|Name:||Natalie Diane Grant|
|Born:||December 21, 1971|
|Birth Hometown:||Seattle, Washington, U.S.|
|Known for:||being a gospel singer-songwriter|
Natalie Diane Grant (born December 21, 1971) is a singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music, she received the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Female Vocalist of the Year four consecutive years in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2012. In addition, she was also nominated for a Grammy in 2012 for her performance of "Alive" while her signature song is "Held". In 2014, she will host the first ever Christian-themed dating game show called It Takes a Church on GSN in the future.
Natalie Grant (not to be related or confused with another popular contemporary Christian music singer-songwriter Amy Grant) first started in Contemporary Christian music when she auditioned for the traveling music group "Truth". Later, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue her solo career. There she signed with Benson Records in 1997 and began working on her self-titled debut album which was released in 1999. She left Benson for Pamplin Music soon after and released the album Stronger in 2001. She then ended up at Curb Records after Pamplin folded, where she has made five solo albums as of 2012, starting with Deeper Life in 2003. Awaken was her breakthrough success in 2005. It was RIAA Certified gold. It was followed by Love Revolution on August 24, 2010 and Hurricane on October 15, 2013.
Grant released three albums between 1999 and 2003, although the majority of her hits came later in her career. She has since reported being unhappy with the way she was imaged by her early record label which marketed her partly on her looks and says of her first record "It wasn't me at all either" However, she credits her early album with having been necessary to her progressing and growing into an artist that takes control of such decisions, starting with her widely successful album Awaken.
Another factor, that was essential to her later success was a life-altering trip to India in 2004. Not only did this trip inspire her charitable pursuits, "but it brought a new passion and direction to her music". Instead of focusing on what song might be a hit, Grant reports that she now focuses on songs that will inspire, give hope and motivate others to make their lives matter.
There have been noteworthy events along the way. She wrote a book entitled The Real Me: Being the Girl God Sees in 2005. She toured on the Speaking Louder Than Before tour with Bebo Norman and Jeremy Camp in 2008. She contributed the song "Breathe on Me" to Crystal Aikin's self-titled debut album. She was a speaker and performer on the Revolve Tour, a conference for teen girls from Women of Faith. She toured with award-winning, multi-platinum selling Billboard magazine's Artist of The Decade MercyMe in April 2011. Also in October 2011, she starred in the Gospel Music Channel (GMC) made-for-television movie Decision.
Grant is involved in campaigning against Human Trafficking. She was affected by an episode of Law & Order that dealt with the topic and began researching. Her studies led her and her husband to travel to India to witness the red-light districts and what is being done to stop them. The experience changed the trajectory of Natalie's life and reportedly changed the way she approaches her music.
In 2005, Grant founded the Home Foundation, which has since evolved into Abolition International, and 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.
On October 23, 2012, Grant received the 2012 Bishop Ketteler Award for Social Justice from the Sisters of Divine Providence who honored her work against human trafficking.
As mentioned before, Natalie Grant was born on December 21, 1971 in Seattle, Washington. She enrolled at Northwest College (Now Northwest University) in Kirkland, Washington, studying to be a schoolteacher. She reportedly figured that her musical gifts were merely for sharing with her local church until she learned how to find God's true calling for her life and so switched directions and joined the musical group "Truth".
In pursuing her gospel music career, Grant moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she now lived with her Canadian-producer husband Bernie Herms and their three daughters Gracie, Ana and Isabella Noelle (born February 16, 2007) and Sadie Rose (born December 17, 2010).
In an interview with The 700 Club, Natalie revealed that she suffered from Bulimia. She says God helped her get over her eating disorder and as mentioned before, she later wrote a book in 2005 titled The Real Me: Being the Girl God Sees about her struggle and how she overcame it.