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Subject: FAQ: AMY GRANT V-6.8 X-tended [1/2]

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Removed all but one link. o Updated the Videotape section in "The Collection of David Y." o added roughly 20 entries in 1995, 1996, 1997. o removed the annoying '!!' update symbols. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= .d88b w w w 8888 db .d88b. 8P www .d88b w8ww w8ww w 8d8b. .d88 8www dPYb 8P Y8 8b d8 8.dP' 8 8 8 8P Y8 8 8 8 dPwwYb 8b wd8 `Y88P' `Y88P Y8P Y8P 8 8 8 `Y88 8 dP Yb `Y88Pw wwdP The latest version of the Amy Grant FAQ can usually be obtained from the following ftp site: both versions: rtfm.mit.edu /pub/usenet/news.answers/music/amy-grant-faq/ via WWW: http://www.amygrant.org/info.html http://www.cis.ohio-state.edu/hypertext/faq/usenet/music/amy-grant-faq/top.html NEW!!! Check out the HTMLized FAQ by Henrik Espeland: http://www.web.net/~pbhatia/amyfaq/agfaq.html If you do not have access to ftp, you can send a mail message to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu Your message should contain the following two lines: send /usenet/news.answers/music/amy-grant-faq/part1 send /usenet/news.answers/music/amy-grant-faq/part2 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 888b. w 8 8wwwP w .d8b. .d88 8d8b .d88 88b. 8d8b. Yb dP 8 b 8 8' .8 8 8 8P 8 8 8 8 8P Y8 YbdP 888P' 8 `Y8P' `Y88 8 `Y88 88P' 8 8 dP wwdP 8 dP At the tender age of 16, when Amy went into the recording studio to make her first recording, she was scared stiff and couldn't do it. Finally, this was resolved by turning off all the lights in the studio. This let her concentrate on her feelings for God (since this was a religious tune), and just sing her heart out about it. (a) Here are a few highlights from the biography written on Amy. by: Bob Millard (1986) [aside: This is an unauthorized biography, and it is interesting to note that Bob has never met Amy in his life. Shortly after the book was published, Amy commented "He was pretty kind to me, for the most part"] (b) Amy entered her career rather naively. There was some confusion in her mind when she was told that she could do her first concert for $300. Not realizing that her hosts would pay HER for the privilege, rather than the other way around, Amy protested. "I only have $500 in my savings and I need it," she said. (71) "When I first started doing concerts I didn't have to go on the road because there wasn't any big demand for me," Amy recalls. "People would just call about once a month and ask if I could come to their place and sing. I'd pack up my guitar and just fly out there. It has really only been [since 1980 or 1981] that I've done any real touring at all. But one of the first concerts I can remember doing I had one thousand kids show up at the Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texas. "I had no idea how the promoter did that. I knew maybe three people in Fort Worth and couldn't understand how the promoter got one thousand people there. I hardly knew any songs. I just knew the songs I'd written plus maybe five or six more. I remember playing everything I knew and I'd only played for like fifty-five minutes and I finally said, 'I don't know any more songs.' But the kids yelled from the balcony, 'Why don't you just sing your songs over again?' It was so informal. I just said okay and started singing 'em over again." (79-80) "I had a dream," she says. "I dreamed I was in heaven and God put His arm around me and said, 'Amy, what have you done for me?' I had my album behind my back and said, 'Look, Lord, I've been singing for you. Here's my album.' He was a little disappointed. That's when I woke up and realized I was a little too proud of myself and that my whole life at that time was just a piece of plastic, a round record." (83) "Let me tell you what Amy did when she first started writing songs and getting a few royalties," Amy's mother says. "One year at Christmas she gave each one of her sisters one of her songs. They each get a royalty off it twice a year." The sisters' names do not appear as writers on any of the album jacket credits and no one in the family or management team has revealed which songs they are. Given the continued, steady sales of her albums, Amy's gift of songwriter credits has undoubtedly been worth hundreds of dollars to her sisters and will continue to ring up royalties, as long as her records stay in print. Amy's generosity to her sisters is a quiet, personal thing among the tightly knit family. (94) Amy and Gary spent long hours together both on and off the road that summer. Chapman's warmth and wit were winning one heart in the wings along with all the hearts and souls he was winning over in the audience. Amy learned a lot about performing by watching Chapman's timing and humor. And Gary couldn't help but notice the forthright honesty which magnified Amy's charismatic rapport with her audience. In front of the largest crowd, a thirty-thousand-strong festival of young people held in Kissimmee, Florida, Amy blurted out something to the crowd of high school and college students that immediately tore down all the barriers of pretense which an elevated stage and musical message can create. She told them that she was horny. "We're sitting there, I do my sound check. All these girls are in halter tops, great figures, everybody's wearing nothing, we're in Floriday," Amy says. "I'm eighteen and I know what they're thinking. I said, 'I really want to know Jesus and I really want to love him except...my hormones are on ten and I see you all... sitting out there getting chummy and praying together--and we're horny. My feeling is why fake it? I'm not trying to be gross, I'm saying let's be honest about what's coming down. Do you want to get to know Jesus? Fine. Let's be honest about who we are.' " (103) "I get tired of Christians trying to tell me what being a Christian is," Amy said when she was twenty years old. "I get tired of that kind of Christianity. I don't mean that in a disrespectful way, but it's especially true in the college- age group. People asking, 'Have you had your quiet time today?' We have such a regimented idea of what Christianity is. In college, everybody wears the same thing and they want their walk with the Lord to be the same way. Sometimes I just want to scream, 'I had a loud time with the Lord this morning!' Sometimes I just feel like Christians are boxing themselves in." (107) "I felt that initially I was really accepted and well- received by the audiences, but among the music people I was really looked down upon," she recalls. "They were all thinking...all the young kids buy [her records] because she sings so simply. They all thought that the three-year- old kid next door could write my songs. But that's just it; the three-year-old next door was not writing them." (114) "Sometimes I think it's a little unrealistic to think the only thoughts a person has are Christian thoughts," Amy recalls. "I remember going to a fraternity party and you just sense the electricity starting to happen. Some guy's paying you some attention and then somebody goes, 'Hey, this is the gospel singer' and phhht, there it goes. I felt like saying, 'Hey, look, I can flirt, I can date, I will kiss good night, we can embrace.' But once the stereotype is there-- wham!" (118) Many Vanderbilt boys were intimidated by her status as a "professional Christian." They avoided Amy in any normal social situation. "They think you're a female Billy Graham with a guitar," she complained (119). "I'll never be a star. I just prefer to wish upon them, Greet them at dusk, And watch them fall." That's how the postcard poem read. The message comes from her heart, a young woman's rejection of the Hollywood star-making machinery and its counterpart in the gospel music industry. Recognitions of her in the world of professional entertainment was growing each month, as the Grammy nomination and the GMA Dove Award nominations of the two previous years attested. The legion of Amy Grant fans continued to grow. (122-123) "Our big thrill was when we sang in a place called Brugg. This is not Bruge, Belgium it's Brugg, Switzerland. We sang at some kind of a ruin, it was like a circle of stones and obviously had pillars. There were about six thousand people there and we were invited to be part of a music festival there. They were cheering when we walked out and at first they told us to do six or seven songs, but by the time we got up it was only two songs. We were the nobodies so they cut us way down. We walked off and said, 'This will be incredible, the record company will be so excited. We've spread our names and spread our music.' "We walked off and someone came up to shake our hands and they said, 'Now what is your name?' We said Gary Chapman and Amy Grant. They said, 'They didn't introduce you, they just said here's the two Americans.' " (137) "Historically, any time a gospel artist has tried to cross over, it has been just death for them in the Christian music realm," Amy reflects. "I don't understand it. I don't understand the mentality that says you can't express several sides of your life. B.J. Thomas does it but he's highly criticized, and unfairly so. A person is a person and you have feelings. You know, I love my husband, I struggle in my relationship with my family, this is what I feel like when I'm driving home from work, this is how I brush my teeth. Not everything has some heavy spiritual emphasis. But I feel like there have been so few gospel artists that there's a real protective feeling in the gospel music industry."(141) "I felt like meat on a hook," Amy told Contemporary Christian Music magazine. "We'd go to places like Johnny Carson. The talent director would take me into the inner sanctum while Gary and my manager sat outside taking bets on how I'd do." (151) "Parents encourage their kids to go see Amy because her lyrics are clean, they're acceptable, and her venues are wholesome," explains GMA executive director Don Butler. "She doesn't want the conservative fundamentalists coming to her concerts. She wants young people who will get up and move to the beat, people who want to be pinned against the back wall by the volume for two hours. That's what she gives them. Besides, Amy never had the traditional gospel music fans, so how could she turn them off? She has never been the darling of the fundamentalists." (153-154) "There are a lot of songs that I just write and the only differentiation between them and secular pop music that I would say is that they are an observation of everyday life from a Christian perspective," Amy explains. "Like, I wrote a great song about my great grandmother one time and somebody who was really serious about what the lyrics should say might say, 'You know, you say you're a Christian singer, but I've played this song about your great grandmother for my friend and they were not saved. You're a failure.' A hard-line gospel songwriter might say that. But my point of view would be that instead of just writing about this one little piece of the spectrum, I'm just, as a songwriter, approaching life." (155) "There is a point at which we all have to say we're satisfied," she says. "I can't let the number of albums I sell dictate what I think of myself. If you start equating a song with dollar signs, you'll lose your value of what a song is all about." (159) "Gary's really great," she said. "Sensitive--maybe too much so--but that's balanced by a terrific sense of humor. Like most couples we fight about everything. 'You're so pushy,' he'll say. 'Stop manipulating me,' I'll say. It's a great marriage." (161) In Detroit, Amy was confronted by young fans who presented her with a bouquet of flowers attached to a note that read: "Turn back. You can still be saved if you renounce what you've done." "I cried in the shower, then went into the room and Gary was in bed, and I said, 'Would you hold me for a while?' and I just cried," Amy confesses. "Gary prayed for us, then the words of my pastor echoed in my head: "You are called to love them." (162) "I feel like in the past we have felt, we as Christian artists have felt like every song, every album had to encompass everything that means to be Christian," she says. "I feel like a lot of us now feel like 'let's approach all aspects of life from a Christian perspective.' Now it doesn't mean that suddenly every song doesn't have to be 'Blood on the Cross.' That's never not included. But it's just saying there's so many areas of life to be discussed and it's important to have somebody discuss it from a Christian perspective. How great to have a song that says, you know, it's really bad between me and my husband but I know that love perseveres." (167) Amy's enuncitation is often poor from behind a microphone, occasionally obscuring her lyrics, which, after all, are the heart of a gospel song. Many of her young fans know her lyrics by heart anyway, so they found a palatable invitation to faith in her Christian witnessing in her performance. There was the added communication of her mid- concert monolog, delivered partly while Amy lay flat on her back, legs crossed and kicking into the air like the B-grade movie stereotype of a teenage on the telephone. She came as close as she ever has to delivering a full-scale Christian witness during this part of the concert. "For maybe five of ten minutes [during concerts], I'll say who I am and what Jesus means in my life," Amy says. "I don't want to browbeat a crowd for two hours." (168) "I do what comes the easiest to me and people fall in the aisles," she says. "That's the difference with music. It's a talent that people will know who you are, but that doesn't mean it's a greater talent than any other. There are times when I've felt, 'What a farce,' that my sisters work so hard with their kids and get no attention. I do what comes naturally and get enought attention for all of us and forty times more. It's a humbling thing." (173) "When people express shock at the idea of crossover they're assuming that you're leaving something essential behind," Amy said to her critics in the Christian community. "I want to keep singing what I've always sung, but I see an opportunity to do both--to sing for a larger audience and to keep singing truth. And then I just go woooooo! Do it! Go for it!" (176-177) "What I want to do is to, in the way that I communicate and express myself, is to say what it means to be a vibrant Christian woman in the eighties," Amy explained. "And it doesn't mean, hey, my breasts are going to hang out over my shirt. I mean, that's gross to me. But it means to be wholesome and alive. I think a lot of times to me something that's very sexy, if you want to call it that, appealing to me is something that's very alive." (177) She stopped saying "maybe" to the possibility of crossover into the country or pop industry and in 1985 announced, "I want to play hardball in this business." "I want to be the U.S.A.'s top pop singer with the wholesome image," she says. "It's fun to fantasize with a Madonna. All through history there have been singers that projected a popular image: Carole King, Karen Carpenter. There's no balance to what kind of image is being presented to kids today. I want to be there." (177) "I see myself as sort of a combination performer and evangelist," Amy explains. "I hope people enjoy my singing, but at the same time their lives are affected by the words." (177-178) ---- ==> From Friends In Motion. (a) Thanks to Traci Miklos for this information. (b) From Lori McAlister -- thanks for the update! :) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 88888 w w 8 8d8b w Yb dP w .d88 8 8P 8 YbdP 8 8 8 8 8 8 YP 8 `Y88 Name: Amy Lee Grant :^) Born: Nov. 25, 1960 at St. Joseph Hospital in Augusta, GA Eyes: brown Hair: brown, naturally curly Weight: 128.4 lbs. Height: 5'7" Sisters: Mimi, Kathy, Carol Brother-in-law: Dan Harrell (married to Kathy) Married: Saturday June 19, 1982 - wedding at Vine Street Christian Church in Nashville, TN Husband: Gary Chapman (born August 19, 1957 in Waurika, OK) Children: Matthew Garrison (b.1988), Gloria Mills (b.1991), Sarah Cannon (b.1993) Father: Dr. Burton Paine Grant Mother: Gloria Grant Grandfather: Dr. Otis Grant Great Grandfather: Andrew Mizell Burton (multimillionare and philanthropist) Great Grand mother: Lillie May Armstrong Burton (Mimi) Cousins: Wilson Burton (founder of City magazine) Barry Burton (Vanderbilt Univ. football star) Nieces/Nephews: 19 and counting Pets: 2 cats, 1 German Shepherd, some horses, a mule, chickens Hobbies: writing, long walks, manual labor, sitting in barns Baptized: Church of Christ congregation in grade 7 Switched to: Belmont Church (of charismatic Christians), early teens Grammar school: Ensworth private High School: Harpeth Hall (got top honor -- 'Lady of the Hall') # A's = 5; # F's = 1 in English Lit Colleges: Furman University in Greenville, SC and Vanderbilt Univ. in Nashville, TN (20 hours short of graduating) - Major: English Lit (of course!) Favorite food: spaghetti (can't think of any least fave foods) - ethnic foods: crunchy shrimp rolls & bagels w/ smoked salmon & capers - ice cream: Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip, Haagen Dazs Chocolate - desert: Something that involves chocolate and peanut butter. It can be a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup or just a blob peanut butter butter with Nestle chocolate chips. - restaurant: California Pizza Kitchen (Los Angeles, casual) - past-time: gardening and cleaning - thing not to do: scrub the toilet - TV show: Seinfeld - comic: The Far Side - movie: Forrest Gump (Terminator, Rambo, etc, NOT my type) - source of trivia: Harper's Index - sport to join in: snow skiing and GOLFING - pro sport: football First piano lesson: 10 years old - took up guitar: 7th grade - romantic Kiss: Spring of 7th grade (last romantic kiss: 2 hours ago) - car owned: maroon, '73 MG GT (learned to drive on '63 VW Bug) - serious concert: [according to her] in July 1978 at Lakeside Amusement Park in Denver, CO. Given $300 for it. - album: 'Amy Grant' recorded at age 16, released in 1977 50,000 copies sold in first year--now 250,000+ sold! - big tour: 1981 with Ed DeGarmo and Dana Key - Dove award: presented at age 17 - Platinum album: Age to Age (1982). Also, first time ANY Christian artist had ever gone Platinum. Album won 6 Doves & 1 Grammy Started singing: At school for my friends Wrote first song: 15 years old (Mountain Man - never released) 6th, 7th, 8th grade music obsession: Cher, Carole King, Bette Midler Longest tour: Unguarded (June 1984 - September 1, 1986) Longest camping trip: 21 days, summer after 9th grade (3 bath) Longest flight: to Niarobi, Kenya to visit a friend Traffic tickets: Speeding = 1; Parking = 14+...I stopped counting Pet peeves: Too many interviews Scariest thing that happened: radial karetotemy eye surgery Best thing that happened: radial karetotemy eye surgery ---- Thanks to David Ragsdale for compiling this section from the 'Friends of Amy' newsletter, and a BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE goes to Lori McAlister for researching it in the first place. ;^) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= .d88b. dP db 8P Y8 dP dPYb 8b wd8 dP dPwwYb `Y88Pw dP dP Yb General: Where was the "Lead Me On" video shot? That song video was shot on three different locations. The waterfall scenes were filmed about 90 miles from my house in Tennessee. It is a privately-owned old mill, river and waterfall. Not a bad place for a backyard party, huh? Zion National Park in Utah was the grand, arid, mountainous part of the video. And finally, we did some set work in a sound studio in Los Angeles. Four days of filming in all, five days of travel and two weeks of editing...and voila! a 4 minute video! (Aug '89 FOA newsletter) Why are there two videos to "Good for Me"? The first video featured Amy singing and dancing with another female. Amy was trying to convey a message of two childhood friends, but in the making of the video and all the overprocessing that went on, she somehow felt the message she wanted got lost. Thus, she asked her male friend, Jme Stein, to shoot another video with her--the 2nd video. Refer to the section "Video Reviews" for a more detailed description. Where can I find "Politics of Kissing"? PoK is a very catchy song that Amy recorded for the House of Love project. It was released only on the Euro/Asian versions of the HoL CD. What circumstances inspired Lead Me On? Well, before recording Lead Me On, Amy had just come off of a lengthy (eighteen months) tour for Unguarded which had kept her on the road for over a year. This was pretty shortly after her marriage to Gary and the tour really put a strain on their relationship. Seems that travelling in buses everywhere with other musicians & concert production people, and staying in hotels and motels with thin walls made it hard for them to have time alone together; they came off the tour feeling kind of like strangers. On top of that, their first child, Matt, was born when Amy started Lead Me On, which put an additional strain on them adjusting to be new parents. Gary and Amy entered marriage counseling to get their relationship back on track. They were able to work it all out; two children and two albums later, things seem great between them. However, Lead Me On is definitely a product of those low times. The album has an overall melancholic feel to it, more thoughtful and reflective than her earlier gospel albums or her later pop albums. Especially songs like "Faithless Heart" which describes her temptation to be unfaithful in pretty clear terms. In the album dedication (to Matt) she wrote that she wanted him to know "how his mom felt about things" so she was clearly trying to make an album that reflected the times she was going through and the eventual strength she found. Because of these things, Lead Me On is the best and deepest album she has done, in my opinion. It really speaks to me of hard times overcome. This is the album that I put on when I am depressed and I have found it to be excellent personal therapy. Lead Me On is not only my favorite Amy Grant album, but my favorite album out of everything I own, period. However, although I would love for her to record another "Lead Me On", more than that I don't want Amy to ever have to go through that again. It's kind of a tough situation. The "tortured artist" has produced so much amazing art, literature, and music. How much do we want them to get their heads and lives straightened out, when it means that their work may be less interesting. Of course, I would never want Amy to go through pain for the purpose of writing better music (and of course, it is debatable that it is better in the first place) as she writes great music anyway. But I have that tug in me that wishes she would write something in that vein even though I know it was largely due to circumstances I would never wish upon her again. (David Ragsdale) What's In a Name? Who is Laura in "Saved by Love"? "Laura is a combination of everyone in my life, she is more than one person." It is a feeling, Amy goes on to say, that every woman has from time to time; wondering if there is more to life. (Today Show, interview by Jane Pauly, Nov. 24, 1988) "Laura" is not any one certain person. I've always liked the name. In fact, when I was a little girl, I wanted my name to be Laura. This character is actually based on one of my sisters. ("Laura loves her little family"...I liked all those L's) (Aug '89 FOA newsletter) Who is Sharayah? "Sharayah" is a name, that is all. It has no meaning that I know of, and it is not Hebrew. Actually, the man that I co-wrote the song with came up with the name Sharayah. It seems that he first saw the name in a newspaper article in his hometown of England. However, the owner of the name was a racehorce. (I guess you never can tell where a little inspiration might come from.) (Mar '86 FOA newsletter) What does El Shaddai mean? Here's a translation of the song lyrics: El Shaddai, El Shaddai (God Almighty, God Almighty) El Elyon Na Adonai (God in the highest, Lord) Er Kam Ka Na Adonai (I will have compassion on you Lord) (July '87 FOA newsletter) Friends of Amy: "How can I meet Amy?" Occasionally, when Amy is touring, a local concert promoter or sponsor will arrange for an autograph party in that city. We do not attempt to make arrangements for individuals either in their cities or here in Nashville. It would be a security and logistical nightmare to accommodate such requests. (Amy wanted me to add that if you ever pass her on the street, don't hesitate to stop and introduce yourself!) "regarding packages and gifts..." As of April 1990, we adopted a policy of not receiving packages or gifts of any kind. Packages with return addresses are returned. Those without are simply left at the post office. "regarding music, lyrics and demo tapes..." Amy simply does not have the time nor does she feel particularly qualified to critique music and lyrics sent to her. As for "pitching" your song to her, she only receives material presented through a reputable publisher and by her own request. In the past, we have attempted to return any lyrics submitted witha note of explanation. As of January 1992, we will only be returning those lyrics that are sent with a self- addressed stamped envelope. For legal purposes, all others will be destroyed. "regarding working for Amy or trying out for a band..." Honestly, you've got to know somebody on the "inside track" to even be considered for a position either in her personal staff or touring entourage. Prospective musicians/vocalists are welcome to submit resumes, demo tapes and inquiries to Mike Blanton at: Blanton/Harrell, Inc. 2019 Poston Ave Nashville, TN 37203 (this is Amy's management office) Who Are We? (in reverse alphabetical order) Lori McAlister: (refer to Friends of Amy section for more details) - Amy's personal correspondent since 1985 - handles Amy's "fan" mail - writes the Friends of Amy newsletters - joined Internet and a.m.a-g with a 'splash' in late June of '94 - an extremely valuable resource...gives us the 'inside' on Amy - lives in Nashville, Tennessee, USA - she can be reached at: LoriMc4FOA@aol.com or amygrant@netcentral.net Andreas Haug: (refer to ART Server and Obtaining... for more details) - sent the new group create control sequence in mid-January '94, bringing alt.music.amy-grant to life - administers the Amy Response Team (ART) Server and Gateway - administers Amy Grant - the Archive (AGtA) World-Wide-Web Server - lives near Stuttgart, Germany - he can be reached at: ajh@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de or me@this.net Steve Hill: - assisted in proposals to set rec.music.artists.amy-grant in motion - Amy's semi-official "dyed-in-the-wool" concert photographer - check out http://www.mindspring.com/~steve550/amy.html - he can be reached at: steve550@mindspring.com Gary Chapman: - Amy Grant's husband, lives in Franklin, Tennessee - he joined the group in early November, 1995 - Gary may still be reachable at: tejas57@aol.com Pradeep Bhatia: - nurtured a seed (idea) during Christmas of '93 to set alt.music.amy-grant (initially alt.fan.amy.grant) in motion - founder/administrator of alt.music.amy-grant, at the time the 2nd real newsgroup devoted to a female artist (alt.fan.debbie.gibson was doomed from the start because of naming problems) - pushed forth proposals to establish rec.music.artists.amy-grant - maintains the Amy Grant FAQ (what you are hopefully enjoying now) - currently lives in Brampton, Ontario, Canada - he can be reached at: blazer@this.net http://www.web.net/~pbhatia ---- Thanks to JediHolo for his contribution of the Today Show interview. A big round of applause goes to David Ragsdale for his contribution!!! What do all those funny characters mean? C O M M O N N E T A C R O N Y M S AOL America On-Line BTW By The Way BWG Big Wide Grin EOD End of Discussion FAQ Frequently Asked Questions FWIW For What its Worth FYI For Your Information HTML HyperText Mark-up Language IAE In Any Event IMHO In My Humble Opinion [In My Honest Opinion] IOW In Other Words IRL In Real Life IRC Internet Relay Chat LOL Laughing out Loud (major) / Lots of Love (minor) LTNS Long Time No See MYOB Mind Your Own Business OTOH On the Other Hand ROTFL Rolling on the Floor Laughing TTYL Talk To You Later URL Uniform Resource Locator [Address suitable for a web browser] WRT With Respect To [With Regard To] WWW World Wide Web A M Y G R A N T A C R O N Y M S AG Amy Grant AGC Amy Grant Chapman a.m.a-g alt.music.amy-grant newsgroup ART Amy Response Team (newsgroup <--> e-mail listserver) BYT Big Yellow Taxi CCM Christian Contemporary Music FOA Friends of Amy FOG Friends of Gary GC Gary Chapman HIM Heart in Motion HOL House of Love LMO Lead Me On r.m.a.a-g rec.music.artists.amy-grant newsgroup TLI The Light Inside TWLIF That's What Love is For --- Thanks to Brian Schafer for researching these. Great job, IMHO! :) =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 8888 w 8 d8b db 8www 8d8b w .d88b 8d8b. .d88 d88b .d8b. 8' dPYb 8d8b.d8b. Yb dP 8 8P 8 8.dP' 8P Y8 8 8 `Yb. 8' .8 w8ww dPwwYb 8P Y8P Y8 YbdP 8 8 8 `Y88P 8 8 `Y88 Y88P `Y8P' 8 dP Yb 8 8 8 dP dP (...or everything you've wanted to know about FRIENDS OF AMY, but were afraid to ask:) (info provided by Lori McAlister) "Where can I write to Amy Grant?" Send any and all correspondence to: Amy Grant Friends of Amy 9 Music Square S., Suite 214 Nashville, TN 37203-3203 e-mail: amygrant@netcentral.net Anything sent to Amy's attention at any other address (including her home) is forwarded to FOA. For time and security reasons, Amy doesn't open mail from anyone she does not personally know. She does receive a random sampling of her mail which she reads as time permits. She also has a question/answer section in her tri- annual FOA Newsletter. Every word of every letter Amy is sent gets read and dealt with in a confidential and responsible manner. "Brevity" is the key to getting your requests and questions answered most quickly. HERE'S WHAT'S AVAILABLE: [ALL PAYMENTS MUST BE IN U.S. DOLLARS] ** FOA Newsletter (February, June, and October issues) includes post card notices of tour itineraries, snapshots, recipies, question/answer, sneak peek lyric previews, behind the scenes and whatever else Amy feels like writing about. $6/year US $7/year CANADA $9/year other foreign ** A personalized, autographed, 5x7 B&W photo of Amy $2 U.S. $3 all foreign (be sure to include name for personalization) ** "Meet Amy Grant Chapman" info package: autobiographical info, trivia, personal spiritual journey, discography, her career start and most current project news. $7 US $8 all foreign ** "The Music Business From Amy's Perspective" info package: How Amy got started, her thoughts and advice for aspiring writes/performers, addresses to write for more information. $2 US $3 all foreign ALL FUNDS MUST BE IN U.S. DOLLARS. All the above prices include shipping and handling. Make cheques payable to FRIENDS OF AMY. Include your COMPLETE & LEGIBLE name and address with the order. Thanks! "AMY GRANT merchandise availability..." At this time, official Amy stuff is available only at the concerts. We HOPE to be able to offer some items from the HOUSE OF LOVE tour, but have no confirmation of this as yet. Music and video product are available wherever WORD or A&M products are sold. If what you're looking for is not in stock, ask the store to special order it for you. If that fails, in the US you can write to: Family Music Club P O Box 10659 Des Moines, IA 50336-0659 Another excellent place to find Amy collectibles is: Goods For You P.O. Box 25082 Nashville, TN 37202 =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= .d88b. 8 w w w 8P Y8 88b. w8ww .d88 w 8d8b. w 8d8b. .d88 8b d8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8P Y8 8 8P Y8 8 8 `Y88P' 88P' Y8P `Y88 8 8 8 8 8 8 `Y88 wwdP P I C T U R E S, N E W S L E T T E R S, L Y R I C S by F T P We are aware of one site carrying Amy-related Files. Connect using the "ftp" (or equivalent) program. Note: Unfortunately, the files at this site are woefully out of date, as most people have made the switch to WWW. cs.uwp.edu is probably the "largest" site carrying music related materials on the internet. Connect using the 'ftp' program and look in the directories under /g/grant.amy/ via the W O R L D W I D E W E B Marc Drumm's "Amy Grant Throughout this Web Wide World" Marc has set up links to just about any site on the web that contains Amy related pages. This would be a good site for surfers to springboard from. ;^) http://acm.cis.udel.edu/~drumm/agrant.html =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= db 888b. 88888 .d88b. dPYb 8 .8 8 YPwww. .d88b 8d8b Yb dP .d88b 8d8b dPwwYb 8wwK' 8 d8 8.dP' 8P YbdP 8.dP' 8P dP Yb 8 Yb 8 `Y88P' `Y88P 8 YP `Y88P 8 S U B S C R I P T I O N S Since there are several people out there without access to the newsgroup, we've set up an automated remailer which forwards all postings from the newsgroup via eMail. To subcribe, send a message containing the word 'subscribe' to the address: art-request@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de (for regular list) art-digest-request@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de (for daily digest) Important: Include the word 'subscribe' in the body of the message. Note: both lists are identical, except the digest contains all the regular posts and is sent out every 24 hours rather than as the posts are received as is the case with the regular list. Later, if you wish to get off the list, send the word 'unsubscribe' to the same address. Note: ART is a two-way gateway. All posts to the alt.music.amy-grant newsgroup are mirrored by the ART server to all ART subscribers. All messages sent to the ART server (address below) are mirrored to the newsgroup. Therefore, to post to the newsgroup, write your posting as usual, and send it via eMail to art@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de If you have any questions regarding this service feel free to ask the maintainer (Andreas Haug) ajh@ipc.uni-tuebingen.de =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- This FAQ maintained by Pradeep Bhatia. Thanks to all the contributors! If you would like to add to this, send submissions to: blazer@this.net -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= |||| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |||| END O F T H E A M Y G R A N T FAQ 1 |||| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | ||||