Never Alone

Never Alone

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by Amy Grant
     
 

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When you stop to think about it, it's difficult to pinpoint what it was that propelled Amy Grant to her unquestioned position as the reigning queen of Christian contemporary music. It wasn't her songwriting ability; Grant has rarely written, save for collaborations with greater talents like Michael W. Smith, See more details below

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When you stop to think about it, it's difficult to pinpoint what it was that propelled Amy Grant to her unquestioned position as the reigning queen of Christian contemporary music. It wasn't her songwriting ability; Grant has rarely written, save for collaborations with greater talents like Michael W. Smith, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Keith Thomas, or (ex-)husband Gary Chapman. Nor did she achieve fame through any particular accomplishment as a musician, as was the case with her CCM contemporaries Smith, Phil Keaggy and Keith Green. The record jacket for Never Alone pictures her sitting next to an acoustic guitar, but all of the guitars on the record (as on all of her records) are handled by session artists. She is known primarily as a vocalist, but unlike Sandi Patti or Charlie Peacock, she is not a particularly powerful or distinctive singer. Her voice is pleasant, pretty, and appealing, but limited in range and, especially on early records like Never Alone, sometimes thin and breathy. It's tempting to speculate that her friendly Everywoman persona struck a chord with fans (as it undoubtedly did) or that she looked exceptionally attractive in leopard skin jackets and pink lamé pants (which probably helped). But it's probably more accurate to say that Grant just got lucky in being the beneficiary of extremely skillful marketing campaigns by Word and A&M Records, who helped her develop a career-spanning ability to roll with the times and reinvent herself stylistically. This ability can be demonstrated by comparing the light pop of Never Alone songs like "Walking Away With You," "That's the Day" and "It's a Miracle" with later keyboard-pop hits such as "Love Will Find a Way" and "Baby Baby." Like the singer herself, Never Alone is pleasantly overachieving, easy to like but not particularly deserving of deep respect.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094639678723
catalogNumber:
96787

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brown Bannister   Background Vocals
Gary Chapman   Background Vocals
Mark Morris   Percussion
Pete Bordinella   Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar
Steve Brantley   Background Vocals
Thomas Cain   Piano,Background Vocals
Clay Caire   Drums
Jimmy Capps   Acoustic Guitar
Johnny Christopher   Acoustic Guitar
Roger Clark   Drums
Diana DeWitt   Background Vocals
Bruce Dees   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Piano
David Hungate   Bass
Clayton Ivey   fender rhodes
Patti Leatherwood   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Timothy May   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Farrell Morris   Percussion,Marimbas
Larry Muhoberac   Piano
Fred Petry   Percussion
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals
Cindy Reynolds   Harp
Jerry Roberts   Accordion
Denis Solee   Flute,Saxophone,Lyricon
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Belinda West   Background Vocals
Jack Williams   Bass
Bob Wray   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Greg Gordon   Background Vocals
Billy Joe Walker   Acoustic Guitar
Joe Schmee   Bass
Roger "Little" Clark   Drums

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Author
John Darnall   String Arrangements
Ronn Huff   String Arrangements
Shane Keister   String Arrangements
Don Hart   Horn Arrangements
Glenn Meadows   Mastering
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer

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