Age to Age

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Age to Age
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released 1982
Recorded 1981-1982
Caribou Ranch,
Nederland, CO,
Gold Mine Studio, Brentwood, TN,
Sound Stage Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Gospel/Christian
Length 36:35
Label Myrrh
Producer Brown Bannister
Amy Grant chronology
In Concert Volume Two
(1981)
Age to Age
(1982)
Ageless Medley
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Age to Age is the sixth album by Christian music singer Amy Grant, released in 1982 on Myrrh Records.

Age to Age was Amy Grant's breakthrough album, finally earning her serious recognition within the burgeoning Contemporary Christian music community as it ushered her into stardom, and also contributed to the creation of the mold for the modern Contemporary Christian music star. The hit success of the album's first two singles, "Sing Your Praise to the Lord," featuring a piano intro based on J.S. Bach's "Fugue No. 2 in C Minor" from The Well Tempered Clavier, Book 1, and "El Shaddai," saw its sales take off, selling well over a million copies. It became the first Christian music album by a solo artist to be certified gold in 1983, and the first ever platinum Christian music album in 1985.

The album was listed at No. 92 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music and it was one of the fastest-selling specifically Christian albums ever released. It sold about 5-6,000 copies a week on average, which was unheard of for a Christian album at the time. Dan Harrell, one of Amy's managers, claimed that it was the fastest selling record in her record company's history. Indeed, it became the first Christian album by a solo artist to be certified gold (1983), and the first Christian album to be certified platinum. It became so popular that it topped Billboard's Christian albums chart for 85 weeks, and was named Gospel Album of the 1980s by Billboard magazine.

A Deluxe Edition of Age to Age was reportedly slated for release by EMI on June 10, 2008.[2] However, when EMI released its June 2008 release schedule, Age to Age was not listed.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In a Little While"   Amy Grant, Brown Bannister, Gary Chapman, Shane Keister 4:20
2. "I Have Decided"   Michael Card 3:13
3. "I Love a Lonely Day"   Chapman, Michael W. Smith 4:03
4. "Don't Run Away"   Grant, Chapman 3:33
5. "Fat Baby"   Steve Millikan, Rod Robison 2:09
6. "Sing Your Praise to the Lord"   Rich Mullins 3:12
7. "El Shaddai"   Card, John Thompson 4:05
8. "Raining on the Inside"   Grant, Kathy Troccoli 4:10
9. "Got to Let It Go"   Grant, Bannister, Chapman, Keister, Smith 4:00
10. "Arms of Love"   Grant, Chapman, Smith 3:10

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Grant: Vocals.
  • Mike Brignardello: Bass.
  • Paul Leim: Drums.
  • Terry McMillan: Percussion.
  • Farrell Morris: Percussion.
  • Michael W. Smith: Keyboards.
  • Shane Keister: Keyboards.
  • Sheldon Kurland: Strings.
  • Gene Meros: Saxophone.
  • Dennis Solee: Saxophone.
  • Bobby G. Taylor: Woodwind.
  • Cindy Reynolds: Harp.
  • Lori Brooks: Background Vocals.
  • Gary Chapman: Background Vocals.
  • Jackie Cusic: Background Vocals.
  • Diana DeWitt: Background Vocals.
  • Phil Forrest: Background Vocals.
  • Jon Goin: Background Vocals.
  • Pam Mark Hall: Background Vocals.
  • Dennis Henson: Background Vocals.
  • Gary Pigg: Background Vocals.
  • Kathy Troccoli: Background Vocals.

Production[edit]

  • Producer: Brown Bannister.
  • Executive Producer: Michael Blanton, Dan Harrell.
  • Engineer: Jack Joseph Puig.
  • Mastering by Steve Hall.
  • Arranger: Alan Moore.
  • Design: Dennis Hill.
  • Photography: Mike Borum.

Charts[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Canada (CRIA) 50,000 Gold
United States (RIAA) 1,000,000 Platinum

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards

Year Winner Category
1983 "El Shaddai" Song of the Year
Michael Card (for "El Shaddai") Songwriter of the Year
Age to Age Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
Recorded Music Packaging of the Year

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1983 Age to Age Best Gospel Performance, Contemporary

Chart procession[edit]

Preceded by
Amazing Grace by B.J. Thomas
Billboard Top Contemporary Christian number-one album
July 17, 1982 – February 25, 1984
Succeeded by
Not of this World by Petra

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r90624/review
  2. ^ "Upcoming Christian Music New Releases". NewReleaseTuesday.com. 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  3. ^ "June08_cover_Prf3" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-09-17. 
  4. ^ Brothers, Jeffrey (2003). Hot Hits: Adult Contemporary Charts 1978-2001 (1st ed.). Bloomington, IN: 1stBooks Library. p. 104. ISBN 1-4107-3294-0. 
  5. ^ "Top Christian Albums - 1980's". Retrieved February 27, 2014.