicians profiled in the documentary, as are the likes of Stephen Curtis Chapman, Lauren Daigle, For King & Country, Toby Mac, Mercy Me and CeCe Winans. Grant, a mother of four adult children, is 45 years into her career and is currently enjoying "probably the most joyful time" in her life and feels "so grateful" for her faith.
"As I've gotten older, I just say, 'Wow, it changed everything when I believed that God designed me to be uniquely me.'...I'm sure there are so many things I don't understand, but I'm just trusting that God, who holds everything in his hands: it's not a surprise to Him."
Grant also talks in the interview about surviving open-heart surgery last year and a unique bit of advice she got many years ago from the late Reverend Billy Graham. You can check it out via this link to the Today show. And her film, The Jesus Music, hits the big screen nationwide tomorrow: find a theater in your area and get tickets right here.