Music Review | “No Stranger” By Natalie Grant
Few artists in Christian music have the storied career of powerhouse vocalist Natalie Grant. While Grant has been anything but inactive in the music realm the last five years, her newest record No Stranger marks her first release since 2015’s Be One.
From start to finish, No Stranger feels intentionally personal and profound. “You are no stranger to the scar / So you can have my wounded heart / You weren’t protected from the pain / So you can hold me when I break,” the emotional title track sings.
An album full of songs that speak to the way Christ knows us intimately, the sonic landscape feels flawlessly tailored to match the lyrical content with the breathtaking London Symphony as a backdrop to Grant’s raw yet dynamic and captivating voice.
In addition to the stunning title track, No Stranger offers Grant’s take on the Casting Crowns hit “Praise You In This Storm” (co-written by her husband and producer, Bernie Herms), anthemic “My Weapon” and vulnerable “Face to Face,” among others.
The album features guest appearances by artists Fleurie (“Presence Of The King”) and Steven Malcolm with Mr. Talkbox (“Even Louder”), as well as Natalie’s solo recording of “Isn’t He (This Jesus),” a song previously released by Natalie in 2019 with her church The Belonging Co.
With No Stranger, Natalie explores the depths of what she describes as a spiritual awakening that has taken place in her heart over the last five years; an awakening that has opened her to a greater understanding of the presence of God in her life. Through melody and lyric, Grant invites us all in to the awakening with her, heralded by the key truth in this record: hallelujah, God is no stranger to us.