Conventional wisdom has it that Amy Grant put contemporary Christian music on the map. After all, she was the first CCM artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the pop charts and the first to perform at the Grammy Awards.
Since then, Grant has been strumming her way through a 30-plus-year adventure as a singer-songwriter, author, television host and speaker.
Over the years, she has sold more than 30 million albums world-wide, including three multiplatinum, six platinum and four gold. Her chart performance has included six No. 1 hits, 10 pop singles and 17 Adult Contemporary tracks in the Top 40 and multiple contemporary Christian chart-toppers.
That success is reflected in six Grammy Awards and 26 Dove Awards that Grant has received, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a star on the Music City Walk of Fame. Additionally, she was recently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
If you go
* What: Amy Grant concert
* Where: Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.
* When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21
* Admission: $35-$75
* For more information: 423-757-5580
Stepping out from behind her guitar, Grant hosted the NBC prime-time series "Three Wishes" in 2005, bringing her into millions of living rooms across America every Friday night. The people she met and stories she collected proved to be great inspiration for creating new music and even writing a book. Two years later, Grant's first book, "Mosaic: Pieces of My Life So Far," was published.
In April 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her first pop hit, "Baby Baby," with a worldwide release of a new version of the song featuring pop sensation and fellow Capitol Music Group recording artist Tori Kelly.
Growing her wildly popular Christmas brand, Grant then released "Tennessee Christmas" in October 2016, her first all-new Christmas album in nearly 20 years. She and longtime friend Michael W. Smith present national arena symphony Christmas tours each November and December, and she also has an annual Christmas residency at the Ryman Auditorium with her country superstar husband, Vince Gill.
Grant resides with her family in Nashville, and is widely known for her philanthropic involvement in local causes and charitable organizations. Her own organization, The Helping Hands Foundation, has afforded her the opportunity to identify needs around her and the resources to help meet them.
Grant is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Tivoli Theatre, 709 Broad St.