Amy Grant – Unguarded
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: 368 298-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album + Printed inner sleeve GEMA
Genre: Rock, Soft Rock
A1 Love Of Another Kind 3:20
A2 Find A Way 3:25
A3 Everwhere I Go 4:09
A4 I Love You 4:23
A5 Stepping In Your Shoes 4:33
B1 Fight 4:42
B2 Wise Up 3:53
B3 Who To Listen To 4:21
B4 Sharayah 4:51
B5 The Prodigal 5:08
Executive Producer – Dan Harrell , Gary Chapman , Michael Blanton
Producer – Brown Bannister
Unguarded is the ninth album by Christian music singer Amy Grant, released in 1985.
When Unguarded was released in 1985, Amy Grant was probably the most popular star in Contemporary Christian music, recording songs with religious lyrics in the pop/rock style of the day. With this album, however, the religious content of the lyrics was scaled back as compared with her two previous regular studio albums, Age to Age and Straight Ahead. Despite this, the albums lead-off single, “Find a Way,” was a number one hit on the Christian radio charts. Four other singles from the album were also Top Ten Christian radio hits.
The aggressive mainstream style of the songs on Unguarded, combined with a heavy promotional campaign on the part of the albums distributor in secular outlets, A&M Records, three of its singles reached the mainstream charts. “Find A Way” was a Top Ten hit on the Adult Contemporary chart and peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Everywhere I Go” was a Top Thirty AC single and “Wise Up” was a minor charting single on the Hot 100. Unguarded would be certified gold in September 1985, and platinum in June 1986.
This was the final album to be recorded at Caribou Ranch, which was owned by former Chicago producer/manager James William Guercio before the infamous March 1985 fire that destroyed the studios control room.
Amy Grant: Vocals.
Michael W. Smith: Synthesizer, Moog Synthesizer, Memory Moog.
Robbie Buchanan: Synthesizer, Piano, Arranger, Sound Effects, Drum Programming, Synthesizer Bass, DX-7, Jupiter 8.
Shane Keister: Synthesizer, Piano, Moog Synthesizer, Fairlight, Fender Rhodes, Explosions, Synthesizer Programming.
Dann Huff: Guitars.
Jon Goin: Guitars.
Michael Landau: Guitars.
Paul Jackson Jr.: Guitars.
Mike Brignardello: Bass.
Paul Leim: Drums, Drum Programming, Drum Overdubs, Linn.
Lenny Castro: Percussion.
Larry Williams: Synthesizer, Saxophone.
Kathy Burdick: Screams.
Bill Champlin: Background Vocals.
Gary Chapman: Background Vocals.
Chris Eaton: Background Vocals.
Kim Fleming: Background Vocals.
Tommy Funderburk: Background Vocals.
Steve George: Background Vocals.
Chris Harris: Background Vocals, screams.
Tom Kelly: Background Vocals.
Donna McElroy: Background Vocals.
Richard Page: Background Vocals.
Gary Pigg: Background Vocals, screams.
The album track “I Love You” is Amy Grants first secular love song from her own pen. It was dedicated to her then-husband Gary Chapman. According to one verse of the song:
You were pretty crazy, back when we fell in love
Wanting to be everything, that I would be proud of
Hours we spent dreaming, how we’d beat the odds
Now the truth has hit is, life is very hard
Life can be so hard
In the video for “Wise Up”, some of Tommy Funderburks backing vocals are convincingly lip-synced by a black woman.
Album – Billboard (America)
Year Chart Position
1985 The Billboard 200 35
1985 Top Contemporary Christian 1
Singles – Billboard (America)
Year Single Chart Position
1985 “Find A Way” Adult Contemporary 7
1985 “Find A Way” Christian Singles 1
1985 “Find A Way” The Billboard Hot 100 29
1985 “Everywhere I Go” Adult Contemporary 28
1985 “Everywhere I Go” Christian Singles 4
1985 “Wise Up” The Billboard Hot 100 66
1985 “Wise Up” Adult Contemporary 34
1985 “Wise Up” Christian Singles 2
1985 “Sharayah” Christian Singles 2
Amy Grant had just earned the title ‘Queen of Christian Pop’ in her native USA when she changed direction and started recording secular albums. She wanted to become as successful in the mainstream as she had been in Christian circles. Her 1985 album ‘Unguarded’ was an album not very different from other artists production-wise, but the fact that her lyrics were no longer riddled with references to Jesus, God and the Bible shocked her fanbase.
‘Find a way’ was a single from this album and it became a hit in America. She didn’t cross over to Europe yet (it would take her a few more years to do that), but this single is a promotional copy made in England. Proof that A&M Records were already trying hard to try and make her a star in the UK too.