25 November 1960, Augusta, Georgia, USA. A huge influence on the development of modern gospel music, Grants perennially youthful but always convincing vocal has imbued her many recordings with a purity of spirit and performance that can be awe-inspiring. Songs such as Angels, Raining On The Inside and Find A Way, scattered through a consistently high-quality recording career, have endeared her to her massive contemporary and gospel audience as well as critics. Though originally a primarily religious performer, her material also blends in rhythms derived from modern R&B and soul, while her lyrics contemplate subjects outside of the average gospel singers repertoire. However, when secular subjects are tackled, there is an abiding spirituality to Grants treatment of them that ensures her position as a gospel singer despite her R&B success: The point of my songs is never singer-focused. Its...
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