Curb recording artist Natalie Grant continues her incredible year with another career milestone – a pair of major nominations for the upcoming 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards. “Hurricane,” the chart-topping title track from her extraordinary new album, “HURRICANE,” was honored in two categories: “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance” and “Best Christian Music Song.”
“To be nominated is such a huge honor,” says Grant, “but these two GRAMMY nominations are especially dear to me, as I wrote the song ‘Hurricane’ out of my own personal storms. To know how this song has connected with people and now this, it’s really special.”
“Hurricane” arrived earlier this year and proved the fastest rising single of Grant’s already brilliant career. The single swiftly ascended to #1 on the iTunes Store’s “Top Christian & Gospel Songs” chart while also achieving top 10 success on Billboard’s “Hot Christian Songs” tally.
“HURRICANE” followed soon thereafter and was received with equal popularity. Grant’s first new release in more than three years, the collection entered Billboard’s “Top Christian Albums” chart at #1, marking the award-winning singer/songwriter’s first-ever debut atop the chart. In addition, “HURRICANE” made a top 20 entry at #17 on the overall SoundScan/Billboard 200.
Natalie Grant is among contemporary Christian music’s most talented and beloved superstars, acclaimed around the world for her breathtaking vocal abilities, powerful songwriting, and courageous efforts to help victims of human trafficking. One of the most honored artists in CCM history, Grant is a five-time GMA (Gospel Music Association) Dove Award winner as “Female Vocalist of the Year” (including four consecutive victories spanning 2006 to 2009 and a return win in 2012), as well as a 2012 GRAMMY® “Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance” nominee for “Alive (Mary Magdalene),” featured on 2011’s blockbuster, “(MUSIC INSPIRED BY) THE STORY).”
“HURRICANE” – available now on theiTunes Store — follows 2010’s “LOVE REVOLUTION,” which like its predecessor, 2008’s “RELENTLESS,” reached the #2 spot on Billboard’s “Top Christian Albums” chart. Produced by her husband and longtime collaborator Bernie Herms, the album stands as Grant’s most affecting and spirited collection to date. Songs like “Closer To Your Heart” and the powerful duet, “Born To Be” (featuring Rascal Flatts’ Gary LeVox) chronicle her recent struggles and hardships, a personal journey which saw this gifted artist emerge at last from the darkest, most challenging period of her life thus far.
An inspired performer known for making lasting connections with her audience, Grant has a number of high profile live dates scheduled, including a just-announced appearance at the The 15th Annual NFL Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, slated for January 31st at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden. She will also be among the artists appearing at “Impact New Year’s Eve Bash,” an all-star celebration to be broadcast live online directly to churches from Nashville’s Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, December 31st. Moreover, January sees the start of Grant’s 2014 “Dare To Be…The Journey Continues” event tour with speaker/author Charlotte Gambill, including stops in such major markets as Seattle, Dallas, and Washington, DC.
In the meantime, Grant is currently traveling North America as part of the multi-artist “THE STORY Tour,” with dates scheduled through mid-December. For complete details and ticket information, please see nataliegrant.com/tour.
Grant has visited the nation’s capital twice this year, including a memorable appearance before Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter, among others, at the “Let Freedom Ring” ceremony held at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
As if all that weren’t enough, Grant will also be seen in a supporting role in the upcoming film, Persecuted. Produced by multiple Oscar®-winner Gray Frederickson (The Godfather Trilogy, Apocalypse Now), the independent thriller – set for release on May 9th, 2014 – sees Grant co-starring alongside James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Fred Thompson.