In the brave, new world of merchandizing and consumer tie-ins, singers on tour need to take along a truckload of T-shirts and a CD to pitch.

And Amy Grant will be doing that when she comes to town.The woman many consider the best Christian singer of her time has branched out. Or better, branched in. Her new CD "Behind the Eyes" is full of confessional songs - a tour of the soul behind the stage personality.

"I felt this need to confront the structure of my life," she has said, "a complete self-examination from head to toe."

And on Friday, April 17, 8 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall, Grant will offer up many of those new tunes in her traveling "Evening with Amy Grant" show.

Tickets start at $22.50 and are available at ArtTix and the Kingsbury ticket office.

Grant's spring concert tour is a travelogue of more than 60 cities, ranging from New Orleans to Eugene, Ore. Few evangelical preachers - let alone singers - will shoulder such an itinerary. But Grant is game. Durability and stamina characterize her career. She has staying power. In the past 20 years she has sold more than 20 million albums (10 went gold, nine platinum, two double platinum and one quintuple platinum).

"Heart in Motion," recorded in 1991, is considered her blockbuster. Her Christmas album was also a big success.

She had also made more than 20 videos and has won several Grammys, TNN and Dove Awards.

She is married to songwriter Gary Chapman and has three children.

Says the Dallas Morning News of her latest CD, "Always a trendsetter, this popular singer is pursuing a new course that may redefine contemporary Christian music."