He played it over the phone, and she was offered a recording contract, five weeks before her 16th birthday.
In 1977, she recorded her first album, Amy Grant, produced by Brown Bannister, who would also produce her next 11 albums.
In the mid-1980s, Grant began touring and recording with young up-and-coming songwriter Michael W. Grant and Smith continue to have a strong friendship and creative relationship, often writing songs for or contributing vocals to each other's albums.
During the 1980s, Grant was also a backup singer for Bill Gaither.
Grant received her first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Gospel Performance, as well as two GMA Dove Awards for Gospel Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year.
Toward the end of 1978 she performed her first ticketed concert after beginning her first year at Furman University.
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Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and media personality.
It was during these early shows that Grant also established one of her concert trademarks: performing barefoot.
To date, Grant continues to take off her shoes midway through performances, as she has said "it is just more comfortable." 1982 saw the release of her breakthrough album Age to Age.