Natalie Grant & Charlotte Gambill – Dare to Be

This was billed as an all female event!  It’s been a while though since the last time I had the privilege of seeing Natalie Grant perform live.  So when she came in for rehearsal the day before, I had no reservations about asking her if I could attend the show.  She was more than happy to oblige.  I drove out to Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN.  It turned out to be a very moving evening.

Dare To Be is a message to all the women who attend that they have the amazing, God given ability within them to do so much with their lives.   Charlotte Gambill is a Senior Associate Pastor at the Life Church, Bradford, England who meet Natalie years ago by chance in a church in California.  Both have been friends ever since but have had this dream of putting a show together to inspire women to Dare To Be, well, anything they want to be or do in life – to never let anything or anyone tell them they can’t do anything.

If you have yet to see Natalie perform live, you should look up the schedule in the link below (after you finish reading this of course) and try to make it out to one of these events.  There’s a good blend of music, speaking, and video to support the message.  Natalie’s songs also tie in very well and her delivery is such a pleasure to listen to.  She’s won several Dove awards as a leading female vocalist – well deserved!

Charlotte was a delightful speaker who tells some wonderful stories to inspire her audience and show them that there is always hope.  Natalie sang some of her hits: “I Will Not be Moved”, “Held”, “Human”, and “Alive”  and the crowd loved it.  Her music is energizing and her voice commands your attention.

I was so glad I stayed around till the end of the show.  Natalie mentioned the last part of the show was her favorite part.  She started to  tell the story of a local single woman with three children who had been in a head-on collision.  She had surgery after surgery and unfortunately, had to have one of her legs amputated. After all that had happened to her, she persisted through it all and never give up on her dreams.  She also recently got married.  Natalie called her up on stage to be recognized as an amazing example of someone who never lost  hope and always moved forward. Her children and new husband were in attendance and met her up on stage.  Natalie and Charlotte gave her a special bag of gifts but the biggest gift was to see the entire church on their feet clapping for this amazing woman.  They were all standing together as sisters.

After the event was over, I came backstage to say goodbye to Natalie and Charlotte. I also had a chance to chat with Natalie’s husband and producer Bernie Herms about Natalie’s next record.    I told them that I hope they can find a way, amongst both of their busy schedules to keep this event going.  It was such a powerful experience and message that needs to be spread throughout our amazing planet.



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Ryan Smith

Ryan Smith

Ryan is a Regional Manager of Artist Relations at the Shure office in Nashville, TN. He started at Shure in 1993 in Customer Service and joined the AR team in 1996. Ryan has over 30 years of performance experience playing drums and percussion in various groups and genres. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, watching movies, videography, and camping with his family. His Twitter handle is @ryan_smith1969.

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