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Interview:
Amy Grant Goes For "Uplifting" Sound With Orchestra
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Though the experience is “wonderful,” Amy Grant is, not surprisingly, fi nding that playing with a full orchestra is a little different than her normal gigs.

“It requires a lot more planning than just showing up with a band, where you can do audibles, yelling what the next song is,” says Grant, 45, who’s been a Contemporary Christian superstar since 1977 and crossed over to the pop charts with “Baby, Baby” in 1991.

“You have 70-plus people on stage, so you have to have a little more organization than that. Charts have to be written. Arrangements have to be locked in. You really have to ramp up for an evening like this.”

The hard work has its rewards, however. Grant called home to Tennessee after the tour’s fi rst show in Atlanta and told her husband, fellow musician Vince Gill, that “this might have been one of my favorite nights making music on stage in my life.” And, she says, that has everything to do with the show’s format.

“Symphonic music, especially in conjunction with songs that are familiar, are so uplifting,” says Grant, who will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Sept. 19 and releases “Time Again ... Amy Grant Live” on CD and DVD five days later. “You feel like you’re in the middle of a movie score or something.

“It’s elevating to people. It doesn’t matter if you walk in wearing jeans and a tattered T-shirt; when that music starts, you feel like royalty.”

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Amy Grant & Orchestra perform at 8 p.m. Saturday (September 2nd) at Meadow Brook Music Festival, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester Hills. Tickets are $48.50 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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