“Your Love Amazes Me”
Written by Amanda Hunt-Taylor and Chuck Jones
#1 (1 week)
May 21, 1994
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
May 13, 1994
A powerful singer earns his first No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
John Berry is a South Carolina native who grew up with gospel influences from his mother and eclectic 70’s AM radio exposure from his father. He was a guitar player at an early age, heavily influenced by Philly soul and the country-folk stylings of John Denver. He was recording his own music as early as 1979, but had his career delayed by a serious motorcycle accident, although the singer credits the rehabilitation time as a benefit toward honing his musical skills.
He parlayed local success in Georgia to the release of six self-financed albums, which got the attention of Liberty Records in 1992. They not only signed him to a deal, but also released many of those independent albums to a wider audience. After minor success with the first two singles from his debut album, John Berry, the third release became his signature song and first No. 1 hit.
The No. 1
John Berry is as close as we ever got to a male Wynonna, in that he has that rare combination of soul and control. “Your Love Amazes Me” showcases that talent, as he uses his power and range to deliver the redemptive message of the song without weighing it down with unnecessary vocal histrionics.
The simple production works wonders here. This could’ve easily devolved into a late eighties power ballad from a B-list hair band, but instead, it’s evocative and powerful. That extra bit of gravel in his voice doesn’t hurt a bit. If anything, it probably keeps everything on the right side of saccharine.
The Road From No. 1
John Berry eventually went platinum and it produced two additional top five hits: “What’s in it For Me” and “You and Only You.” Berry returned to the top with the lead single from his eighth studio album, and second for Liberty, Standing On the Edge. We will cover it in 1995.
“Your Love Amazes Me” gets a B+.
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