Curb / Word Entertainment
Release Date: February 21st 2020
Reviewed by: Jonathan Andre
- My Weapon
- My Weapon (Sacred Mix)
Natalie Grant needs to introduction. A mainstay in Christian music for years, this songstress and quite arguably one of the most powerful vocalists (in both Christian and mainstream music) in recent memory, has given to us powerful songs over the years, from ‘Held’, ‘Live for Today’, ‘I Am Not Alone’ and ‘Bring it All Together’, to ‘The Real Me’, ‘I Will Not Be Moved’, ‘Hurricane’, ‘Be One’ and more recently ‘More Than Anything’ and ‘King of the World’; to name a few. Now five years later on from the chart topping Be One that released in 2015 (and was one of my favourite albums of that particular year), Natalie is back after a humungous hiatus, and a well-received welcome-back to music with anticipated new single ‘My Weapon’, from her brand new album releasing later on during the year.
Cowritten with Natalie Grant and other fellow songwriters (not singers) in Benji Cowart, Jonathan Jay, Ryan Ellis and Andrew Bergthold, ‘My Weapon’, both in radio edit format, and in symphonic music format; has been one the pleasant surprises of 2020 so far in terms of singles that have released. While Natalie hasn’t recorded anything new in 5 years because of personal issues and various other things, she’s back now with a hard-hitting single about using the Lord’s presence and the power of prayer as our greatest weapon against the circumstances that may hold us back in everyday life. Produced by husband Bernie Herms, ‘My Weapon’ is indeed a reminder that the weapon which is Christ in all that He is, is enough for us to repel and push back the cowering darkness that may take hold of our lives at any time. The chorus lyric is especially emotive and poignant for me- ‘…Your presence is my greatest weapon, pushing back the darkness, breaking every chain, my worship opens up the heavens, crushing every stronghold, when I speak Your name, Your presence is my weapon…’; and gives me comfort in knowing full well that the same God who lives in me because of my relationship with Him; is the same God that when I call His name, can do things through me that even I can’t really fathom or even imagine. It is a surreal concept, but a concept nonetheless that I can grasp and hold onto during difficult or trying times.
‘…whatever current difficulty or hardship we find ourselves in, there is one thing that is a source of comfort and strength above all else, and it is also our greatest weapon—the presence of God. And His presence is always with us. Joshua 1:9 reminds us to ‘not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ So no matter the fight, we never fight alone. May this song remind you that God is with you and God is for you, fighting your battles. He is your victory…’ Natalie Grant is back, and with a 5 year sabbatical, it’s like she’s never left with this brand-new single. A song that will continue to be playing for months as I soak in the very lyrics of this song that are indeed very timely and needed for such a generation as this; Natalie’s new album is sure to be very much anticipated, if her new music is as emotive and compelling as ‘My Weapon’. Well done Natalie for a comeback single. Looking forward to the brand new album, later on during the year.
RIYL: Love & The Outcome, Meredith Andrews, Rebecca St. James, Mandisa