Natalie Grant, the famed American singer, sings the national anthem at a season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and Detroit Lions on Thursday.

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With this performance, she is making her triumphant return to the revered stadium of Arrowhead, where her previous performance in September 2019 made a lasting impression on the crowd.

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Grant is regarded as one of the most important voices in Christian music right now. She has been nominated for nine Grammys and has won the Female Vocalist of the Year honor from the Gospel Music Association five times. The Chiefs’ decision to select her is a sign that they value both her outstanding talent and the impact she has on every performance.

Grant’s performance of the national anthem went viral at a college football championship game the previous year. Viewers all over the country were moved by her stirring performance, which was marked by country-infused flourishes and resonant Whitney Houston-inspired trills. The crowd erupted in loud ovation at the precise moment she gazed aloft during the anthem’s heartbreaking crescendo. Due to her outstanding performance, “Natalie Grant” became the fifth most popular search on Google that evening, demonstrating the lasting effect she made.

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In addition to her musical talent, Grant’s life story exemplifies perseverance and faith. She received a grave diagnosis of papillary thyroid carcinoma in 2017, which required surgery to remove two tumors. Her voice recovered unharmed, defying medical predictions, which is proof of the healing power of her steadfast Christian faith.

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Grant is committed outside of the stage. A Law & Order program motivated her to travel to Mumbai, India to advocate against human trafficking. She used her influence to help co-found the nonprofit organization Hope for Justice after seeing firsthand the suffering of children caught in the abominations of modern slavery. In five continents, this group fights human trafficking nonstop.