Twenty years ago, contemporary pop and Christian performer Amy Grant released an album largely ignored by the mainstream music scene. “Lead Me On” was...

Twenty years ago, contemporary pop and Christian performer Amy Grant released an album largely ignored by the mainstream music scene. “Lead Me On” was critically acclaimed by Christian advocacy groups, but failed to make a name for itself on the charts. Grant’s betting that the second time around could be the charm. The singer/songwriter re-released the record as a two-disc, 20th anniversary set in June and kicks off her supporting tour this fall.

The Lead Me On 20th Anniversary Celebration Tour officially kicks off on October 12 in Augusta, GA, though Grant has two mid-September warm-up shows planned. The 21-date jaunt is a recreation of Grant’s original Lead Me On Tour. The tour wraps on November 22 in Upper Darby, PA, but that doesn’t signal an end to Grant’s tenure on the road.

On December 4, Grant begins a second tour with her husband, country recording artist Vince Gill, in support of her new holiday album. “Christmas Collection” is slated for a September 30 release, and its 18 tracks feature a mix of new songs and hits from Grant’s past Christmas records. Grant and Gill co-wrote one of the original tracks, titled “Baby, It’s Christmas.”

“I am so excited to recapture and re-engage audiences with these songs,” Grant said about the upcoming Lead Me On Tour in a statement on her Web site. “I can honestly say that I am truly looking forward to getting out and performing these songs, and hope to bring back the passion and inspiration these songs brought out in me and so many.”

Though the tour celebrates music released two decades ago, fans should keep their ears open for some possible new tunes. Grant has stated that she’s written enough songs for a new album, which she hopes to begin before the start of her tour.

Grant released her self-titled debut in 1977. In all, she has recorded 16 studio albums.

Amy Grant itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

September 19Sioux City, IAOrpheum Theatre
September 20Des Moines, IADes Moines Civic Center
October 12Augusta, GAFamily YMCA
October 16Phoenix, AZCelebrity Theatre
October 17Irvine, CAMariners Church
October 18Bakersfield, CABakersfield Fox Theater
October 19Visalia, CAVisalia Fox Theater
October 22Escondido, CACalifornia Center for the Arts
October 23Morgan Hill, CAAnn Sobrato Performing Arts Center
October 24Modesto, CAGallo Center for the Arts
October 25Wendover, NVPeppermill Concert Hall
October 27Portland, ORRolling Hills Community Church
October 28Redmond, WAOverlake Christian Church
October 29Spokane, WAINB Performing Arts Center
November 1Prior Lake, MNMystic Lake Casino Hotel
November 11Las Vegas, NVThe Orleans Arena
November 13The Woodlands, TXFellowship of the Woodlands
November 15Branson, MOThe Mansion
November 16Wichita, KSCentral Christian Church
November 18Greeneville, TNNiswonger Performing Arts Center
November 20Hershey, PAHershey Theatre
November 21Morristown, NJCommunity Theatre
November 22Upper Darby, PATower Theatre
December 4Albany, NYTimes Union Center *
December 5Augusta, MEAugusta Civic Center *
December 6West Point, NYEisenhower Hall *
December 7Mashantucket, CTMGM Grand @ Foxwoods *
December 10Baltimore, MDLyric Opera House *
December 11Salisbury, MDWicomico *
December 12Manchester, NHVerizon Wireless Arena *
December 13Worcester, MADCU Center *
December 15Atlanta, GAFox Theater *
December 16Charlotte, NCOvens Auditorium *
December 20St Charles, MOFamily Arena *
December 22-23Nashville, TNRyman Auditorium *

* Christmas Tour with Vince Gill

Last Updated on October 9, 2008 by By Allison Reitz