Awaken

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The light, cross-genre pop of Natalie Grant's 2003 LP, Deeper Life, wore its Christian and inspirational themes well, and gave her powerful vocals plenty of big-note opportunities. A lot of people noticed -- "No Sign of It" had some mainstream success on the soundtrack for Gwyneth Paltrow's View from the Top, and "Live for Today" garnered a Dove Award nod for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Grant herself was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Though she released a straightforward praise album in 2004, the singer revisits the sound of Life with the vibrant, heartfelt Awaken. Bright, Crayola-style primary colors burst from its lyric book, and the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
The light, cross-genre pop of Natalie Grant's 2003 LP, Deeper Life, wore its Christian and inspirational themes well, and gave her powerful vocals plenty of big-note opportunities. A lot of people noticed -- "No Sign of It" had some mainstream success on the soundtrack for Gwyneth Paltrow's View from the Top, and "Live for Today" garnered a Dove Award nod for Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year. Grant herself was nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Though she released a straightforward praise album in 2004, the singer revisits the sound of Life with the vibrant, heartfelt Awaken. Bright, Crayola-style primary colors burst from its lyric book, and the extensive photography features Grant smiling comfortably in contemporary fashions akin to a country-pop diva. The look befits her duet with Wynonna on the modernist country gospel of "Bring It All Together." The Mother Theresa prayer quoted in its liners points to Grant's Christian heart, and the title track speaks to the Lord directly while showcasing her soaring vocal. But Awaken is happy to praise Jesus over sparkling alternative-derived guitar pop, as "Something Beautiful," "Captured," or the Michelle Branch-style "What Are You Waiting For" prove. It also takes the non-specific approach -- lyrics like "Everywhere your love surrounds me" can be as romantic as they are reverent. "Another Day" is a tribute to family, while "Home" is an ambitious ballad complete with soaring strings. "You Move Me" returns to referencing the Lord directly over slick, reverby acoustic guitar, and "Live for Today" is another confidence booster/worship song defined by its rousing chorus. Though strong, the melodies on Awaken sometimes feel recycled, and its manicured instrumentation lessens the power of Grant's singing voice. But the album is still a capable blend of Christian themes with mainstream pop texture, meaning it deserves the same accolades Deeper Life received.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/22/2005
  • Label: Curb Records
  • UPC: 715187886025
  • Catalog Number: 78860
  • Sales rank: 47,943

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (The Awakening) (0:44)
  2. 2 Awaken (3:47)
  3. 3 Something Beautiful (3:20)
  4. 4 What Are You Waiting For (3:42)
  5. 5 The Real Me (4:52)
  6. 6 Another Day (4:09)
  7. 7 Home (4:51)
  8. 8 Captured (3:51)
  9. 9 Held (4:22)
  10. 10 You Move Me (4:16)
  11. 11 Make Me Over (5:33)
  12. 12 Live for Today (4:24)
  13. 13 Bring It All Together (6:23)
  14. 14 [Untitled Hidden Track] (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Natalie Grant Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
William Owsley III Bass, Guitar
Shawn Pelton Drums
Jackie Street Bass
Caltomeesh West Choir, Chorus
Felicia Sorensen Background Vocals
Bobby Sparks Hammond Organ
Dan Needham Drums
Chris Graffagnino Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bernie Herms Piano, Keyboards
Todd Parsnow Guitar
Nikki Leonti Background Vocals
Myron Butler Choir, Chorus
Shanika Leeks Choir, Chorus
Michael Ripoll Guitar
Stephen Lewis III Piano
Jana Bell Choir, Chorus
Ashley Guilbert Choir, Chorus
Jason Bradford Background Vocals
Phil Symonds Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Electric Guitar
Jay "Icepick" Jackson Pedal Steel Guitar
Joey Canaday Bass
Paul Moak Guitar
Anthony Lavon Evans Choir, Chorus
Charlene Ibroheim Background Vocals
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee Background Vocals
Hope Owen Background Vocals
Jeff Plant Bass
Rob Graves Guitar, Electric Guitar
Shaun Shankel Piano, Keyboards
Jason Thomas Drums
Technical Credits
Bridget Benenate Composer
Steve Booker Composer
Cory Fite Digital Editing
Matthew Gerrard Composer
Bryan Lenox Engineer
Susanne Lewis Composer
David Schober Engineer
Chance Scoggins Composer
Bill Whittington Engineer, Digital Editing
Joy Williams Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
F. Reid Shippen Engineer, Digital Editing
Bernie Herms Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, String Arrangements, Vocal Engineer, String Conductor
Guy Zabka Composer
Fred Paragano Engineer, Piano Engineer
Glenn Sweitzer Art Direction
Christa Wells Composer
Natalie Grant Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Jason Bradford Engineer
Phil Symonds Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Keith Getty String Arrangements
Lee Bridges Digital Editing
Trina Harmon Composer
Jason McArthur Composer
Barry Weeks Composer
Matthew West Composer
Rob Graves Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Shaun Shankel Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing, String Arrangements
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good CD

    It's a pretty good CD. I only personally liked one of the songs, but I recommend it for other people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy this CD!!!

    Natalie Grant is an amazing artist. Some songs are upbeat and some are slow. There are different songs for different moods. I love this CD. I highly recommend it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Upbeat, meaningful

    I am just beginning to listen to/purchase Christian music. I enjoyed this CD. Songs are catchy and upbeat and yet some are slower...all with good lyrics. I recommend it for your collection.

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