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God bless Natalie Grant. After surviving two label shutdowns and constant trial-and-error, the powerhouse vocalist finally hit it big with 2005's Awaken, her best-selling fifth studio album. Before that, it was false start after false start -- the singer with the big voice and even bigger Christian pop dreams couldn't seem to get her break. But Awaken was different. For the first time, Grant was finally taking the reins of her career, forging a vision of her own, handling a larger share of the songwriting duties, and opting for a more mature, pop
ock-inflected adult contemporary sound. With Relentless, Grant continues this maturation process, displaying even more artistic autonomy, aggression, and adventurousness than before. For a Christian pop diva, she's certainly taking a lot of risks here, parlaying her potent vocals with fierce pop
ock elements, plus the occasional synth effects, urban-pop affectations, and even a horn section or two. The terrific "Make It Matter" makes use of all of these components, and the result is a glorious pop song -- more interesting and offbeat than a lot of today's Top 40. At times Grant is a little too indiscreet in her attempts at novelty, like on the soulful, sassy "So Long," which sounds too much like KT Tunstall's "Black Horse & a Cherry Tree" to be credited entirely to Grant. Outside of that, she appears most comfortable at delivering substantive, highly polished pop
ock ("I Will Not Be Moved," "Perfect People"), plus enough doses of Grant's own proven, signature pop balladry ("In Better Hands," "Back at My Heart") to satisfy those who fell in love with her beloved hit "Held." As a reference point, you could think of Relentless as the follow-up to Breakaway that Kelly Clarkson failed to deliver after the smash success of that album, except in a Christian pop context. Yes, it's that catchy -- perhaps calculatedly so -- but it's never banal or contrived, like a lot the radio-geared material being produced in the CCM market.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/12/2008
Label: Curb Records
UPC: 0715187902527
catalogNumber: 79025
Rank: 122123

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Natalie Grant   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
David Angell   Strings
John Catchings   Strings,Cello
David Davidson   Strings
Thomas Flora   Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Barry Green   Strings
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Anthony LaMarchina   Strings
Nashville String Machine   Strings
William Owsley   Bass,Guitar
Pamela Sixfin   Strings
Gary VanOsdale   Strings
Mary Kathryn Van Osdale   Strings
Scott Williamson   Drums
Dan Needham   Drums
Chris Graffagnino   Guitar
Bernie Herms   Piano,Keyboards
Monisa Angell   Strings
Akil Thompson   Bass
Melinda Doolittle   Background Vocals
Trevor Morgan   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Paul Moak   Guitar
Ryan Sharp   Trumpet
Jamie Kenney   Keyboards
Rob Hawkins   Guitar
Phillip Lassiter   Trumpet,Horn
Jason Hoard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Roman Dudok   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Shaun Shankel   Piano,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Danny Duncan   Engineer
Mike Curb   Executive Producer
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Carl Gorodetzky   String Contractor
Brendan Harkin   Piano Engineer
Bill Whittington   Engineer
Jeff Pitzer   Engineer
Jeremy Bose   Programming
Bernie Herms   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,rhythm arrangement,Vocal Engineer,String Conductor
Jim Daddario   Composer
Trevor Morgan   rhythm arrangement
Christa Wells   Composer
Stuart Townend   Composer
Natalie Grant   Composer,rhythm arrangement
Bryan Stewart   Executive Producer
Keith Getty   Composer
Mitchell Solarek   Executive Producer,Management
Lee Bridges   Engineer
Trina Harmon   Composer
Catt Gravitt   Composer
Matthew West   Composer
Daewoo Kim   Engineer
Jason Barton   Composer
Sam Mizell   Composer
Phillip Lassiter   Horn Arrangements
Shaun Shankel   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer

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