14 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a decade’s worth of hits behind her, Natalie Grant still projects a refreshing Everywoman persona as she deals with the glories and challenges of faith. Hurricane finds the Seattle-bred Christian singer leaning toward electronica sounds that give her impressive vocal gifts plenty of room to soar. Grant’s knack for personalizing Scripture-based themes is evident both in the warmth of her singing and the humble strength of her songwriting. Rousing God-centered affirmations like “Closer to Your Heart,” “This Is Love,” and the title number ride on pulsating grooves that deliver big, triumphant choruses. More nuanced but no less fervent are “Whisper” (a midtempo tune that seeks the Savior’s voice amid the static of modern life) and “Dead Alive” (an enraptured hosanna with an ‘80s-esque techno feel). “Born to Be” (a duet with Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox) takes Grant into country territory, while “When I Leave the Room” (cowritten with husband/producer Bernie Herms and singer/songwriter Nicole Nordeman) is a tender lullaby from parent to child. “In the End” closes Hurricane on a note of unbridled, amen-shouting joy.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a decade’s worth of hits behind her, Natalie Grant still projects a refreshing Everywoman persona as she deals with the glories and challenges of faith. Hurricane finds the Seattle-bred Christian singer leaning toward electronica sounds that give her impressive vocal gifts plenty of room to soar. Grant’s knack for personalizing Scripture-based themes is evident both in the warmth of her singing and the humble strength of her songwriting. Rousing God-centered affirmations like “Closer to Your Heart,” “This Is Love,” and the title number ride on pulsating grooves that deliver big, triumphant choruses. More nuanced but no less fervent are “Whisper” (a midtempo tune that seeks the Savior’s voice amid the static of modern life) and “Dead Alive” (an enraptured hosanna with an ‘80s-esque techno feel). “Born to Be” (a duet with Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox) takes Grant into country territory, while “When I Leave the Room” (cowritten with husband/producer Bernie Herms and singer/songwriter Nicole Nordeman) is a tender lullaby from parent to child. “In the End” closes Hurricane on a note of unbridled, amen-shouting joy.

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About Natalie Grant

Christian vocalist Natalie Grant launched her career as a member of the Truth before moving to Nashville, TN in pursuit of a solo career. She signed with Benson Records in 1997 and began working on her self-titled debut, which was released in 1999. By the following year, though, Grant had left the label and struck up a relationship with Pamplin Music, who released her 2001 sophomore album, Stronger. When that label folded, she began a multi-year partnership with Curb Records, who helped her become one of the Christian community's most popular gospel vocalists.

Deeper Life was released in 2003. Grant wrote many of the album's tracks, including "Live for Today," which was nominated for a Dove Award. "No Sign of It" also received some mainstream attention after finding its way onto the movie soundtrack for View from the Top, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. March 2005 saw the release of her next album, Awaken, which was followed up that fall with the Christmas album Believe. Both releases helped Grant win the 2006 Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year. She took home the same award in 2007, 2008, and 2009; meanwhile, she continued releasing well-received contemporary Christian albums, including 2008's Relentless and 2010's Love Revolution. Her single, "Alive," which appeared on the 2011 Bible-inspired compilation, Music Inspired by The Story, earned her a Grammy nomination the following year. 2013's Hurricane proved to be another major success for Grant, topping Billboard's Christian Albums chart and reaching #17 on the Top 200. In addition to her musical career, Grant has played an active role campaigning against human trafficking and is the founder of the anti-trafficking organization Abolition International. She continued to release music with an uplifting and passionate message on her ninth studio album, 2015's Be One. ~ Ashleigh Kittle & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • BORN
    December 21, 1971

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