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Amy Grant: Out with the Old, in with the New…with the Old

Sparrow Records

Sparrow Records

Amy Grant was one of the first Christian music artists to create a “crossover” album with “Unguarded” which came out in 1985. Some viewed the event as a way of reaching out to the “unsaved” with mainstream music. Others thought she “sold out” her faith for fame. She got the same response in 1991 when she released her hit, “Baby Baby,” so, it will be interesting to see what happens with the news of Grant’s next release – a dance remix album.

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“In Motion: The Remixes” is set to release on August 19 of this year and will feature over 10 of her hit songs reinvented as dance mixes. “I never could have anticipated that these songs from an earlier chapter in my life could be filled with such renewed energy and fresh production,” remarked Grant in a recent press release. “I am humbled and honored that these amazingly talented producers have leant their gifts to my songs. They have given me reason to want to get up and dance again!” Producers on board for the project include Chris Cox, Tony Moran, Moto Blanco, 7th Heaven and Dave Audé.

This will be Grant’s first remix album which features a new version of “Baby Baby.” When the original came out it topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for two consecutive weeks. The new version is remixed by GRAMMY®-nominated producer, DJ and remixer, Dave Audé , will be available on July 22 with album pre-order.

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“Remixing ‘Baby, Baby’ has definitely been one of the highlights of my career,” Audé said. “I loved this song when it was released in 1991, and I still love hearing it today; you can’t say that about many records 23 years later. ‘Baby, Baby’ has crossed genres, and I’m hoping my remix will add yet another genre to this timeless classic.” To hear a sample, click here.

And in case you are wondering, the new album doesn’t only feature Grant’s more popular “secular-sounding” hits, but also the decidedly more inclusive “Christian” songs as well. “In Motion: The Remixes” will feature the following:

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  • That’s What Love Is For (Featuring Chris Cox)
  • Stay For Awhile (Featuring Tony Moran and Warren Rigg)
  • You’re Not Alone (Featuring Guy Scheiman)
  • Every Heartbeat (Featuring Moto Blanco)
  • Better Than A Hallelujah (Featuring Mark Picchiotti)
  • Love Will Find A Way (Featuring Ralphi Rosario)
  • Baby, Baby (Featuring Dave Aude)
  • Say Once More (Featuring Hex Hector)
  • Out In The Open (Featuring 7th Heaven)
  • BONUS MIX: Stay For A While (Featuring Tony Moran)
  • BONUS MIX: Mega Mix (Featuring DJ Andy 7th Heaven)

Of course, “In Motion: The Remixes” follows the success of last year’s “How Mercy Looks From Here,” which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Christian chart, making it a record-setting 16th #1 album for Amy in the Christian genre. The album also shot up the Billboard Top 200 Chart, debuting at #12. As Amy’s first new studio record in more than a decade, the album featured guests James Taylor, Carole King, Sheryl Crow, Eric Paslay, Will Hoge and Grant’s husband Vince Gill.

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