It is an exciting time for Curb recording artist, Natalie Grant. Her album "Be One" comes out November 13th and two weeks later she'll be hitting the road for an extensive tour that will run through January.
We were able to catch up with Natalie before her schedule kicks into overdrive. Here are the answers to our "Five questions and a shameless plug."
1. Your latest album, Be One, comes out on November 13. Tell us about it and what was your fondest memory during the recording process?
I’ve never created a record in less than a year and we made this one in less than 6 weeks. The beautiful part is that we didn’t have time to obsess over every detail and it forced me to trust in what God was clearly doing in my life and doing in the creative process, and it allowed me to rest in those gut instincts that He gave me as we created this new music. The common thread through all of these songs is encouraging a change in perspective. We can’t always control our circumstances, but we can control our perspective - and when we fix our eyes on Jesus, we will know what it means to have joy in the midst of struggle. I hope these songs inspire people to set their focus on the King of the world and understand that joy can be found in the midst of the deepest sorrow. And when you live with that kind of joy, it will become contagious to everyone around you.
My fondest memory: recording the sweetest voices in the world on the song Ever Be ... my three daughters!
2. “Clean” is a very powerful song. What inspired you to write it?
I had just finished talking with a friend who was dealing with childhood abuse that had been a skeleton in her closet for far too long. It seemed too shameful and dirty to bring into the light. And after that conversation I found myself wondering how many people aren’t truly free because they’ve kept something shameful and horrible from their past locked away in their heart that they think is too dirty to bring out of the shadows and into the light. I wrote Clean for all of us who have done that. Honestly, I feel like I was just holding the pen, and God whispered this song in my heart. I wrote it in 20 minutes and it’s unlike any songwriting experience I have ever had before.
3. Through your music, you’ve inspired others to embrace faith the way you do. How does that make you feel?
It’s very humbling but extremely gratifying. And truthfully, it makes me feel like I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing - prayerfully not just talking about faith, but living my faith in such a way that others will be compelled to live a life of faith.
4. You are the co-founder for Hope for Justice International, a non-profit committed to ending human trafficking and slavery. What would you like people to know about this abominable practice and how can they help?
First - there are more slaves in the world today than at any other point in history, and most of them are under the age of 18 and exploited over and over and over again. I believe this to be the darkest evil in our society, but all of us can do something to play a part in the solution. Though the problem is large, it’s never too big to be tackled. This is our moment in history and I pray it will show that we were the generation to say NO MORE. To learn what people can do to help, they can visit hopeforjustice.org.
5. What are your plans for the holidays? Are there any favorite Christmas traditions that you are looking forward to?
After touring for most of December, I will head home to Seattle. My favorite tradition is spending Christmas Eve with my entire family - gathered around the piano, singing our favorite Christmas carols. Just thinking about it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!
Shameless plug time ... the floor is yours:
I have a jewelry and t-shirt line called NG by Natalie Grant. Every piece of jewelry is hand-crafted and the shirts are original designs by me! Created to encourage and inspire with empowering messages, this word-fashion also supports the fight against human trafficking, as a portion of every sale is donated to Hope For Justice. Our motto: wear it then live it. Amazing gift ideas at ngbynataliegrant.com :)
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