Six times Grammy award winner Amy Grant's father has passed away. Dr. Burton Grant succumbed to his long-term illness shortly after 12 p.m. Saturday. He was reportedly at his Nashville home surrounded by family when he passed away. He was 86 years-old.
Grant pays a tribute to her dad on Instagram: "Walking our dad home has been a 10 year journey, taking our family places we never imagined. We are all closer because of it. I'm so grateful for my dad," she posted alongside a photo of her and her dad.
The singer then went on to share about her father's upbringing, stating that he was young when his own father passed, leaving his mother to pay for his education.
"My grandfather passed away when my dad was a teenager," she explained. "When my dad decided to become a doctor it was his mother, my grandmother, who paid his way through school. Years after my grandmother passed, I found his graduation program in a box of her things with a note from my dad. It said, 'Mother, I hope I will serve mankind in such a way as to justify your faith in me. Love, Burton.'"
She celebrated her dad's accomplishments by signing off, "Well done, Dad."
Amy Grant's career spans more than 30 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into becoming an iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality and philanthropist. With three multi-platinum albums, six platinum albums and four gold albums, her total career album sales have exceeded 30 million. Grant's chart success has been consistent throughout her career with six No. 1 hits, 10 Top 40 pop singles, 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks and multiple Contemporary Christian chart-toppers.
In addition to her six GRAMMY® Awards, Grant has earned 26 Dove Awards (including four Artist of the Year Awards) and has been awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the Music City Walk of Fame. Conventional wisdom has it that Grant put Contemporary Christian Music on the map becoming the first Contemporary Christian artist to have a platinum record, the first to hit No. 1 on the Pop charts and the first to perform at the GRAMMY® Awards.
With that, her legacy as one of the most influential artists of the past four decades is assured. In April of 2016, Grant celebrated the 25th anniversary of her iconic hit "Baby Baby" with a worldwide release of the song featuring pop sensation Tori Kelly. Tennessee Christmas released in late 2016, marking Grant's first all-new holiday album in nearly 20 years.