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.”

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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 19 Sioux City, IA Orpheum Theatre
September 20 Des Moines, IA Des Moines Civic Center
October 12 Augusta, GA Family YMCA
October 16 Phoenix, AZ Celebrity Theatre
October 17 Irvine, CA Mariners Church
October 18 Bakersfield, CA Bakersfield Fox Theater
October 19 Visalia, CA Visalia Fox Theater
October 22 Escondido, CA California Center for the Arts
October 23 Morgan Hill, CA Ann Sobrato Performing Arts Center
October 24 Modesto, CA Gallo Center for the Arts
October 25 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
October 27 Portland, OR Rolling Hills Community Church
October 28 Redmond, WA Overlake Christian Church
October 29 Spokane, WA INB Performing Arts Center
November 1 Prior Lake, MN Mystic Lake Casino Hotel
November 11 Las Vegas, NV The Orleans Arena
November 13 The Woodlands, TX Fellowship of the Woodlands
November 15 Branson, MO The Mansion
November 16 Wichita, KS Central Christian Church
November 18 Greeneville, TN Niswonger Performing Arts Center
November 20 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
November 21 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre
November 22 Upper Darby, PA Tower Theatre
December 4 Albany, NY Times Union Center *
December 5 Augusta, ME Augusta Civic Center *
December 6 West Point, NY Eisenhower Hall *
December 7 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand @ Foxwoods *
December 10 Baltimore, MD Lyric Opera House *
December 11 Salisbury, MD Wicomico *
December 12 Manchester, NH Verizon Wireless Arena *
December 13 Worcester, MA DCU Center *
December 15 Atlanta, GA Fox Theater *
December 16 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium *
December 20 St Charles, MO Family Arena *
December 22-23 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium *

* Christmas Tour with Vince Gill

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