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Relentless
by Natalie Grant

Reviewed by Dale Lewis

"Grant has honed her vocals to near perfection: letting loose into the higher octaves with great ease while simmering with mesmerizing restraint when needed."

With a raw, powerful rock edge, “Relentless,” is the direct result of husband Bernie Herms being at the helm. The rowdier material invites comparisons to Kelly Clarkson and Barlowgirl. There are also hints of Carrie Underwood and Nicole C. Mullen mixed within the songs.

Woven throughout the “Relentless” is the theme of trusting God right through life's tribulations and disappointments. You’ll find the right mixture of power ballads and downright funky sizzlers.

Grant has honed her vocals to near perfection: letting loose into the higher octaves with great ease while simmering with mesmerizing restraint when needed.

Several titles incorporate a tight and hip brass section, a definite highlight to this CD. It brought memories of my days in high school and college as a trumpet player.

Prime cuts include the opening track “I Will Not Be Moved,” “Make it Matter,” “Make a Way” and the bonus track "In Christ Alone" which gets an original soulful touch with rousing guitar riffs. Although "Perfect People" (track #6) is rhythmically upbeat and singable, this particular concept seemed overly simplified and too obvious.

Even though it took 3 years to bring this project to fruition, this multi-Dove Award winner persisted. "Relentless" is indeed worth the wait because of Grant’s consummate vocals and insightful lyrics. She has gained another fan!

Dale Lewis now mans the front desk at the EFCA (The Evangelical Free Church of America) National Office in Minneapolis, MN. He was the graphic designer/pre-press production artist for over twelve years before being asked to step into this new role. Prior to that, he was the publications manager at his alma mater, Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN in the public relations office as well as the adviser to the college’s yearbook. He's a director/actor/writer for the Hope Church (Oakdale, MN) adult drama worship team and was the senior editor of the church newsletter. He's also written two collections of poetry, “Whispers of Assurance” and “On Life: Constant Communion Without Ceasing” as well as a devotional entitled “Eternal Education.” He and his family live in Oakdale, Minnesota.