Point of Grace

Point of Grace is a group of Christian pop music singers and authors. The trio consists of Shelley Breen, Denise Jones, and Leigh Cappillino. The group started out as a quartet in 1991, with original members Breen and Jones, as well as Terry Jones and Heather Payne. In November 2003, Terry Jones decided she needed to spend more time with her family after giving birth to her third child, and left the group, with Cappillino joining in March 2004 for their 2004 release I Choose You. In June 2008, Payne announced her retirement from the group, in order to spend more time with her husband and four children.

In 1998, they added a touring band, with Cappillino’s husband, Dana, and Tommy McGee as permanent band members on guitar and on bass, respectively.

In 2006, former Avalon member Michael Passons added his work to the group’s live show, usually opening the set with a few solo songs and backing the group on keyboards.

The group’s debut self-titled album was released in 1993; since then, they have been recognized as one of the top Contemporary Christian music bands in the United States. In 2003, they released their ninth album, 24 – a compilation of their 24 consecutive #1 radio singles. To this date, no band in any genre has matched this record. As of 2006 the girls have 27 #1 radio singles.

Albums

Year Album Chart Positions RIAA Label
US Christian Billboard 200 US Holiday
1993 Point of Grace Gold Word
1995 The Whole Truth 3 132 Gold Word/Epic
1996 Life Love & Other Mysteries 1 Platinum
1998 Steady On 1 24 Platinum
1999 A Christmas Story 1 35 4 Gold Word/Curb
2000 Rarities & Remixes 4
2001 Free to Fly 1 20 Gold
2002 Girls of Grace 9 150
2003 24 9 136 Gold
2004 I Choose You 4 85
2005 Winter Wonderland 7 113 3
2007 How You Live 4 56
2008 Tennessee Christmas: A Holiday Collection

Singles

Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Christian US Christian AC US Country
1993 “I’ll Be Believing” 7 Point of Grace
1994 “One More Broken Heart” 20
“Faith, Hope & Love” 17
2003 “Day By Day” 2 1 24
2004 “The Love of Christ” 28 26 Girls of Grace
“I Choose You” 8 8 I Choose You
2005 “Who Am I?” 8 7
“Let There Be Light” 6 6 Winter Wonderland
“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” 25 22
2006 “Santa Medley” 38
“Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)” 20 18
2007 “All the World” 26 20 How You Live
“How You Live (Turn Up the Music)” 7 5 52
2008 “I Wish”A 27 49 How You Live (Deluxe Edition)
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Books

  • Life Love & Other Mysteries, 1996
  • Steady On . . . Secured by Love, 1998
  • Circle of Friends, 1999
  • When Love Came Down at Christmas, 2000
  • Girls of Grace, 2002
  • Keep the Candle Burning: Reflections from Our Favorite Songs, 2003
  • Girls of Grace: Q&A with Point of Grace, 2004
  • Girls of Grace: Make It Real, 2005
  • How You Live, 2008

Tours

  • The Whole Truth Tour with Phillips, Craig & Dean and Cheri Keaggy (1995)
  • The Life Love & Other Mysteries Tour with 4Him (1996-97)
  • The Steady On Tour with special guests Watermark (1998-99)
  • An Amy Grant Christmas Tour (with Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and The Katinas) (1999)
  • The Free To Fly Tour with special guests FFH (2001-02)
  • The Christmastime Tour with Michael W. Smith and The Katinas (2002, 2003, 2004)
  • The I Choose You Tour with Scott Krippayne and special guest Charity Von (2004)
  • The Winter Wonderland Tour with special guest John David Webster (2005)
  • The Winter Wonderland Tour with special guest Scott Krippayne (2006, 2007)
  • The All The World Tour with special guests Selah and Michael Passons (2008)
  • The Winter Wonderland Tour with special guest Ronnie Freeman (2008)

Other activities

Mercy Ministries

Since the beginning of their career, the members of Point of Grace have had their hearts drawn to reaching out to young women. Early on, they began showing support of Mercy Ministries of America, a non-profit organization that helps young women who face life-controlling issues such as abuse, depression, unplanned pregnancies and eating disorders. The group frequently plugged Mercy Ministries at their concerts, and Nancy Alcorn, the founder, would normally go on the road with them or send a graduate from the Mercy Program to share her testimony about the work of Mercy Ministries. Alcorn is a regular featured speaker at the Girls of Grace conferences.

Compassion International

In 2006, the girls began showing support of Compassion International, a Christian child-sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty all over the world. In March 2006, Heather and her husband Brian took a trip to El Salvador to meet their sponsored child, and in April 2006, Shelley Breen, Denise Jones and Leigh Cappillino travelled to Ecuador to meet their sponsored children. According to the members, their trips were a life-changing experience, and have partnered with Compassion to create awareness for poverty and to urge their listeners to sponsor children as well.

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