Behind the Eyes

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Behind the Eyes
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released September 9, 1997
Recorded 1996-1997
Genre Pop, contemporary Christian music
Length 49:35
Label Myrrh, A&M
Producer Keith Thomas,
Wayne Kirkpatrick
Amy Grant chronology
House of Love
(1994)
Behind the Eyes
(1997)
A Christmas to Remember
(1999)
Bonus Disc cover
Cover of More Music From Behind the Eyes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Behind the Eyes is the fifteenth album by Christian music and pop music singer Amy Grant, released in 1997 (see 1997 in music).

Issued near the end of Grant's marriage to Christian singer-songwriter Gary Chapman, many of the songs on Behind the Eyes reflect Grant's struggles in her marriage and all relate to a theme of optimism. Upon its release, it went to No. 2 on Billboard's Christian albums chart and No. 8 on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, the first single from the album, "Takes a Little Time," was a Top Five Adult Contemporary hit and a Top Thirty pop chart single. "Like I Love You" and "I Will Be Your Friend" also reached the Adult Contemporary chart, at No. 10 and No. 27, respectively. The CD was also released in a limited 2 CD version (with the second CD titled, More Music From Behind the Eyes).

In 2007, Behind the Eyes was reissued and digitally remastered by Grant's new record label, EMI/Sparrow Records, along with 13 other Amy Grant albums. The remastered edition is labeled with a "Digitally Remastered" logo in the 'gutter' on the CD front.[2] Because of Grant's deal with her previous label, Word Records, the remastered editions of Behind the Eyes and A Christmas to Remember were not sold in Christian Music retailers such as Family Christian Stores or Lifeway Christian Resources until 2009. Until that time, Word Records continued to distribute those titles to Christian retailers in the original, non-remastered editions while EMI distributed the remastered editions to most major retailers. The 12 remaining remastered editions are distributed by EMI to all US retailers, both Christian and secular.[3]

The album was listed at No. 44 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music[4] and was Grant's most successfully charting album, reaching No. 8 on the Billboard 200, compared with Heart In Motion, which reached No. 10, and House of Love which reached No. 13.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nobody Home"   Glen Ballard, Siedah Garrett 3:37
2. "I Will Be Your Friend"   Dane DeViller, Sean Hosein, Michelle Lewis 4:00
3. "Like I Love You"   Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Keith Thomas 4:31
4. "Takes a Little Time"   Grant, Kirkpatrick 4:32
5. "Cry a River"   Grant, Kirkpatrick 4:39
6. "Turn This World Around"   Grant, Beverly Darnall, Thomas 3:40
7. "Curious Thing"   Grant, Kirkpatrick 4:05
8. "Every Road"   Grant, Kirkpatrick 4:31
9. "Leave It All Behind"   Grant, Will Owsley, Tommy Sims 3:22
10. "Missing You"   Grant 4:28
11. "The Feeling I Had"   Grant 2:55
12. "Somewhere Down the Road"   Grant, Kirkpatrick 5:09

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Grant: vocals, background vocals (1), acoustic guitar (11)
  • Keith Thomas: synthesizer programming (1), acoustic guitar (1), electric guitar (1,4), guitars (6), keyboards (2,3,4,6,9,11), string arrangement (11)
  • Mark Hammond: drums (1,2,6,11), bass programming (1), drum programming (4), Hammond B3 organ (9)
  • Dann Huff: electric guitars (1,2,11), guitars (3)
  • Spencer Campbell: bass (2)
  • Gordon Kennedy: acoustic guitars (2,4,6), electric guitar (4,5,8,10,11,12)
  • Phil Maderia: Hammond B3 organ (2,5,6,12), accordion (3)
  • Steve Brewster: drums (3)
  • Byron House: bass (3,6,11)
  • Terry McMillan: percussion (3,4,6,11), accordion (4)
  • Chad Cromwell: drums (4)
  • Tommy Sims: bass (4,9), acoustic guitar (9)
  • Kenny Greenberg: electric guitar (4), guitars (6)
  • Chris McHugh: drums (5,7,12)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas: bass (5,7,8)
  • Jerry McPherson: electric guitar (5,7,8), gut-string guitar (7), acoustic guitar (7), laud guitar (7), keyboard bassoon (8), Ebow (10)
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick: acoustic guitar (5,7,8,10,12), hi-strung guitar (8), hammered dulcimer (8,10), harmony vocals (5), background vocals (5,8)
  • Tim Lauer: accordion (5), melodica (5), pump organ (5), Wurlitzer keyboard (8)
  • John Magine: accordion (7)
  • Jerry Douglas: dobro (7)
  • Sam Bacco: percussion (7,8)
  • William Owsley: acoustic guitar (9), electric guitar (9,12), background vocals (6,9)
  • Greg Leisz: pedal steel guitar (8,10)
  • Carl Marsh: Fairlight uphonium (8), keyboards (10)
  • Dan Needham: drums (9)
  • John Hammond: drums, shaker & tambourine (10)
  • Larry Klein: bass & fretless bass (10)
  • David Lindley: Weisenborn guitar (10)
  • Sam Levine: flute (11)
  • Jackie Street: bass (12)
  • Matt Rollings: piano (12)
  • Ronn Huff: string arrangement (11)
  • Carl Gorodetzsky, Kris Wilkinson & Bob Mason: string players (11)
  • Lisa Cochran: background vocals (1,2,4)
  • Tabitha Fair: background vocals (2,4,7)
  • Kim Keyes: background vocals (3,7)
  • Michelle Lewis: background vocals (2)
  • Rick Polmbi: background vocals (5,7)
  • Christine Dente: background vocals (10)
  • Billy Gaines: background vocals (12)
  • Donna McElroy: background vocals (12)
  • Chris Rodriguez: background vocals (12)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Keith Thomas (1-4,6,9,11) & Wayne Kirkpatrick (5,7,8,9,10)
  • Executive Producers: David Anderle, Michael Blanton & Amy Grant
  • Production coordination: Shaun Shankel (1-4,6,9,11)
  • Production assistant: D'Ann McAlister (5,7,8,10,12)
  • Engineers, mixing: Bill Whittington, Dan Marnien
  • Assistant engineers: Greg Parker, Shawn McLean (1); Patrick Murphy & Chuck Linder
  • Overdub engineering (5,7,8,10,12): Dan Marnien, Craig Hansen, JB, Tom Laune; assisted by Glen Spinner, Reed Shippen, Andy Haller, Eric Elwell, Thomas Johnson, Frank Rinella, Michael Zainer, David Nottingham & Eric Greedy
  • Mix assistant (5,7,8,10,12): David Nottingham
  • Arrangements (1-4,6,9,11): Keith Thomas
  • Design: Greg Ross

Charts[edit]

Awards[edit]

GMA Dove Awards

Year Winner Category
1998 Behind the Eyes Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r312594
  2. ^ Sparrow Records News
  3. ^ Welcome to EMICMG.com
  4. ^ Granger, Thom, ed. (January 2001). The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. Harvest House Publishers. pp. 148–9. ISBN 0736902813. 
  5. ^ "Amy Grant - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Top Christian Albums 1990s". Retrieved February 27, 2014.