The flexing has paid off for [Amy Grant], now 30, who last flirted with mainstream success in the mid-'80s with the songs "The Next Time I Fall" (another No. 1) and "Find Your Way." The songs marked her as a soft-pop Anne Murray in the making, but her new album "Heart in Motion" (No. 11 nationally) is a more confident work reaching into synth-driven pop, funk and rock. It's won her an entire new audience "of mostly female fans," she says with a laugh from her home outside Nashville.
Grant also modestly concedes that she's been in the right place at the right time. She was in the shadow of Janet Jackson at her record label, but Jackson switched labels, giving Grant the chance she needed.
"MTV didn't air `Baby, Baby' until it was No. 3 on the charts," says Grant. "They have a long-standing reputation for doing things on the cutting edge; and I guess I have a long-standing reputation for doing things that are safe. So I could understand it. I never said how horrible MTV was for not playing my stuff. That's just the way life is. But deep inside, I knew if a song became popular enough, and the video was good enough, they'd have to play it."