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10 January 2006

Curb recording artist Natalie Grant capped a milestone year by becoming the top-selling female solo artist in Christian music for 2005. Fueled by the success of the critically-acclaimed watershed release Awaken in March, and her first Christmas album, Believe, in October, Grant solidified her position as one of Christian music’s top artists, while simultaneously achieving a formidable foothold at mainstream Adult Contemporary radio.

According to Billboard, Grant’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” her fourth mainstream Adult Contemporary radio hit and first Top 10, appeared at #9 on the publication’s debut chart of 2006. In addition, Grant’s most vulnerable single to date, “Held,” has been on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 20 weeks and is currently #11, according to the publication’s January 14 issue. The multi-format hit also reached #1 at Christian AC radio in 2005.

Awaken continues to stand firm on the Billboard Top Heatseekers album chart after 41 weeks, making Grant the longest-running female solo artist on the Top Heatseekers chart for 2005. The chart ranks best-selling albums by new and developing acts from all genres that have never appeared in the Top 100 of the Billboard 200.

One of Grant’s most significant accomplishments of 2005 was the success of her HOME Foundation and campaign to raise awareness about international human trafficking. One of the focal points of her ministry platform, Grant educates audiences on the plight of children around the world who have been forced into the sex trade. The HOME Foundation surpassed its projected goals for the year in raising money towards construction of a medical facility at the Village at Ashagram in India. In partnership with Bombay Teen Challenge, the center will be devoted to the healing and rehabilitation of children victimized by human trafficking.

Last year Grant’s multi-faceted ministry also included her ongoing involvement with Women of Faith conferences, and she was a featured speaker and performer on the organization’s inaugural “The Revolve Tour” for girls in the 7th-12th grades. Grant, who overcame a battle with bulimia as a young adult, presented a message on self-esteem at the youth events. The topic is also one of several related subjects covered in her first book, “The Real Me: Being The Girl God Sees,” which released in September from W Publishing.

In December, 12 dates on Grant’s 14-city Christmas tour, which stopped in Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle and Cleveland, among other markets, were sell-out concerts.

This year Grant will continue to appear at Women of Faith conferences and on “The Revolve Tour.” In addition, she is scheduled to headline the multi-city “Held” Tour this spring. Her latest single, “What Are You Waiting For,” is rapidly ascending national Christian AC and CHR radio charts.

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