Category 4.5! | Posted October 15, 2013
If there’s one thing you can be sure of in contemporary Christian music, you can expect big emotive vocal moments from the Gospel Music Association’s multi-year female vocalist winner, Natalie Grant. From the first time I heard her song “I Will Be” from her album Deeper Life, to the Dove Award winning song of the year “Held,” and most recently her award winning worship song of the year: “Your Great Name,” I’ve always been emotionally connected to Natalie’s songs.Available everywhere October 15, Natalie Grant’s release Hurricane blends everything I’ve always enjoyed about her music ministry and this is her career best album in my opinion.
“Closer To Your Heart” establishes the electronic dance musical flow found in several songs throughout the rest of the album and you can physically feel the emotion in Natalie’s vocals. In a slam out of your speakers song that could be played alongside any of the top songs in mainstream music, Grant lays down some of her most vulnerable lyrics to open the song praying, “Here I am once again crying on the floor.” The song beautifully blends weighty lyrics with pop sensibilities. It is one of the best pop songs I’ve heard this year.
“Hurricane” is a great reminder that we’re all in storms, and the lyrics are a message for every follower of Jesus to cling to, “It’s never too late / Never too far / for you to reach out / and take a hold of love.” I hear Natalie’s passion in her voice when she sings those lyrics. As the song reminds us, “When you feel the rain / Call His name / He’ll find you in the hurricane.” What an inspirational message. Jesus commands each of us to trust Him completely. Trusting Jesus assures us that we don’t have to be afraid. Pray these words along with Natalie: “Step out on the edge. Don’t be afraid of it. Just let go / ‘cause you are held in His arms.” Amen.