She was born on December 21st 1971, as the youngest of five children and was brought up in Lynnwood, a town just outside Seattle. When she graduated from high school, she enrolled at Northwest College in Kirkland to become an elementary school teacher.
She was also kept busy working For Shoreline Community Church, where she arranged music for their youth choir. In the video below Natalie performs the Star Spangled Banner to open the 2022 College National Championship Game. The 9 time Grammy nominee does this special song a hole lot of justice!
About Natalie Grant
Natalie Diane Grant is a famous singer specialising in contemporary Christian music. It's clear Natalie was drawn to music even then. Then, one fateful day, a Christian band called Truth performed at the church. Natalie felt their music and message resonated strongly with her, and she asked if she could audition for them there and then. It's fair to say Natalie's voice is unusual for the genre. She sounds like she belongs in a gospel choir or as a sultry soul singer.
In an interview she explained, "I'd describe my style as big-voice pop. But I love gospel music. My favorite style of music is black gospel,".
Touring & Early Career
Natalie spent a gruelling two years touring with Truth. She lived on a bus and performed over 300 shows per year! Finally, she reluctantly left the band to strike out on her own. She headed to Nashville with only $200 to relaunch herself. Luckily, a family took her in, and she worked as a secretary. She was a worship leader at a local church in her spare time.
Her faith paid off, and in 1997 she signed with Benson Records. She released her first album, Natalie Grant, but walked away from the label two months before it folded. It seems Natalie has a guardian angel guiding her where she needs to go. In the years since she left Benson, she married Bernie Harms, a Canadian music producer, who helped produce her next album Stronger.
She chose much of the material herself and even co-wrote four new songs. Three more albums followed Stronger, Deeper in 2003, Natalie Grant and Friends in 2004 and Awaken in 2005.
Recognition by the music industry is growing. She has been nominated for a Grammy eight times and won a GMA Dove award six times. She has now released ten studio albums and shows no signs of slowing down. She also found time to write a book called The Real Me in 2005, which discussed her struggles with bulimia and how she overcame it. She has toured both alone and with artist MercyMe.
Natalie still lives in Nashville with Bernie, and the couple has been blessed with three daughters. Grace and Isabella were born in 2007 and Sadie in 2010. Her net worth is estimated online between $13 and 20 million dollars, illustrating just how successful her career has been.
Her social media is extremely popular with 151,000 subscribers on YouTube, 300,000 followers on Twitter and over 1.2 million fans on Facebook! With performances like the one shown in this article, it seems likely those numbers will continue to grow. Check out this incredible singer's performance and prepare to be wowed.