Music Mondays: Natalie Grant

A lot of musicians talk about role models and artists that influenced them and helped them forge their musical identity. For contemporary Christian singer, Natalie Grant, that influence came not from a who but from a where: India. In 2004 the young singer traveled to India where she says she found a new passion and direction for her music. From that moment on, Natalie promised herself to write songs that gave hope and inspiration and others and encouraged people to make their lives matter. The result has been a successful and fulfilling career in contemporary Christian Music. With eight studio albums under her belt, Natalie's star has steadily risen: She received the Gospel Music Association's (GMA) Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year four consecutive years and in 2012 was nominated for a Grammy for her song "Alive."

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Natalie began a solo singing career out of Nashville in the late-1990s, but unhappy with the way her record label was handling her image coupled with her formative trip to India, Natalie began carving out a name for herself on the Christian and Gospel music scene. The result were changes that shaped her as an artist and individual. In 2005 Grant founded The Home Foundation, which has since evolved into Abolition International, an international organization with the aim of eradicating sex trafficking through aftercare accreditation, advocacy, and education and provision of restoration homes for victims of sex trafficking.

Her latest disc is Hurricane. She writes about the emotional and personal process of recording this album on her website: “Where at one point I thought I wouldn’t have the emotional space to do an album this soul searching and raw,” she adds, “once the creative dam broke, it was like therapy for me. I gave voice to the burdens I was carrying and feeling inside. Laying it all out there helped me begin to deal with the struggles I was going through in my life. Hurricane is full of my stories and is a reminder that no matter how dark the struggle may seem, we’re not alone – and hope always wins. The last thing the world needs is just another singer and just another song. I want to be a voice that will burn bright with hope. People are desperate for something real, and that’s why I make music.”

Check out "In The End" from Natalie and be sure to check out all of the tunes on I AM THAT GIRL's Music Monday's playlist, updated each week!

 

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