Natalie Grant Finds Her Voice
Grammy nominated, five-time Gospel Music Association Dove Award Female Vocalist of the Year Natalie Grant was in the fiercest emotional storm of her life when the time came for her to write a batch of new songs for her next Curb Records album, the follow up to her popular 2010 CD, Love Revolution.
The multi-talented Grant, who has been a mainstay at Christian radio over the course of her career as well as a top-selling recording artist, is often referred to as a triple threat because of her success as a powerhouse vocalist, a passionate songwriter and popular entertainer. And yet, she faced recording her eighth career album with nothing to offer creatively.
“I knew my label was going to come to me and say ‘You have to make a new record.’ I was not in a space in my life to take the time to be creative,” she says. “I had just had my third child and I was struggling. I was thinking ‘I have nothing. I’m flat lining and I have nothing to give.’
“When we find ourselves in that place,” Grant says, “that’s when God says ‘Yes, but I do have something.’”
What happened next, according to Grant, turned into a time of healing and a new record that she says is the most personal of her career.
Curb Records released Hurricane October 15, a project produced by Grant’s husband, award-winning producer Bernie Herms. The CD provides a number of surprises, including a duet titled “Born To Be” with Grant and Gary LeVox, lead singer for superstar country group Rascal Flatts. Early indicators hint at Hurricane not only being the most personal, but also perhaps the most successful of Grant’s already phenomenal career. The first single, the title track, hit No. 1 on iTunes within hours of its release and became the fastest rising single of Grant’s career on Billboard and MediaBase charts.
At the end of the creative process for Hurricane, Grant had written eight of the 10 songs on the record, a process that she claims healed her by allowing her to voice, for the first time, her struggle with post-partum depression after her third child was born, and her feelings of inadequacy when it comes to balancing work, family, motherhood and her faith.
“I began writing and the dam broke,” she says. “It’s nerve wracking. It’s like baring yourself. But there’s so much healing in being transparent. It’s risky, yes, but the payoff is so much better. These songs have life connections. For me, that’s why I make music.
“In my own journey with depression, finding my voice brought me so much healing. I thought it would reflect (negatively) on me as a mom and a Christian. But once I found the power of my story, that’s where so much of the healing began.
“When I felt like I was drowning, I felt like I was in the midst of the greatest storm of my life. I feel like these songs on Hurricane were my lifelines and I found my creative process again.”