1984 Amy Grant – Straight Ahead

Straight Ahead is the fifth studio album, and eighth album by Christian music artist Amy Grant, released in 1984. This was Grant’s final album on Myrrh Records; she would later strike a record deal with A&M Records.

Straight Ahead was the follow-up to Grant’s ground-breaking 1982 album Age to Age. Containing songs that were more aggressive than the ones found on Age to Age, Straight Ahead was not as commercially successful as its predecessor. Nonetheless, it still topped Billboard’s Christian album chart for sixty-one weeks, knocking Age to Age from the number-one position. The song “Angels” was also a No. 1 Christian radio hit for thirteen weeks, and won a Grammy Award for “Best Gospel Performance, Female.” Straight Ahead would be certified gold in 1985. The song “Thy Word” is based on Psalm 119:105.

In 2007, Straight Ahead was reissued and digitally remastered by Grant’s new record label, EMI/Sparrow Records. The remastered edition is labeled with a “Digitally Remastered” logo in the ‘gutter’ on the CD front.

Straight Ahead was the first Christian album to chart on the Billboard pop album chart. A&M reissued it in 1985, just as Grant was appearing on the Grammy Awards performing “Angels”.

Tracks

1  Where Do You Hide Your Heart (Amy Grant, Michael W Smith) 3:58
2  Jehovah (Geoffrey P Thurman) 5:59
3  Angels (Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Brown Bannister, Gary Chapman) 4:12
4  Straight Ahead (Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Gary Chapman) 3:50
5  Thy Word (Amy Grant, Michael W Smith) 3:20
6  It’s Not A Song (Robbie Buchanan, Gary Chapman) 3:28
7  Open Arms (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Bruce Hibbard) 3:25
8  Doubly Good To You (Rich Mullins) 3:15
9  Tomorrow (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Bruce Hibbard) 3:26
10  The Now And The Not Yet (Pam Mark Hall) 3:36

Media

Musicians

1 Where Do You Hide Your Heart

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
Guitar (solo)Dann Huff
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsMichael Smith
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsDonna McElroy
Background VocalsGary Chapman
Background VocalsKim Fleming
VocalsAmy Grant


2 Jehovah

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsMichael Smith
SynthesizerShane Keister
PianoRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsGary Pigg
Background VocalsDonna McElroy
VocalsAmy Grant


3 Angels

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
KeyboardsMichael Smith
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerShane Keister
Chapman StickAndy Widders Ellis
Background VocalsBill Champlin
Background VocalsCarmen Twillie
Background VocalsDeborah Black
Background VocalsGary Pigg
Background VocalsMarty McCall
Background VocalsTamara Champlin
VocalsAmy Grant


4 Straight Ahead

BassMike Brignardello
BassDuncan Mullins
DrumsPaul Leim
Guitar (solo)Gary Chapman
GuitarJon Goin
KeyboardsShane Keister
PianoMichael Smith
SynthesizerRobbie Buchanan
Background VocalsDonna McElroy
Background VocalsGary Chapman
Background VocalsKim Fleming
VocalsAmy Grant


5 Thy Word

KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PianoMichael Smith
PianoShane Keister
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
Background VocalsCurt Lyles
Background VocalsLeann Jones
Background VocalsMark Mason
Background VocalsDonna McElroy
Background VocalsGary Chapman
Background VocalsKim Fleming
VocalsAmy Grant


6 It’s Not A Song

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
Background VocalsRichard Page
Background VocalsSteve George
Background VocalsThomas Kain


7 Open Arms

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsBilly Sprague
Background VocalsChris Harris
Background VocalsDave Thornton
Background VocalsRon Downey
VocalsAmy Grant


8 Doubly Good To You

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
KeyboardsMichael Smith
PianoRobbie Buchanan
SynthesizerShane Keister
PercussionFarrell Morris
VocalsAmy Grant


9 Tomorrow

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsPaul Leim
GuitarJon Goin
GuitarDann Huff
Fender RhodesRobbie Buchanan
PianoMichael Smith
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
PercussionLenny Castro
Background VocalsDonna McElroy
Background VocalsGary Chapman
Background VocalsKim Fleming
VocalsAmy Grant


10 The Now And The Not Yet

BassMike Brignardello
DrumsKenny Malone
GuitarJon Goin
SynthesizerAlan Steinberger
PianoMichael Smith
PercussionFarrell Morris
Background VocalsRon Downey
VocalsAmy Grant

Liner Notes

Producer – Brown Bannister
Producer (Executive) – Dan Harrell, Gary Chapman, Michael Blanton
Engineer – Jack Joseph Puig
Additional engineers – Jim Baird, Kevin Burns, Gene Eichelberger, Steven Ford, Jerry Mahler & Daniel Garcia

Design – Dennis Hill
Photography – Mike Borum, Aaron Rapoport

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Word, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Word, Inc.
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab
Mastered At – Sheffield Lab Matrix