Worship with Natalie Grant and Friends
- reviewed by LaTonya Taylor Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2004 1 Apr
- Holy, Holy, Holy
- Let it Rise
- High and Exalted
- Crown You With Praise
- Breathe on Me/I Need Thee Every Hour
- You Are My All In All
- Agnus Dei
- Come Into This House
- Holy Spirit Rain Down
- Awesome In This Place
- Just a Glimpse
- More of Your Glory
- Break Me Lord/Oh Draw Me Lord
- Shout To The Lord
Some of my most meaningful moments of personal worship have occurred as I've noticed Christians crossing cultural lines through music. Seeing people who might not visit each other's churches—without hearing catchphrases like "racial reconciliation"—ministering to one another in song fills me with hope. It's progress toward serving our great God together in multiracial churches.
Praise-and-worship music like that on
Grant and friends (including Darwin Hobbs, Israel & New Breed and John Elefante) also sidestep a problem common to albums that advertise multicultural appeal. Often, these albums are so bland—save for some bongos and R&B-styled melisma—you can barely tell which cultures are being bridged. Not so here. Jazzy keys, warm organ and a strong, full-bodied choir of background vocalists bring a gospel feel to songs like "Agnus Dei" and "Come Into This House." The hard-driving, Latin-flavored "Crown You With Praise" is unforgettably energetic, and Grant brings a pop-friendly dimension to songs like Hobbs' "Break Me Lord/Oh Draw Me Lord."
If you've enjoyed hearing these songs on other albums, these respectful reinterpretations are worth a listen. And music ministers will find the album to be an education in how singing the same songs in slightly different ways can work—not only in your congregation, but toward the goal of a unified church.