Style: Radio-friendly pop/rock; compare to Francesca Battistelli, Kelly Clarkson, Britt Nicole
Top tracks: "Human," "Power of the Cross," "Someday Our King Will Come"
Twenty years ago, before dc Talk, Jars of Clay, Third Day, or MercyMe popularized Christian bands with platinum-plus sales, solo artists ruled the charts. CCM pop fans freaked out every time Amy, Michael, Sandi, or Steven released a new CD, participating in a slew of specialized "street week" events to purchase crates of copies.
And though bands are now the industry's top sellers, Natalie Grant has bucked the trend, making vocal-heavy pop hip again in Christian music. With powerful singing chops and a magnetic stage presence, Grant has achieved massive radio presence in a male-dominated format, garnered four consecutive Dove Awards for "Female Vocalist of the Year," and sold albums to the color of gold (500,000-plus sales). But it is the service-oriented platforms behind her modern pop shine that connect the singer/philanthropist to her large listening audience and undergirds her latest socially minded recording, Love Revolution.
Spawning an interactive website (startaloverevolution.com) to keep track of users' random acts of kindness, Grant uses the title cut's empowering chorus to rouse listeners to be the change—one loving act a time. The motivating electronics of "Daring to Be" and irresistible pop-programming genius of "Human," co-written with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, continue the compassionate challenge, expounding on Grant's founding work with The Home Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the "eradication of human trafficking both domestically and abroad." (Read more about Grant's fight against human trafficking in our interview.) ...1