As Americans celebrated the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, singer Natalie Grant was asked to perform on the special occasion.
The Grammy-nominated singer, 41, intentionally chose “I Love The Lord.” As she stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sang the powerful words, her voice stirred passion and tears. It was reminiscent of her college days at Northwest University, a Christian school near Seattle, where she dared to dream of singing professionally and found her voice for the Lord.
“I never thought girls from Seattle, Wash., moved to Nashville to become Christian singers,” Grant said. “I never realized you could have that dream.”
The journey from Washington state to Washington, D.C., performing in a lineup that included speakers and singers such as President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey, LeAnn Rimes, BeBe Winans, Jamie Foxx and Forest Whitaker, among others, was the culmination of a career filled with bringing hope and God’s word to thousands of people.
“This isn’t just a dream. It’s not just that I like to sing,” Grant told the American Bible Challenge. “This is what I was created to do. This is what I was made to do. Not sing just any music, or sing a song.
“…The last thing the world needs is just another song or another singer. They are desperate for hope,” she said.
Grant’s new single, “Hurricane,” has been playing daily on Family Life Radio since its May release. The full album was released Oct. 15.
“I’ve journeyed through a lot over the past three years,” Grant said. “This record is full of my stories and is a reminder that no matter how dark the struggle may seem, I am not alone. And through writing these songs, I’ve been reminded that hope always wins.”
Grant said the first few lines “Hurricane” tell of an inner battle Grant experienced for more than a year. The “hurricane” started with the birth of her third child, Sadie.
The mother of twin girls, Grant had a “surprise” pregnancy after being told she couldn’t have any more children. She found herself facing postpartum depression.
“There was an inner war—the guilt I was feeling that I was this Christian artist who was supposed to have her life together, and here I was, dealing with depression,” Grant told the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in an interview.
“This record is full of music that is positive and bright, both musically and lyrically, which is almost the antitheses to how I have felt for the last few years, but it is the result of hope and faith,” Grant added. “Even when everything seems dark, my faith keeps the light on. I feel these songs help me to tell that truth in a fresh way.”
Grant has learned big dreams can come true through the Lord, but she’s also learned storms might not pass as quickly as we’d like during struggles.
But as her song promises, “He’ll find you in the hurricane.”