Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead

by Amy Grant



Straight Ahead may sound like conventional Christian Contemporary light pop today, but when the album was released in 1984, it was an aggressively contemporary new direction for Amy Grant, the mild-voiced darling of the CCM industry. Grant's previous albums had been dominated by more or less easy-listening gospel tunes, with only a handful of slightly harder-edged exceptions (e.g. "Too Late" on the 1980 album Never Alone, "I Have Decided" on 1982's Age to Age). But with Straight Ahead, Grant and her faithful producer Brown Bannister heated up her sound with unprecedented quantities of electric guitar and synthesizer (supplied by emerging CCM icon Michael W. Smith, who also handled much of the songwriting). The album became an instant industry classic, and songs like the snappy "Where Do You Hide Your Heart," the worshipful piano ballad "Thy Word," and the Grammy winning rocker "Angels" have become staples in youth-group sing-alongs across the country. Straight Ahead was an important precursor to the even more aggressive 1985 album Unguarded, which produced Grant's first major crossover hit, "Love Will Find a Way."

Product Details

Release Date: 08/14/2007
Label: Sparrow
UPC: 0094639679225
catalogNumber: 96792

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amy Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donna McElroy   Background Vocals
Michael W. Smith   Piano,Keyboards
Bill Champlin   Background Vocals
Gary Chapman   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Jon Goin   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Sprague   Background Vocals
Debra Black   Background Vocals
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Jupiter 8
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Shane Keister   Organ,Synthesizer
Kim Fleming   Background Vocals
Steve George   Background Vocals
Chris Harris   Background Vocals
Dann Huff   Guitar,Soloist
Paul Leim   Drums
Kenny Malone   Drums
Mark Mason   Background Vocals
Marty McCall   Background Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Duncan Mullins   Bass
Richard Page   Background Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Gary Pigg   Background Vocals
Alan Steinberger   Synthesizer
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Deborah Lynn Black   Background Vocals
David Thornton   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Brown Bannister   Producer
Amy Grant   Composer
Rich Mullins   Composer
Michael W. Smith   Composer
Gary Chapman   Composer,Executive Producer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Composer
Gene Eichelberger   Engineer
Steven Ford   Engineer
Dennis Hill   Art Direction
Alan Moore   Arranger
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Jim Baird   Engineer
Kevin Burns   Engineer
Michael Blanton   Executive Producer
Dan Harrell   Executive Producer
Jerry Mahler   Engineer
Daniel Gracia   Engineer

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