Legacy...Hymns & Faith

Legacy...Hymns & Faith

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by Amy Grant
     
 

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In recognition of her 25th anniversary of making music, Amy Grant returns to her roots with this gentle collection of traditional hymns. Legacy marks Grant's first new nonholiday release since 1997's Behind the Eyes, and fans of Grant's "Baby Baby"-style glossy pop sound may be surprised to find acoustic folk renditions of "It Is Well with My Soul"See more details below

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In recognition of her 25th anniversary of making music, Amy Grant returns to her roots with this gentle collection of traditional hymns. Legacy marks Grant's first new nonholiday release since 1997's Behind the Eyes, and fans of Grant's "Baby Baby"-style glossy pop sound may be surprised to find acoustic folk renditions of "It Is Well with My Soul" and "The Old Rugged Cross" here. While she hasn't given up the contemporary pop scene; this record is for the singer's Christian audience -- people who, like Grant, grew up in church singing these beautiful old hymns and have a deeply rooted emotional connection to the music. That said, it's hard to beat Legacy for sheer beauty and emotional intimacy; while sacred music has enjoyed a resurgence of late -- award-winning trio Selah have built their career on hymns -- Legacy is an easy, peaceful collection that spotlights the purity of these old songs. Eleven traditional hymns are joined by four new songs; one, "I Can Only Imagine," earned a Dove Award for Song of the Year for its writer, MercyMe's Bart Millard. Legacy benefits from the light touch of co-producers Brown Bannister (a longtime Grant collaborator) and county singer Vince Gill, Grant's husband; delicate guitar work is embellished with sunny mandolins and harmonicas, giving this collection an easy, down-home feel. A fitting tribute to the legacy of a Christian music icon.

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All Music Guide - Robert L. Doerschuk
Within Amy Grant's rich catalog of sacred and secular recordings, Legacy...Hymns & Faith stands out for its thematic integrity and superb execution. Never a showy vocalist, she relies here on her familiarity with the material, most of which consists of old-time hymns, to convey the essence of each track. Her performances, bare of any extraneous effect and generally confined to a narrow segment of her range, blend into consistently excellent arrangements by Vince Gill (her husband) and Brown Bannister; these range from a catchy, soft pop treatment of "This Is My Father's World" through several dreamlike tracks, some buffeted by synths or strings (including "Softly and Tenderly," with its strong Daniel Lanois vibe), and one medley of particular beauty, "Fields of Plenty" and "Be Still My Soul," on which Grant sings a cappella and with Richard Bennett's acoustic guitar. Faith, in its gentlest manifestation, permeates the album up to the last track, "Marching to Zion," whose martial pipes and drums either disrupt the vibe or leave the listener exhilarated, depending on your disposition; a prayer, given in the studio by Amy's father, Burton Grant, and recorded by chance, provides an appropriate segue before the Crusaders storm off on their mission.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
5099996664223
catalogNumber:
66642
Rank:
26207

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss   Vocal Harmony
Brown Bannister   Choir, Chorus
Eric Darken   Percussion
John Darnall   Choir, Chorus
Richard Rodney Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Beverly Darnall   Choir, Chorus
Rodney Barber   Bagpipes,Drums
Richard Bennett   Acoustic Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Bekka Bramlett   Background Vocals
John Catchings   Cello
Chad Cromwell   Drums,Floor Tom
Jay Dawson   Bagpipes,Drums
Stuart Duncan   Fiddle
Vince Gill   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist,Vocal Harmony
Barry Green   Trombone
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Chris Harris   Choir, Chorus
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Jim Hoke   Harmonica
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John Jarvis   Piano
Bonnie Keen   Choir, Chorus
Gordon Kennedy   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sam Levine   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone,Penny Whistle
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Mac McAnally   Acoustic Guitar
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Michael Omartian   Piano
Gary Pigg   Choir, Chorus
Michael Rhodes   Bass
Pete Wasner   Synthesizer,Piano
Biff Watson   Acoustic Guitar
Andrea Zonn   Fiddle
Carol Davis   Bagpipes,Drums
Theresa Ellis   Choir, Chorus
Kim Keyes   Background Vocals
Tim Akers   Synthesizer,Accordion,Hammond Organ
Dan Needham   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass,Bass Guitar,Kalbasse
Billy Thomas   Background Vocals
Michael Blanton   Choir, Chorus
Jan Harris   Choir, Chorus
Bernie Herms   Piano
Rivers Rutherford   Acoustic Guitar
Tom Britt   Electric Guitar
Greg Cutcliff   Bagpipes,Drums
Traci Sterling Bishir   Choir, Chorus
Michelle Bentrem   Choir, Chorus
Jeffery Regan   Choir, Chorus
Sterling Bishir   Choir, Chorus
Todd Boswell   Bagpipes,Drums
Don Finto   Choir, Chorus
Burton Grant   Choir, Chorus
Cindy Hudson   Choir, Chorus
LeighAnn Jones   Choir, Chorus
Ginger Lang   Choir, Chorus
Phyllis Mayfield   Choir, Chorus
Carol Nuismer   Choir, Chorus
Carol Pigg   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Arranger,Producer
Amy Grant   Liner Notes
Ronn Huff   Arranger
Steve Bishir   Engineer
Vince Gill   Arranger,Producer,Liner Notes
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Carl Marsh   String Arrangements
Doug Sax   Mastering
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Susan Browne   Art Direction
Kevin Tucker   Artwork,Art Direction
Joseph Scriven   Composer
Charles C. Converse   Composer
Fred Paragano   Digital Editing
Robert Hadley   Mastering
Public Domain   Composer
Stuart K. Hine   Composer
Michelle Bentrem   Production Coordination Assistant
Katherine Petillo   Art Direction
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction

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