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Simple Things (Amy Grant album)

Simple Things
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 19, 2003
Recorded2002-2003 at The Bennett House, Sound Kitchen and The Beanstalk (Franklin, TN); The Parlor and Ocean Way Nashville (Nashville, TN).
GenrePop, contemporary Christian music
Length39:52
LabelA&M
Producer
Amy Grant chronology
Legacy... Hymns and Faith
(2002)
Simple Things
(2003)
Greatest Hits 1986–2004
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Simple Things is the twelfth studio album by Christian music and pop music singer-songwriter Amy Grant, released in 2003.

Grant's first secular album (while containing Christian themes) since 1997's Behind the Eyes, Simple Things did not see the mainstream success similar to Grant's albums from the 1990s. While the album topped Billboard's Christian album chart and the title track became a Top Ten Christian single, Simple Things peaked just outside the Top 20 on the Billboard 200, at No. 23. The title track peaked at the same position on the adult contemporary chart.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Happy"Amy Grant, Holly Lamar, Jerry McPherson, Keith Thomas4:10
2."Eye to Eye"Grant, Thomas3:58
3."Simple Things"Grant, Dillon O'Brian, William Owsley, Thomas3:58
4."Beautiful"Austin Cunningham, Trina Harmon4:11
5."Out in the Open"Grant, Chris Eaton4:37
6."I Don't Know Why"Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick3:31
7."Looking for You"Grant, Thomas4:12
8."Touch"Grant, McPherson, O'Brian, Owsley, Thomas3:28
9."Innocence Lost"Ron Hemby4:20
10."After the Fire"Grant3:21

Personnel

  • Amy Grant – lead vocals, backing vocals (5, 7), acoustic guitar (10)
  • Bruce Gaitsch – acoustic guitar (1, 3)
  • Jerry McPherson – electric guitar (1, 3, 7, 8, 9)
  • Kenny Greenberg – electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9)
  • Will Owsley – electric guitar (1, 2, 3), backing vocals (1), acoustic guitar (2), lead guitar solo (3)
  • Bobby Terry – acoustic guitar (2)
  • Pat Buchanan – acoustic guitar (4)
  • Tom Bukovac – acoustic guitar (4), electric guitar (4)
  • Vince Gill – acoustic guitar solo (4), guest vocals (4), backing vocals (7), mandolin (8)
  • Gordon Kennedy – guitars (5), electric guitar (6)
  • Tim Pierce – guitars (5)
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick – acoustic guitar (6), backing vocals (6)
  • Ron Hemby – acoustic guitar (9), nylon guitar (9), bass (9), drums (9)
  • Keith Thomas – keyboards (1-4, 7, 8, 9), programming (1, 2, 4, 8, 9), drum programming (2, 3, 7), bass programming (3, 7), acoustic guitar (7, 8)
  • Jeffrey Roach – keyboards (6)
  • Tommy Sims – bass (1, 2, 8)
  • Craig Nelson – bass (4)
  • Leland Sklar – bass (5)
  • Jimmie Lee Sloas – bass (6)
  • Chad Cromwell – drums (1, 7)
  • Chris McHugh – drum programming (2), drums (4, 5, 6)
  • Mark Hammond – drums (8)
  • Eric Darken – percussion (1, 2, 5, 7, 8, 9)
  • David Browning – percussion (2)
  • Rebecca Owsley – backing vocals (1)
  • Katy Hudson – backing vocals (2)
  • Tiffany Arbuckle Lee – backing vocals (2, 3)
  • Becky Corcoran – backing vocals (3)
  • Kim Keyes – backing vocals (6)
  • Felicia Sorensen – backing vocals (7, 8)

Production

  • Keith Thomas – producer (tracks 1-4 & 7-10), executive producer, mixing
  • Brown Bannister – producer (track 5)
  • Wayne Kirkpatrick – producer (track 6)
  • Ron Hemby – co-producer (track 9)
  • Bill Whittington – engineer (tracks 1–4 & 7–10), mixing
  • Steve Bishir – engineer (track 5)
  • JB – engineer (track 6)
  • Hank Nirider – assistant engineer (track 5)
  • Greg Fogie – assistant engineer
  • Kevin Edlin – assistant engineer
  • David Streit – assistant engineer
  • Chris Yoakum – ProTools editing, MIDI technician
  • Scott Hull – mastering at The Hit Factory (New York, NY).
  • Shaun Shankel – production coordinator
  • Darryl Bush – production coordinator
  • Jennifer Sigler – production coordinator
  • Traci Sterling Bishir – production manager (track 5)
  • D'Ann McAllister – production assistance (track 6)
  • Susan Browne – package design
  • Sam Jones – photography
  • Charles Dujic – stylist
  • Jeanne Yang – stylist
  • Kendra Richards – make-up

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2003 200 23
Top Christian Albums 1
Top Internet Albums 23

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2003 "Simple Things" Adult Contemporary 23
Hot Christian Adult Contemporary 6
Hot Christian Singles & Tracks 7
"Out In the Open" 24
Hot Christian Adult Contemporary 21

References

  1. ^ Simple Things at AllMusic