September 4th, 2010
01:55 PM ET
You know why we need a love revolution? Natalie Grant will tell you.
Christians often let people know what they are against, and that needs to change, she said.
"Sometimes I think the loudest voices in the media for Christianity can be so negative," she said during a recent visit to the CNN offices in Atlanta, Georgia. "We let people know the things we don't agree with, all the things that need to be done this way or that way. But we rarely let people know what we are for."
Love Revolution, Grant's newest CD, is a call to action. The message, she says, is for believers to show the world Christ's love through the way they live.
Grant said Christians need to be reminded not only go to church, but to be the church.
The CD has two main components, she said. One comprises praise and worship songs.
"It was an intentional thing," she said. "When you are trying to inspire someone to have a love revolution they have to have a revolution of their own heart first."
The other half of the album is pop songs, which Grant has made "hip again," according to Christianity Today.
Reviews are mixed. CCMmagazine.com says Grant is "is arguably the greatest singer 'round these parts, and the songs by themselves are potent enough as it is."
Jesus freak Hideout writer Matthew Watson says: "The worship songs especially are hit-and-miss and I would have favored original tracks over covers. However, all of the upbeat songs are done particularly well and serve as the highlights of the album."
He criticizes the label for making the praise song "Greatness of Our God," the first radio single.
It's not something Grant would disagree with. She felt the track didn't set the mood for the album.
"To me it sounded like a very safe, nice Christian song, but the whole message of the album is to not be safe, to kind of push your boundaries," she said.
She said that the K-Love radio network helped her push another song, the pop-sounding "Human," written by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, along with Jason Ingram and Dan Muckala.
"Love Revolution" debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian albums chart and was No. 32 on the Billboard Top 200. This has been the best sales week of the four-time female vocalist of the year at the Dove Awards' career, a release from her publicist said.
A portion of the proceeds for the CD go to Grant charity, Home Foundation, which builds homes for the victims of sex trafficking. She told CNN that meeting the women who went through the horrors of slavery "wrecked her" and inspired her to do something to help.
Grant's interview with "Faces of Faith" will air on CNN on September 12.
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