In March 1991, Amy Grant released her ninth studio album, Heart in Motion. By that time, Grant was already a well-established superstar in the realm of CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) who had made significant inroads in mainstream pop. 1985's Unguarded - her first album to be distributed by A&M Records to secular retailers - yielded a top 30 Pop hit with "Find a Way." The very next year, she found herself atop the Hot 100 with the Peter Cetera duet "The Next Time I Fall." Heart in Motion solidified her standing as a pop powerhouse, reaching No. 10 on the Billboard 200 and earning a 5x Platinum certification. The album released on Myrrh and A&M yielded the No. 1 Pop and AC smash "Baby Baby" as well as four more major hits: "Every Heartbeat" (No. 2 Pop/No. 2 AC), "That's What Love Is For" (No. 7 Pop/No. 1 AC), "Good for Me" (No. 8 Pop/No. 4 AC), and "I Will Remember You" (No. 20 Pop/No. 2 AC). Now, on July 9, Heart in Motion will return in a deluxe, expanded 2-CD edition alongside a remastered version of the original album on vinyl.
The 30th anniversary Heart in Motion features the remastered original album (produced by Keith Thomas, Michael Omartian, and Brown Bannister) on the first disc with 16 bonus tracks on the second disc including a selection of the album's many contemporary remixes and edits as well as previously unreleased demos and rough mixes. Three new tracks also premiere here including "Don't Ever Want to Lose It (Wind in the Fire)." The Walmart-exclusive edition adds previously unreleased live performances of "Baby Baby" and "Every Heartbeat." Heart in Motion marked a new era for Amy Grant; it's now ripe for rediscovery. The 2-CD expanded edition is due on July 9 and the remastered vinyl LP follows on July 30.
In addition to carrying Heart in Motion, Walmart will be the exclusive physical retailer for a posthumous set by country-bluegrass-southern rock artist Charlie Daniels. On July 16, Blue Hat Records and BFD/Audium Nashville will issue Duets from the late Country Music Hall of Famer, and his duet partners are a rather impressive lot by any standard. The 19-track collection features music legends (Dolly Parton, Brenda Lee, the late Earl Scruggs and his family), country superstars (Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Brooks and Dunn), and everybody in between including such luminaries as Marty Stuart, Darius Rucker, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Gretchen Wilson, and Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie fame. The release expands Daniels' final studio album, 2007's Deuces, reprising all thirteen of that LP's tracks and adding six more duets.
Duets features Daniels' renditions of a pair of tunes penned by his old friend Bob Dylan ("Maggie's Farm" with Earl, Gary, and Randy Scruggs; "Like a Rolling Stone" with Rucker) plus numerous country, rock, and R&B standards such as "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" with Gill; "Let It Be Me" with Lee; "Jackson" with Wilson; and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" with Bramlett. The release anticipates the August 18 Volunteer Jam concert which will honor Daniels at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Gretchen Wilson, The Marshall Tucker Band, Keb' Mo', The Gatlin Brothers, The Allman Betts Band, The Outlaws, 38 Special, The Atlanta Rhythm Section, and Mickey Gilley are just a few of the artists who will be performing. Look for the CD release of Duets at Walmart or Walmart.com on July 16.
You'll find the track listing and pre-order links for both titles below.
Amy Grant, Heart in Motion (Myrrh/A&M 75021 5321 2, 1991 - reissued Amy Grant, 2021)
2CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Vinyl: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada
Walmart Exclusive 2CD: Walmart.com
- Good For Me
- Baby Baby
- Every Heartbeat
- That's What Love Is For
- Ask Me
- You're Not Alone
- I Will Remember You
- How Can We See That Far
- Hope Set High
- Don't Ever Want to Lose It (Wind In The Fire) (*)
- Stand By Me (*)
- Heart In Motion Medley (from A&M single 31458 0977 2, 1994)
- Good For Me (Demo)
- Baby Baby (7" Heart In Motion mix) (A&M single 75021 1549 7, 1991)
- Every Heartbeat (Steve Bishir edit)
- That's What Love Is For (Demo)
- Ask Me (7" Mix) (source TBD)
- Baby Baby (12" Heart In Motion Mix) (from A&M single 75021 7516 1, 1991)
- Galileo (Rough Mix)
- I Will Remember You (Rhythm Mix) (from A&M single 75021 7339 2, 1991)
- Good For Me (12" So Good Mix) (from A&M single 75021 2382 1, 1991)
- Every Heartbeat (Heart and Soul edit) (A&M single 75021 1557 7, 1991)
- Day And Night (*)
- Baby Baby (7" No Getting Over You Mix) (from A&M maxi-single 75021 7512 2, 1991)
- Good For Me (12" Mix) (source TBD)
(*) denotes new track
Charlie Daniels, Duets (Blue Hat/BFD/Audium, 2021) (Walmart.com)
- What'd I Say (with Travis Tritt)
- Signed Sealed Delivered (I'm Yours) (with Bonnie Bramlett)
- Jackson (with Gretchen Wilson)
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (with Vince Gill)
- Maggie's Farm (with Earl, Gary and Randy Scruggs)
- Daddy's Old Fiddle (with Dolly Parton)
- Like A Rolling Stone (with Darius Rucker)
- Evangeline (with The Del McCoury Band)
- Let It Be Me (with Brenda Lee)
- Long Haired Country Boy (with Brooks & Dunn)
- God Save Us All From Religion (with Marty Stuart)
- Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye (with Montgomery Gentry)
- Jammin' For Stevie (with Brad Paisley)
- Waco (with Garth Brooks on harmony vocals)
- The South's Gonna Do It (Again) (with Keith Urban on guitar)
- All Night Long (with Montgomery Gentry)
- Texas (with Ray Benson and Lee Roy Parnell)
- Southern Boy (with Travis Tritt)
- Long Haired Country Boy (with Hal Ketchum and John Berry)
Tracks 1-13 from Deuces, Blue Hat/Koch CD 4239, 2007
Tracks 14 & 18 from Redneck Fiddlin' Man, Blue Hat/Audium CD 8159, 2002
Tracks 15-16 source TBD
Track 17 from Fiddle Fire, Blue Hat CD BLH-9703-2, 1998
Track 19 from Blues Hat, Blue Hat BH-9701-2, 1997
Thrilled to see Heart In Motion being reissued. I've guarded my copy with my life since it's difficult to find at a reasonable price. I hope that House Of Love will be next in a couple years, and Straight Ahead is expanded also.
Hopefully the Charlie Daniels will be available at Walmart Canada.
That Charlie Daniels story is a sad one for sure. All that support of white supremacy, trying to overthrow the Capitol, and killing people when they lose elections ensures they will never see another dime of my money.
Larry Davis says
OK, I've always been a hardcore liberal and atheist, but before I became as hardcore as I was, I did have some of Amy's records, including "Heart In Motion", which I find regular copies in many used record store junkbins for as little as a dollar...I did find her politics & religion/spirituality more progressive (not stupid holyroller offensive), her pop harder edged...but still a bit too mainstream for my taste, but decent catchy songs regardless...YET she has still not dumped her CCM completely, which as a hardcore atheist now, I cannot fully embrace her music still...there are 2 songs, maybe 3, on "Heart In Motion" which are overtly religious: "Ask Me", "Galileo" & "How Can We See That Far"...and some can be interpreted as either religious or secular, like "You're Not Alone", which to be honest, has the best pop melody & hooks & chorus on the entire album, shoulda been a single, and it's the one song on the album she did not write...I was highly offended how "Baby Baby" was considered offensive by Christian extremists because it was deemed LUSTFUL!! Good gosh!! It's an honest reflection of happiness in a new relationship!! And Amy did not have any backbone in defending it, instead saying it was about her new baby daughter Millie...no it wasn't...nor was it offensive either!! It was a nice, unpretentious, catchy-as-heck pop song, kinda ABBA-ish...reminded me of when Michael Jackson changed his vidclip for "Black & White" when certain people complained, because he did not have the backbone to defend his art...he caved!! Amy should have been truthful, defended the song by saying it was about happy feelings in a new relationship & should have pissed off the Christian extremists & became atheistic...that would have been a GOOD thing, a bold move, to embrace her own personal truth, but no, she also caved...even later songs like "Takes A Little Time" have that offensive Christian undertones which are almost hidden, you only pick it up if you listen closely...which is dangerous because that is brainwashing!! I cannot embrace this reissue, Amy's music ever again, or any Christian/gospel artist...dangerous brainwashing...Charlie Daniels was also a dangerous Christian Republican who embraced Trump and the January 6th insurrection...I was never a fan & I hate most all Republican artists like him & Ted Nugent...no regrets, hold nothing back...I will only embrace Amy once she dumps the Christian tag, but will never happen still, based on her husband Vince Gill's song "When My Amy Prays"...it's useless to try...
Larry - you seem a decent chap, so file this under food for thought: we're all allowed to have our own opinions and belief systems.
Now, if you only track with people that agree with you, that's of course your right. But then your tolerance for new/different ideas is really small. And expecting others to conform to your (or anyone's) linear values is the antithesis of inclusion, and more importantly - it's highly unrealistic. We're all allowed to disagree on just about everything.
And so we *have* to make room for people to have ideals that we don't agree with, and *should* demonstrate respect for those that disagree with us, because we all want that same respect given to us.
The US is increasingly divided because people are unrealistic about the diversity of its constituents' values. We might as well accept that its people want different things, and will never align on everything. And work from there to partner on at least the most common values we share. ...Which may or may not include Amy Grant.
Mark H. says
Just a note: The Walmart bonus tracks aren't on the second CD; they are downloadable with a card included in the package.
Mark H. says
This is for the Amy Grant package, at least.
Joe Marchese says
Thanks for the update, Mark. We‘re disappointed to hear that.
Michael Roberts says
Not one cent of my money will go to anything Charlie Daniels related or to any artist who supports the republican agenda that was set forth and repeatedly stoked by trump.
I always found Amy Grant to be rather dull back in her heyday. Nothing against her being a Christian as she does seem like a perfectly nice person, but anything remotely religious is a no go for me after 52 years on this rock.
So both of these are very easy passes for me.