House of Love (Amy Grant album)

House of Love is the ninth studio album, and fourteenth album by singer-songwriter Amy Grant, released in 1994.

House of Love
House of Love album coverart.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 23, 1994
Recorded1993–1994
Studio
  • The Bennett House, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Tejas Recorders, Franklin, Tennessee
  • The Sound Shop, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Secret Sound, Nashville, Tennessee
GenrePop, contemporary Christian music
Length48:08
LabelA&M
ProducerMichael Omartian, Keith Thomas
Amy Grant chronology
Home For Christmas
(1992)
House of Love
(1994)
Behind the Eyes
(1997)
Singles from House of Love
  1. "Lucky One"
    Released: 1994
  2. "House of Love"
    Released: November 28, 1994
  3. "Say You'll Be Mine"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Big Yellow Taxi"
    Released: May 1994
  5. "Oh How the Years Go By"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

House of Love was Amy's follow-up to her quintuple-platinum 1991 release Heart in Motion. Although House of Love sold less than half of what its predecessor sold, it similarly combines pop music with Christian values. "Lucky One" was the album's biggest hit at No. 18 Pop and No. 2 Adult Contemporary in the U.S., followed by the title song and a remake of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi". "Say You'll Be Mine" also was a UK Top 50 hit. When it was released in 1994, House of Love was the biggest initial release in Christian music history, shipping almost a half million copies on its first day alone.

Copies of this album sold in Europe, Australia, and Japan feature the additional track "Politics of Kissing". Some of the album's other tracks garnered more notice later on when covered by other artists. "The Power" (written by Tommy Sims and Judson Spence) is featured on Cher's 1998 album Believe, and Vanessa L. Williams had an AC hit with her version of "Oh How the Years Go By".[citation needed]

In 2007, House of Love 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.[2]

Track listingEdit

US versionEdit

  1. "Lucky One" (Amy Grant, Keith Thomas) – 4:11
  2. "Say You'll Be Mine" (Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Keith Thomas) – 4:04
  3. "Whatever It Takes" (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Keith Thomas) – 4:10
  4. "House of Love (duet with Vince Gill)" (Greg Barnhill, Kenny Greenberg, Wally Wilson) – 4:38  Listen 
  5. "The Power" (Tommy Sims, Judson Spence) – 3:54
  6. "Oh How the Years Go By" (Simon Climie, Will Jennings) – 5:12
  7. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:01
  8. "Helping Hand" (Amy Grant, Beverly Darnall, Tommy Sims) – 4:39
  9. "Love Has a Hold On Me" (Amy Grant, Keith Thomas) – 3:55
  10. "Our Love" (Amy Grant, Tom Hemby) – 5:08
  11. "Children of the World" (Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims) – 5:16

UK versionEdit

  1. "Lucky One" (Amy Grant, Keith Thomas) – 4:11
  2. "Say You'll Be Mine" (Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Keith Thomas) – 4:04
  3. "Whatever It Takes" (Amy Grant, Gary Chapman, Keith Thomas) – 4:10
  4. "House of Love (duet with Vince Gill)" (Greg Barnhill, Kenny Greenberg, Wally Wilson) – 4:38
  5. "The Power" (Tommy Sims, Judson Spence) – 3:54
  6. "Oh How the Years Go By" (Simon Climie, Will Jennings) – 5:12
  7. "Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell) – 3:01
  8. "Helping Hand" (Amy Grant, Tommy Sims, Beverly Darnall) – 4:39
  9. "Politics of Kissing" (Amy Grant, Clif Magness, Wayne Kirkpatrick) – 4:17
  10. "Love Has a Hold On Me" (Amy Grant, Keith Thomas) – 3:55
  11. "Our Love" (Amy Grant, Tom Hemby) – 5:08
  12. "Children of the World" (Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Tommy Sims) – 5:16
  13. "Say You'll Be Mine (Radio Mix)" (Amy Grant, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Keith Thomas) – 3:57

PersonnelEdit

  • Amy Grant – lead vocals, background vocals (1, 2, 8, 11)
  • Keith Thomas – acoustic piano (1, 2, 3, 9), synthesizers (1–4, 9, 11), bass programming (1, 2, 3, 9), drum programming (1, 3), electric piano (4), additional synthesizer programming (5), percussion programming (9, 11)
  • Phil MadeiraHammond B3 organ (4, 11)
  • Michael Omartian – keyboards (6, 7, 8, 10), drum sequencing (8), horn arrangements (8)
  • Tom Hemby – keyboards (10), guitars (10), drum programming (10)
  • Jerry McPherson – electric guitars (1, 3, 4, 11), guitars (7)
  • Scott Denté – acoustic guitars (1, 11)
  • Will Owsley – acoustic guitars (1, 5)
  • Dann Huff – electric guitars (2), guitars (6, 8), acoustic guitar (9)
  • Kenny Greenberg – acoustic guitars (4), electric guitars (4)
  • Jerry Douglasdobro (5)
  • Brent Rowan – guitars (7), mandolin (7)
  • Gary Chapmanlap steel guitar (7), background vocals (7)
  • Tommy Sims – bass guitar (1, 4, 11), synthesizers (5), bass programming (5), drum programming (5), background vocals (5)
  • Danny O'Lannerghty – bass guitar (7)
  • Mark Hammond – drum programming (1, 2, 3), drums (9)
  • Chad Cromwell – drums (4, 11)
  • Chris McHugh – drums (6, 7)
  • Terry McMillan – percussion (4)
  • Eric Darken – percussion (7)
  • Mark Douthit – saxophone (8), soprano saxophone (10)
  • Doug Moffett – saxophone (8)
  • Mike Haynes – trumpet (8)
  • George Tidwell – trumpet (8)
  • Mark O'Connor – violin (11)
  • Ronn Huff – string arrangements and conductor (5)
  • The Nashville String Machine – strings (5)
  • Carl Gorodetzsky – contractor (5)
  • Lisa Keith – background vocals (1)
  • Athena Cage – background vocals (1, 3)
  • Ada Dyer – background vocals (2–5)
  • Judson Spence – background vocals (2–5), acoustic guitars (5)
  • Audrey Wheeler – background vocals (2–5)
  • Vince Gill – guest vocals (4)
  • Donna McElroy – background vocals (6, 8)
  • Ashley Cleveland – background vocals (6, 7, 8)
  • Michael Mellett – background vocals (6, 7, 8)
  • Lisa Bevill – background vocals (7)
  • Chris Rodriguez – background vocals (8)
  • Beverly Darnall – choir contractor (11)
  • Leann Albrecht – adult choir (11)
  • Jackie Cusic – adult choir (11)
  • Beverly Darnall – adult choir (11)
  • Lisa Glasgow – adult choir (11)
  • Gail Farrell – adult choir (11)
  • Sarah Huffman – adult choir (11)
  • Ellen Musick – adult choir (11)
  • Kristine Stroupe – adult choir (11)
  • Leah Taylor – adult choir (11)
  • Melodie Tunney – adult choir (11)
  • Butch Curry – adult choir (11)
  • Rick Gibson – adult choir (11)
  • David Holloway – adult choir (11)
  • Michael Mellett – adult choir (11)
  • Donny Monk – adult choir (11)
  • Guy Penrod – adult choir (11)
  • Gary Robinson – adult choir (11)
  • Beau Stroupe – adult choir (11)
  • Scott Williamson – adult choir (11)
  • Chris Willis – adult choir (11)
  • Katy Dunham – children choir (11)
  • Aubrey Hunt – children choir (11)
  • Shannon Love – children choir (11)
  • Mary Catherine Musick – children choir (11)
  • Isaac Darnall – children choir (11)
  • Lance High – children choir (11)
  • Asher Larrison – children choir (11)
  • Trevor Matheison – children choir (11)

Production

  • Keith Thomas – producer (1–5, 9, 11)
  • Michael Omartian – producer (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Amy Grant – executive producer
  • Michael Blanton – executive producer
  • Brown Bannister – executive producer
  • Todd Moore – production coordinator (1–5, 9, 11)
  • Suzy Martinez – production coordinator (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Bill Whittington – engineer, mixing (1–5, 9, 11)
  • Terry Christian – engineer (6, 7, 8, 10), mixing (7, 8, 10)
  • Mick Guzauski – mixing (6)
  • Shawn McLean – assistant engineer (1–5, 9, 11)
  • Greg Parker – assistant engineer (1–5, 9, 11)
  • Scott Link – assistant engineer (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Keith Robichaux – assistant engineer (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Mark J. Capps – assistant engineer (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • John Dickson – assistant engineer (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • James Dineen – additional engineering (6, 7, 8, 10)
  • Danny Duncan – MIDI assistant (5)
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Norman Moore – art direction, design
  • Richard Frankel – art direction
  • Albert Sanchez – photography

ChartsEdit