Deeper Life

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Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lisa Zhito
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 715187876125
  • Catalog Number: 78761
  • Sales rank: 138,166

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Deeper Life (4:22)
  2. 2 Days Like These (3:26)
  3. 3 Love Without Limits (3:43)
  4. 4 Within Me (4:09)
  5. 5 I Will Be (4:10)
  6. 6 Always Be Your Baby (4:14)
  7. 7 That's When I'll Give Up (On Loving You) (4:11)
  8. 8 Salvation (3:06)
  9. 9 I Desire (4:12)
  10. 10 Live for Today (4:23)
  11. 11 I Am Not Alone (4:52)
  12. 12 No Sign of It (4:02)
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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
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Carl Marsh Conductor
Chris McDonald Trombone, Conductor
Chris McHugh Drums
Jerry McPherson Electric Guitar
The 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, 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    love this powerful music,

    this is a wonderful and powerful cd. this woman can sing. love all the songs on this cd,the song you are not alone is powerful and moving to my soul. deeper life is a uplifting song to live by, love this great outstanding music,

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Natalie Grant: Powerhouse singer

    I think this cd is very well done. but her new cd, Awaken is excellent. My main problem is with her voice being called, limited. I saw this woman live this year and i saw absolutely no limits. It was the best perfomance i had ever heard from a female artist. Just incredible. This album may have had its limits, but she does not.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome cd

    The reviewer who did a review for this cd doesn't know what they are talking about!!Natalie Grant is an awesome witness for God and God gave her an incredible voice to use for his glory!!Buy this cd because it is worth every penny!!

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