The Originals: What A Difference You’ve Made (In My Life)

by | Jan 29, 2018 | History

Ronnie Milsap recorded “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life” in April 1977. The song was included on his album It Was Almost Like A Song, and became the second single released from that album in November 1977. Eventually, it reached the number one position on Billboard magazine’s “Hot Country Singles” chart. In 2009, Milsap re-recorded “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life” for his Gospel album Then Sings My Soul.

Milsap was not the first person to record “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life.” In 1976, a 16-year-old Amy Grant recorded the song, and it was subsequently included on her self-titled debut album released in February 1977. On Grant’s album, the song is designated by a shorter title, “What A Difference You’ve Made.” Check it out.

Despite the obvious inspirational overtones of the lyric and the overall popularity of Milsap’s hit version, very few Christian artists have covered “What A Difference You’ve Made (In My Life).” Pop and Christian icon B J Thomas recorded the song in 1979. The Thrasher Brothers included it on their 1978 live album, but I’m not aware of any others who might now be labeled Southern Gospel.

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David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray is a church music director in Ellenboro, NC. He is the author of Murray's Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music and the owner of both and


  1. Scotty Searan

    Laverne Tripp” did Back in the 1970’s I will get a scan of the album I have it on.

  2. James Hales

    I really liked the Thrasher Brothers’ rendition.


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