The tour hit major markets and was very successful, leading both groups to add a spring leg, which went into early summer of They were not able to go on the tour, with Avalon taking their place. It was certified gold by the RIAA in and platinum in The album debuted at No. It was one of the Top 5 selling albums throughout and one of the Top 10 selling albums in The girls gave a memorable performance of the song during the live The Nashville Network broadcast from the Sommet Center , with the whole audience swaying little flashlights back and forth.
The girls continued touring until September of that year and took some time off when Denise's first child arrived in October. Brown Bannister , who had previously worked with such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman and Amy Grant , was brought on to handle production. He brought an exciting twist to the girls' music. They were looking for a more progressive, live band sound for this album, and there was less programming than their previous efforts. Chris Eaton was also brought along to handle the vocal production, and the results pleased the girls, as the vocal arrangements were far more intricate than before.
It would be interesting to apply these vocal arrangements on a live show setting, and on their one-off concert dates in the spring and summer of , the girls previewed some of the new songs, such as "Jesus Is", "Steady On", and "Better Days. In July , a new single was released, the title song from the album Steady On. A CD single was also released to Christian bookstores. There was a pop remix and a dance remix version of "Steady On", as well as enhanced content on the CD, such as brief bios from the girls, excerpts from a new devotional book, a photo gallery, and other anecdotes.
The album was released on August 4, , and debuted at No. The lead single and title track soon reached the top of the charts, becoming Point of Grace's 16th consecutive No. Five more singles followed suit, making it a total of 21 consecutive No. In October , the girls launched their first tour as a headliner. Heather married in in the middle of the tour.
The end result was a lcollection of holiday favorites and new originals. On September 27, , A Christmas Story was released. All four members started the tour together, but Terry, who was 9 months pregnant with her second child, left the tour halfway through, leaving Heather, Shelley, and Denise to perform as a trio. After the tour, the girls took a year-long hiatus, regrouping occasionally for Women of Faith conferences and one or two one-off dates. After a hiatus, the girls regrouped in early to begin work on the follow-up to Steady On.
Each producer brought a different sound, which is what they were aiming for when they started work on this project. The lead single, "Blue Skies" was an instant radio hit, and soon went No. The album, entitled Free to Fly was released on May 1, , and that same week they opened the Dove Awards telecast.
The girls promoted the album during the summer of , performing at the major Christian festivals and doing their own concerts, while preparing for The Free To Fly Tour. There were rumors that the tour might be canceled due to the September 11, terrorist attacks , but Heather cleared this up, stating that, more than ever, people needed to hear the message of hope.
In honor of the ones who lost their lives in the attacks. They closed each show with a cappella rendition of " America The Beautiful ". In early , Point of Grace began work on a new project. The Girls of Grace project slowly became a reality. The girls continued performing concerts until the summer of , when they took a few months off.
Shelley and Heather gave birth to their first children in September, and in the same month, Terry gave birth to her third child. The Girls of Grace album was released on August 20, , and the first conference took place in October in Lakeland, Florida. To start things up on Friday night, the girls would give a high-energy concert. They addressed topics such as self-esteem, sex, family issues, friendships and relationships with God. There were also musical guests.
On the first series of conferences, Joy Williams helped provide music. Out of Eden was there for the and conferences. The Katinas also played in a few select conferences while Jaime Jamgochian and M. In , the commemorative album, 24 was released, featuring the group's 24 greatest hits—as well as a new song, "Day By Day". They also released their first DVD , entitled 7 , which contained the videos to seven songs. The group spent doing one-off shows, "Girls of Grace" concerts, and appeared on Michael W.
Smith 's Christmastime Tour. She was finding it harder and harder to handle a full-time music career and being a full-time wife and mother. She wrote a letter which was posted on the group's website, along with a letter from Heather, Shelley, and Denise. They made it clear that they had no intentions of carrying on as a trio, and called upon band leader Dana Cappillino's wife Leigh to join her husband on tour.
Terry's last tour with the group was the Christmastime Tour with Michael W. Smith , and her last concert was in Little Rock, Arkansas , on February 28, Leigh had been officially on board since January 1, , but her first concert was in Atlanta, Georgia on March 12, It featured a rawer, less glossy sound. They also worked with producers with whom they had never worked with such as Mark Hammond , Wayne Kirkpatrick and David Zaffiro.
The album was the most progressive of their career up to that point. They spent the remainder of doing promotional appearances and participating once again in Michael W.
Smith 's Christmastime Tour along with The Katinas. The tour took the girls through 30 cities, and the show's set lists featured cuts from I Choose You as well as songs from their back catalog. After the tour, the girls began work on their second Christmas release.
The girls spent the summer of recording, which, like A Christmas Story , featured holiday classics and original songs.
Winter Wonderland was released on October 4, They launched their first Christmas tour, the Winter Wonderland Tour in late November, playing 16 concerts. The show had John David Webster, who was featured on Winter Wonderland , as a special guests, and local choirs participated in every show. In , the girls resumed their Girls of Grace activities, and began working with Michael Passons , formerly of Avalon , who began to tour with them.
On one-off dates, the girls would have acoustic segments where Dana and Michael would be featured on guitar and piano , respectively, along with vocals from the girls. Heather also gave birth to her third child in The girls spent the first half of finishing their latest release, entitled How You Live. The album finds the girls returning to their musical roots, and an earthy sound not yet explored by the girls. In February , the band embarked on the All The World Tour with guests Selah and Michael Passons , who has become the group's standard keyboard player.
They have been back on the show several times since their debut. In June , Heather Payne announced that she was retiring to spend time with her children and to support her husband in his ministry.
Breen, Cappillino and Denise Jones announced they would continue as a trio, and recorded new music for the re-release of their album How You Live , released in October In a recent chat session, Shelley Breen noted the group's recurring keyboard player Michael Passons , who is a solo artist and former Avalon member, sings selections of the group's older four-part harmonies.
The album No Changin' Us , produced by Nathan Chapman , was released on March 2, , and featured a more country sound. Along with the album, came a cookbook, called "Cooking with Grace", which they wrote with Julie Adkison. The summer of was spent recording a new holiday album, Home For The Holidays , which was released on October 5, The group headlined a Christmas tour in support of the album.
A new album called Directions Home was released on April 7, In April, , the released hymn and worship album called "Beautiful Name". If you enjoy their conferences or their music, you're sure to love this book as they encourage all young girls to Make It Real!
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