Amy Grant released her first album as a guitar-playing teenager in 1978. Over the decades, she earned the title of the "Queen of Christian Pop." Her religious and nonreligious songs have become part of the radio soundtrack that accompanied the decades. "The Next Time I Fall," with Peter Cetera, looms large among the great duets of the '80s.
In 1991, "Baby, Baby" also resonated with mainstream audiences. And Grant is known for countless inspiration songs, such as "Angels" and the recent "Better Than a Hallelujah."
These days she remains in demand among Christian groups. Her candid memoir "Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far" landed on best-seller lists a couple of years ago, and it shows how many people feel an affinity not only with her music, but with her.
With a half-dozen Grammy Awards to her credit - plus numerous other awards and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame - Grant appears to be quite a coup for the Riviera Theatre (67 Webster St., North Tonawanda), where she performs at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for "An Evening with Amy Grant" are $35.50 to $40.50. Call 692-2113 for more information.
- Mary Kunz Goldman