Deeper Life

Deeper Life

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by Natalie Grant
     
 

Natalie Grant has had one of those careers that recording artists dread. Her 1999 debut built her up as Christian music's Next Big Diva; instead, the project vanished, and Grant's record label imploded. Undaunted, she landed at Curb Records and released Stronger, a full-blown pop collection that failed to ignite the sparks thatSee more details below

Overview

Natalie Grant has had one of those careers that recording artists dread. Her 1999 debut built her up as Christian music's Next Big Diva; instead, the project vanished, and Grant's record label imploded. Undaunted, she landed at Curb Records and released Stronger, a full-blown pop collection that failed to ignite the sparks that had been promised. Will the third time be the charm? Perhaps: Deeper Life shows some truly great moments, but there's also plenty of sugary fluff and melodramatic syrup that point out her vocal limitations instead of using her talent to its best advantage. The title track sets the tone with lush backing vocals and production gimmicks that beef up Grant's limited voice. There are quite a few tracks like "Deeper Life" here, big-voice ballads such as "I Desire," "Within Me" and "I Am Not Alone," (which also appeared on her debut) that find the would-be diva straining. The revelation comes with the delightful "I'll Always Be Your Baby" and the funky "Salvation" -- these upbeat little numbers steal the show. Grant's performance is flawless: without oversinging, she allows real emotion and her bubbly personality to shine through. Because her vocals are better, she's not shrouded in production gewgaws, either. With this kind of promise, we can't wait for the real Natalie Grant to ditch the diva aspirations and just be her own talented self.

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
It's too early in her career to know whether this powerhouse singer/songwriter will ever reach the heights of Contemporary Christian Music's other Grant (Amy), but a bevy of top producers come on board this sparkling debut to launch Natalie Grant towards this goal. All of these studio wizards (Eric Foster White, Tommy Sims, and Michael Lloyd) are better-known for their secular pop music, and the variety of atmospheres they create poise Grant for crossover pop success. It also helps that the lyrics Grant sings are designed as inspirational, rather than preachy. Torchy tracks like "I Am Not Alone" and rock-driven anthems like "I Will Be" could definitely lead both teenagers looking for substance, and adult contemporary audiences, to a deeper examination of important spiritual issues. Grant's wide-ranging pipes (yes, think potential diva) would surely sound great without all the production energy, but nearly every up-tempo tune here is an irresistible mix of pop
ock and modern soul flavors. The title track is all thump and hook, and some of the vocal texturing will remind fans of Point of Grace. Another POG-like tune, "Days Like These," is driven by jangly alternative pop guitars. A few tracks touch on simple exotica, most notably "Love Without Limits" with its swirling flamenco strings. Amidst the playful spirit is Grant's most heartfelt tune, a lush and teary, almost breathless tribute to her father, "Always Be Her Baby." This tune alone indicates that we're dealing with a major new talent whose deeper life extends from the spiritual into the musical.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Warner Bros Mod Afw
UPC:
0715187876125
catalogNumber:
78761
Rank:
150013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Grant   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Eric Darken   Percussion
Steve Brewster   Drums
Cole Burgess   Saxophone
Andy Cichon   Bass
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Carl Gorodetzky   Concert Master
Barry Green   Trombone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Bryan Lenox   Percussion,Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Carl Marsh   Conductor
Chris McDonald   Trombone,Conductor
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jerry McPherson   Electric Guitar
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Dan Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jackie Street   Bass
George Tidwell   Trumpet
Tim Akers   Keyboards
Lisa Cochran   Background Vocals
Otto Price   Bass
Bernie Herms   Bass,Piano,Conductor
Jerard Woods   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Brad Albetta   Bass
Chris Estes   Percussion,Drums
Michael Ripoll   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone),Guitar (Nylon String)
Fred Paragano   Clappers
Maurice Carter   Choir, Chorus
Terri White   Background Vocals
Phil Symonds   Guitar
Shane McConnell   Choir, Chorus
Jovaun Woods   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Joey Canaday   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Michelle Swift   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terry White   Background Vocals
Kimberly Mont   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Rachel Gaines   Choir, Chorus
Rob Graves   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Clappers
Jasen Rauch   Clappers
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Matt Pierson   Bass

Technical Credits

Jim Cooper   Composer
Danny Duncan   Engineer
Cindy Morgan   Composer
Niko Bolas   Engineer
Steve Brewster   drum programming
Mike Curb   Producer
Scott Cutler   Composer,Producer,Engineer
David Davidson   String Contractor
Christine Dente   Composer
Bryan Lenox   Producer,Engineer
Gary Lindsay   Orchestration
Michael Lloyd   Producer
Bob Ludwig   Mastering
Carl Marsh   Orchestration,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Chris McDonald   Arranger
David Schober   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Phil Sillas   Arranger,Composer
Tommy Sims   Producer,Instrumentation
George Teren   Composer
Eric Foster White   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,String Arrangements,Vocal Engineer,Instrumentation,String Conductor
Allan Rich   Composer
Bob Kearney   Engineer
Dan Rudin   Engineer
Glenn Spinner   Engineer
Jeremy Bose   String Arrangements
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,String Conductor
Anne Preven   Composer
Madeline Stone   Composer
Lowell Alexander   Composer
Paul Field   Composer
Eric Legg   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Fred Paragano   Engineer,Digital Editing
Glenn Sweitzer   Art Direction
Natalie Grant   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Phil Symonds   Producer
Steve Cutler   Producer
Mitchell Solarek   Executive Producer
Drew Douthit   Digital Editing
Christian Robles   Digital Editing
Brandon Duncan   Engineer
Jonathan Allen   Engineer
Rob Graves   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Jasen Rauch   Engineer

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