Christian music powerhouse Natasha Owens is returning on August 6 with her latest studio album, Stand, a 12-track testament to perseverance and empowerment that finds her reconnecting with longtime label home Radiate Music and GRAMMY-nominated and multiple Dove Award-winning producer/songwriter/fellow artist Ian Eskelin.
"Through the last year or so, there has been a lot of chaos going on in our world," observes Owens. "It's incredibly easy to look around us and instantly become anxious and fearful at all that we see. But there is a hope that I have found that is stronger than the enemy that tries to intimidate us; His name is Jesus."
The album's just-released lead single, "Lion," takes the chaos of the past year head-on, reminding us to move forward no matter how insurmountable one's surrounding circumstances may seem.
"This song has driven me by the truth that our King is bold, fearless, and courageous," Owens explains. "Revelation 5:5 refers to Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who prevails. Instantly, I was then reminded of Proverbs 28:1 that promises us that the righteous are as bold as a lion. What a declaration! He is our defender and has given us the strength to stand in boldness without fear. This is our battle cry."
Other standouts on Stand include the joyful sentiments of "Fly," the praise-fueled acoustic tenderness of "Hallelujah," a stunning tribute to a lost loved one, "Home," and the optimistic closing anthem, simply titled "Yes."
There's even a throwback to Owens' previous project with the bonus track, "Warrior," a brand new rendition of the modern classic recorded live in front of a roaring crowd.
"I want to show people that they can make it, too," Owens asserts. "Being a warrior means that my wounds have healed, but I still have the scars to prove it. The scars remind me that I don't have to worry about the next battle because I know God will be standing with me."
As Owens plans to return to touring and as host of the national Christian women's conference known as the Warrior Event, she's looking forward to sharing her courageous story as a means to inspire others, while always making sure to meet listeners exactly where they're at.
"So many people are at different stages of their story," she says. "In any crowd, you have people ranging from being at the beginning of their grief to being overcomers. I'm taking people on the full journey, making them feel all of these emotions, but leaving feeling hopeful."
Owens' path to a successful music career is unique, rooted in agonizing heartache and unbelievable tragedy. Seven years ago, her father died suddenly while cleaning his guns when one misfired, placing a bullet in his chest. The themes of grief, heartbreak, and redemption permeate throughout her music, which served as therapy for her along the way.
Today, she is focused on being a proactive and prayerful advocate for mental health awareness. She has been open about her battle with severe depression and her season of extreme lows brought on by tragedy. But she's quick to share how God showed up in the most magnificent way. "He said, 'trust in Me that I've guided you this far and I'm not gonna let you down now.'" Owens knows that God has kept that promise, and Stand brings it all full circle.
Owens will hit the road this summer performing at multiple festivals, sharing the main stage with Skillet, Newsboys, Danny Gokey, Matthew West, and many more. Plans for a fall tour and a Christmas tour are also underway. To view her complete concert schedule, click here.