Unguarded

Unguarded

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by Amy Grant
     
 

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Unguarded, Amy Grant's sixth regular studio album (and ninth album overall), marked her big pop move. After 1982's Age to Age and 1984's Straight Ahead went gold despite distribution restricted mainly to Christian bookstores, Grant's management forged a distribution deal with majorSee more details below

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Unguarded, Amy Grant's sixth regular studio album (and ninth album overall), marked her big pop move. After 1982's Age to Age and 1984's Straight Ahead went gold despite distribution restricted mainly to Christian bookstores, Grant's management forged a distribution deal with major independent A&M Records for Unguarded, and the album was backed with a promotional campaign and national tour in keeping with a front-line pop act. Grant's producer, Brown Bannister, had been listening carefully to the pop charts throughout her career, and here he seemed determined to give her the kind of sound that would compete successfully on the secular airwaves of the day. For the mid-'80s, that meant synthesizers, programmed drums, and more synthesizers. And Bannister succeeded. It was easy to imagine the tracks on Unguarded being played alongside hits by the Cars, Duran Duran, and Thompson Twins on pop radio. What also made that transition easier was the only lightly spiritual content of the lyrics. In song after song, Grant (who contributed to seven of the ten tunes, mostly writing words) and her collaborators described life as a struggle and suggested encouragement; if you listened carefully, words like "God," "Jesus," "holy," and "pray" might turn up once per song, or might be only implied by context. In her earnest breathy voice, Grant instructed her fans that they'd better "Wise Up," "Fight," and know "Who to Listen To" (and who not to listen to), but, as those fans bopped along to the synthesized beats, they could be forgiven for missing most of the Christian message if they didn't consult the lyric sheet. As a result, Unguarded worked as intended, producing a Top 40 hit in "Find a Way" and reaching the Top 40 of the LP chart itself. And, as would become apparent, that was only the beginning.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/14/2007
Label:
Sparrow
UPC:
0094639679324
catalogNumber:
96793
Rank:
70264

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith   Synthesizer,Moog Synthesizer,Memory Moog
Bill Champlin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gary Chapman   Background Vocals
Jon Goin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Eaton   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Piano,Synthesizer Bass,DX-7,Jupiter 8
Kathy Burdick   screams
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Piano,Moog Synthesizer,fairlight,fender rhodes,Memory Moog
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Tommy Funderburk   Background Vocals
Steve George   Background Vocals
Chris Harris   Background Vocals,screams
Dann Huff   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Paul Jackson   Electric Guitar
Tom Kelly   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Paul Leim   Drums,drum overdubs,Linn
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals,screams
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Saxophone
Larry Andrew Williams   Synthesizer,Saxophone,Soloist

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Gary Chapman   Executive Producer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Sound Effects,drum programming,Track Arrangement
Shane Keister   Explosions
Paul Leim   Contributor,drum programming
Stephen Marcussen   Remastering
Gary Pigg   Music Stand
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer,Remixing
Doug Sax   Mastering
Diane Warren   Composer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Kent Hunter   Art Direction
Dan Harrell   Executive Producer

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