She has been called “The Queen of Christian Pop.” She started in contemporary Christian music and then added pop music. She has succeeded in both.

Amy Grant is coming to Alabama. She performs on Friday at the Oxford Performing Arts Center.

Details on the event are found here.

Tickets are found here.

Amy Grant has won an impressive number of Grammy and Dove Awards. That is the very definition of a crossover artist.

She had the first Christian album to ever go platinum.  She has her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2006). She has sold 30 million albums and earned 22 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.

Grant started as a teenager in Christian music in the 1980s with "Father's Eyes," El Shaddai” and “Angels.”  In the mid-1980s, she began to broaden her music and became one of the first Christian artists to cross over into mainstream pop.

In 1986, she recorded her first number-one song in a duet with Peter Cetera, “The Next Time that I Fall” in 1991. It was followed by the blockbuster album “Heart in Motion,” which topped the Christian album chart for 32 weeks. It contained her second number-one pop single “Baby Baby” as well as “That’s What Life is For” and “Every Heartbeat.”

She has written books, including her memoir, Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far, and a book based on the popular Christmas song "Breath of Heaven” (Mary's Song) that she recorded and co-wrote.

The venue for the Amy show is the Oxford Performing Arts Center.  Oxford took an unused historic building and turned into OPAC. The classic building had been a city hall, fire station and city jail.  Millions later, it is now a 1,200-seat performing arts theater.   OPAC is located in historic downtown Oxford at 100 Choccolocco Street.

Besides Amy Grant, upcoming productions at OPAC in April can be found here.

I have traveled many moonless nights
Cold and weary with a babe inside
And I wonder what I've done
Holy father, you have come
And chosen me now to carry your son.

I am waiting in a silent prayer
I am frightened by the load I bear
In a world as cold as stone
Must I walk this path alone?

Breath of heaven, hold me together
Be forever near me, breath of heaven
Breath of heaven, lighten my darkness
Pour over me your holiness for you are holy
Breath of heaven

Jim ‘Zig’ Zeigler writes about Alabama’s people, places, events, groups and prominent deaths.  He is a former Alabama Public Service Commissioner and State Auditor. You can reach him for comments at

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