Heart in Motion

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Heart in Motion
Heart In Motion.jpg
Studio album by Amy Grant
Released March 5, 1991
Recorded 1989–90
Studio
Genre Pop, contemporary Christian music
Length 44:19
Label A&M
Producer Brown Bannister, Michael Omartian, Keith Thomas
Amy Grant chronology
Lead Me On
(1988)Lead Me On1988
Heart in Motion
(1991)
Home for Christmas
(1992)Home for Christmas1992
Singles from Heart in Motion
  1. "Baby Baby"
    Released: January 18, 1991
  2. "Hope Set High"
    Released: April 11, 1991
  3. "Every Heartbeat"
    Released: June 13, 1991
  4. "That's What Love Is For"
    Released: September 12, 1991
  5. "Ask Me"
    Released: 1991
  6. "Good for Me"
    Released: January 13, 1992
  7. "I Will Remember You"
    Released: March 31, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(C) [2]

Heart in Motion is the eighth studio album, and twelfth album by Christian pop singer Amy Grant, released on March 5, 1991.[3] The album features Grant's biggest worldwide hit, "Baby Baby" and was certified 5× platinum in the United States, selling over 5,000,000 copies.[4]

Composition[edit]

In contrast to its predecessor, the more acoustic Lead Me On, Heart in Motion consists of songs that were more heavily processed, as was the style of mainstream music at the time. In addition, unlike Lead Me On, Heart in Motion contains few overtly religious songs, with most of the lyrics for the songs on the album dealing with love or other life issues which would not be the exclusive concern of devout Christians. A couple of songs on the album, however, were openly Christian in their content, such as "Ask Me", which describes how a woman's faith helps her to heal from child sexual abuse, and "Hope Set High", both of which were hits on Christian radio. Another song with an overtly Christian theme is "You're Not Alone" which references a greater power despite edgy features like whipcracks and a screaming guitar solo.

Commercial success[edit]

Heart In Motion was a pop music blockbuster upon its release going to the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 (as well as No. 1 of the Christian albums chart for 32 weeks), and selling five million copies by the end of 1997. The first single from the album, "Baby Baby" – more or less the title cut, as the album's title is drawn from this track – hit the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart. The following four singles also performed well on the pop and AC charts: "Every Heartbeat" (No. 2 Hot 100, No. 2 AC), "That's What Love Is For" (No. 7 Hot 100, No. 1 AC), "Good for Me" (No. 8 Hot 100, No. 4 AC), and "I Will Remember You" (No. 20 Hot 100, No. 2 AC). The album was listed at No. 30 in the 2001 book, CCM Presents: The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music and was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA for sales of over 5 million copies, making it the best-selling Christian music album ever released.

The album also received a nomination at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for Album of the Year, which was awarded to Unforgettable... with Love by Natalie Cole.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Good for Me"Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tom Snow, Jay GruskaKeith Thomas3:59
2."Baby Baby"Grant, ThomasThomas3:57
3."Every Heartbeat"Grant, Kirkpatrick, Charlie PeacockBrown Bannister3:32
4."That's What Love Is For"Grant, Michael Omartian, Mark MuellerOmartian4:17
5."Ask Me"Grant, Tom HembyOmartian3:51
6."Galileo"Grant, Omartian, Gardner Cole, Mimi VernerOmartian4:19
7."You're Not Alone"Simon Climie, Rob Fisher, Dennis MorganBannister3:49
8."Hats"Grant, Chris EatonBannister4:09
9."I Will Remember You"Grant, Gary Chapman, ThomasOmartian5:00
10."How Can We See That Far"Grant, HembyBannister4:26
11."Hope Set High"GrantOmartian2:48
Total length:44:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Amy Grant – lead vocals, background vocals (3, 6, 7, 8, 10), executive producer
  • Jerry McPherson – guitars (1, 2, 3)
  • Donald Kirkpatrick – guitars (4, 5, 6, 9)
  • Dann Huff – guitars (7)
  • Gordon Kennedy – guitars (7)
  • Tom Hemby – guitars (10)
  • Keith Thomas – synthesizers, bass and drum programming (1, 2); percussion programming (1), background vocals (1), arrangements (1, 2), producer (1, 2)
  • Brian Tankersley – additional synthesizer programming (1, 2)
  • Robbie Buchanan – keyboards (3, 7, 10), bass (7), drum programming (10)
  • Blair Masters – keyboards (3, 7)
  • Charlie Peacock – keyboards (3, 7, 8, 10), programming (3), horn arrangements (3, 8), drum programming (10)
  • Michael Omartian – keyboards (4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11), background vocals (5, 6, 11), drum sequencing (5, 6, 9, 11), producer (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Tommy Sims – bass (3, 7, 8)
  • Mark Hammond – drum, percussion programming (1)
  • Chris McHugh – drums (3, 7, 8)
  • David Raven – drums (4)
  • Chris McDonald – horn arrangements (3, 8)
  • Mark Douthit – saxophone (3, 8)
  • Barry Green – trombone (3, 8)
  • Mike Haynes – trumpet (3, 8)
  • Sam Levine – baritone sax (8)
  • Ron Hemby – background vocals (1, 2)
  • Donna McElroy – background vocals (1, 2)
  • Vicki Hampton – background vocals (2, 3)
  • Chris Eaton – background vocals (3, 7, 8)
  • Kim Fleming – background vocals (3)
  • Gary Chapman – background vocals (4)
  • Diana DeWitt – background vocals (4)
  • Susanne Schwartz – background vocals (6, 11)
  • Chris Rodriguez – background vocals (7, 8), guitar (8)
  • Kurt Howell – background vocals (11)
  • Brown Bannister – producer (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Michael Blanton – executive producer
  • Todd Moore – production assistant (1, 2), assistant engineer
  • Janet Hinde – production coordinator (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Traci Sterling – production coordinator (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Richard Headen – production coordinator (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Bill Whittington – recording engineer (1, 2)
  • Todd Culross – assistant engineer
  • Kelly Pribble – assistant engineer
  • Jeff Balding – audio engineer (3, 7, 8, 10) , mixing (3, 8, 10)
  • Bob Loftus – assistant audio engineer (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Bill Deaton – overdub engineering (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Steve Bishir – overdub engineering (3, 7, 8, 10)
  • Rick Will – overdub engineering (7)
  • Terry Christian – audio engineer (4, 5, 6, 9, 11), overdub engineering (7), mixing (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Clark Germain – overdub engineering (10)
  • David Ahlert – additional engineering (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Laura Livingston – additional engineering (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Clif Norrell – mixing assistant (3, 8, 10)
  • Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, California – mixing location (3, 8, 10)
  • Brian Malouf – mixing (1, 2, 7)
  • Pat MacDougal – mixing assistant (1, 2, 7)
  • Can-Am Studios, Tarzana, California – mixing location (1, 2, 7)
  • Lighthouse, North Hollywood, California – mixing location (4, 5, 6, 9, 11)
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Precision Mastering, Hollywood, California – mastering location
  • Chuck Beeson – art direction
  • Rowan Moore – design
  • Victoria Pearson-Cameron – photography

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Canada (CRIA) 100,000 Platinum
United States (RIAA) 5,000,000 5x Platinum

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heart in Motion at AllMusic
  2. ^ "CG: Amy Grant". Robert Christgau. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Heart in Motion — Amy Grant". AllMusic. Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  5. ^ "34th Annual Grammy Awards - 1992". Rock On The Net. February 25, 1992. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Top Christian Albums 1990s". Retrieved February 27, 2014. 

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