For Natalie Grant, “Love Revolution” is more than just the title of her latest CD. As a social activist and founder of the Home Foundation to rescue victims of human trafficking, Grant hopes that the message behind the music will inspire people to make a difference in the lives of others.

The song, “Greatness of our God,” written by Jason Ingram, Stu G (Delirous?) and Reuben Morgan (Hillsong) is quickly proving to be one of Grant’s most impactful songs yet.

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The Sound Opinion recently caught up with Natalie to discuss the new album and other exciting projects in the works.

  TSO: Tell how you came up with the theme “love revolution” for the new album:

Grant: For me, it was about what was happening in my own life. Where God was taking me and teaching me — getting back to the basics of loving Him and loving people. This is about getting back to loving our neighbors and living out the gospel. Love revolution to me means to love someone with such a passionate fervency that it brings about a marked change and that describes Christ’s love. When we call ourselves His followers, then we get to be His hands and feet extended to other people. I think that’s the way He calls us to love others, and hopefully this will be a reminder for people to do that.

TSO: What do you hope people take away from this album and from your concerts?

Grant: I’ve never recorded music just to make music. I’ve always felt like there was a greater power and purpose. Music is a tool that God uses to get His message out, and the message in the music is what sets it apart. For this album, I really wanted people to not just have a great listening experience. I want them to hear songs that point them back to Christ being their first love and come into His presence and be changed. I also want them to hear the message of loving people and living the gospel out loud — living in such a way that people are compelled to want to know who Jesus is — not just because of the words we say, but because of the life that we live.

TSO: Tell about the Love Revolution campaign:

Grant: It started with the Home Foundation, which is an organization that fights human trafficking. We started the campaign in July, since it’s the month we celebrate our freedom. However, there are so many people who do not get to enjoy that same freedom — victims of human trafficking right now in our towns, neighborhoods and cities. I went to some of my artist friends and started a “31 days of freedom campaign.”

A different artist or author tweeted each day about what freedom means to them, the reality that there is still slavery in the world today, and what people can do to make a difference. Twitter is such a massive social networking tool.

This campaign wasn’t asking for much, just giving up one aspect of your life… maybe even one Starbucks a day and donate that money on a daily basis. If you add that up at the end of the month, you’d be surprised how much money that is. For my family, we love seeing movies but we gave that up in July. Believe me, I really wanted to see Toy Story 3 when it came out. But this campaign offers tangible ways that people can be involved in bringing freedom to many. We’re using the money to build faith-based restoration homes in the US.

The Love Revolution Campaign is really just an opportunity for people to start a revolution of love. It’s been amazing to see this theme being shared by so many artists, authors, speakers, and churches. I think God is really putting this on the hearts of His people. It’s interesting that the word ‘love’ is actually in the word ‘revolution,’ so it makes perfect sense to me. This campaign is an opportunity for people to get involved and bring about a love revolution. Often we look at revolution as such a big word and sometimes it can be intimidating. But really it’s more about one act of kindness, one show of love — that’s what starts a revolution and changes everything. I think the more we can motivate people to do that, the more we’ll see communities turn around.

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TSO: What do you feel like God’s been teaching you lately?

Grant: He’s been teaching me a lot about faith, especially since I showed up pregnant and wasn’t supposed to be able to get pregnant. It’s funny because the doctors told us that we wouldn’t be able to have kids, and here I am with our third child. There’s a perfect example of the greatness of our God!

I also think that God’s been teaching me about fear. I struggle a lot with fear in my life. I don’t know if it’s more so since I’ve become a mom, since it’s innate in a mom to worry or what it is. But I really struggle with fear in my life. I know that the Bible says that God hasn’t given us the spirit of fear — but in an honest moment, I’m full of fear. I’ve realized that when I sometimes allow that fear to show, it’s translating to my kids. There was something the other day that I was really expressing a fear about, and I noticed that it was impacting my daughter. That’s definitely not what I want.

It was such a reminder that our kids are watching everything we do, and also a reminder that I’ve got to surrender my fear to the Lord and allow Him to have full control of that area in my life. I have to be so serious and conscious of how I walk that out in front of my children, because everything they’re learning and forming in this stage in their life about who Jesus is: they’re observing from their parents.

TSO: What’s your favorite part of what you do?

Grant: Growing up, my microphone used to be a hairbrush and I sang to the stuffed animals in my room. So the fact that I get to do this for a living never ceases to just blow my mind and amazes me. But more than that, what is really remarkable to me is the way that God uses the message of the music in people’s lives. My favorite part is getting to stand on that stage and look out into the crowd and see the impact that the music makes in people’s lives. Whether they’re crying, laughing, smiling or worshipping — you can see that the message in the music is leaving a deposit in the lives of people. It never ceases to amaze me that God would choose to use some average kid from Seattle, Washington to do that, but that’s the thing — God chooses to use regular, ordinary people and He’s the one who works in extraordinary ways.

** For more information about Natalie Grant and Love Revolution, check out www.nataliegrant.com and www.twitter.com/nataliegrant. She is currently touring with Women of Faith. Following the birth of her third child in December, Grant plans to resume touring in 2011 as part of the Love Revolution Campaign.

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