NOTE: OK, so we would like to ensure our readers who have come to count on The Beat for accuracy almost as much as for chicanery, that when we connected with publicity types to interview Natalie Grant, it was with the understanding she'd be in town Friday, April 29, with MercyMe and Brandon Heath. But we've just learned that, whilen she's doing most dates with them, she will in fact not be on the 4-29 bill at Grove City Church of the Nazarene, but will be one of the musical guests at the Women of Faith event Friday and saturday at Nationwide Arena.
Our interview with Natalie Grant (story here) was a treat. In addition to her music, we talked family and heartbreak.
Family: Grant and her husband, producer/songwriter Bernie Herms, welcomed a new baby, Sadie, last December. Grant told us that the night before our phone conversation (we connected at 8:30 a.m.) was the first night she had slept all the way through. She also said her 4-year-old twin daughters have "been like little moms" to the new arrival, who is since out on the current tour with the rest of the family. "The twins have been road warriors, and Sadie will learn to be the same," she said. Grant said she's "blessed" to be able to work this way - that she's not sure she could tour if her family couldn't come along for the ride. Additionally, she said, "I'm privileged to work with my husband," calling him "a great producer and songwriter, and not just for me but for everyone he works with."
Heartbreak: Frant told The Beat a trip to India a few years back "changed and wrecked my life. I saw little children for sale on the street." "Then I learned it happenes back home too - I learned about a (prostitution ring) with 12 girls under the age of 15 less than a mile from my front door. I had to do something." So she started , a non-profit charitable foundation dedicated to the eradication of human trafficking both domestically and abroad.
Grant's tour with MercyMe and Brandon Heath plays Grove City Church of the Nazarene Friday, April 29.