Leader of Worship in Song,
Producer, Band Leader, Bassist
Leader of Worship in Song,
Producer, Band Leader, Bassist
Grant Norsworthy is not a singer who talks too much. He’s a speaker who loves to sing songs! But with his vast musical experience and award-winning abilities, Grant frequently utilizes music as an open invitation to dig more deeply into the spoken message.
As a soloist with acoustic guitar, accompanied by his band of Nashville pro instrumentalists or backed by a local ensemble of volunteer musicians, music will most likely form part of what Grant contributes to any event.
As a member of top Contemporary Christian Music bands PC3 (Paul Colman Trio) and Sonicflood, as a session/touring bassist and as a solo artist, Grant has achieved significant success as a musician, including a Grammy® nomination and a Dove Award.
Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord,
always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ephesians 5: 19-20
Grant humbly declines to use the common and widespread term “worship leader” to describe what he does with guitar, microphone and the mandate to invite a congregation of believers to sing.
Infused with a passion to see music and singing used more effectively within the Church as an expression of worship, Grant seeks to lead all followers of Jesus to the worship of God that continues after the songs have faded and we’ve left the auditorium.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. – Romans 12:1 (ESV)
Intentionally drawing widely from the canon of sacred music throughout history and up to the present day, Grant’s repertoire for leading congregational singing is built without bias for any particular period, style or denominational influence. His acute awareness of the need to balance nostalgia and novelty makes sure that no-one feels left behind.
Grant’s skill as a congregational leader of worship in song is a refreshing change from the accepted norm where the difference between concert performance and congregational worship in song can become blurred and confused.
Songs selected for any given event or Church service will be chosen with a singular focus: To successfully create a musical atmosphere that clearly invites that particular congregation to passionately sing the truth of The Gospel and, in so-doing, grapple more intentionally with The Living Word Of God.
Songs from Grant’s congregational repertoire include:
10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
All Creatures of Our God and King
Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
Be Thou My Vision
Father I Adore You
What A Friend I’ve Found
Something About That Name
Soon And Very Soon
Holy, Holy, Holy
Lord I Need You
This Is Amazing Grace
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
In Christ Alone
It Is Well With My Soul
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
We Will Feast In The House Of Zion
"As Grant led, I watched the atmosphere begin to change in front of me. It was beautiful to see a group of people who were somewhat closed off open up and become One Body."
"Grant’s used his God-given talents to wonderful effect at our Night of Praise event last night. We were all just folks praising God together and it was truly amazing! Something about Grant’s leadership last night generated a different atmosphere for me."
"His high-energy and fun-loving personality add to the impact of his presence and message. Our congregation’s response was extremely positive from all 3 services: traditional, blended and contemporary. It is difficult to determine which shines brighter in Grant; his excellence in music or his mastery in delivering the message God has given him."
Together with wife Brooke, Grant penned an original verse for the well-loved old hymn “Be Thou My Vision”. Grant’s original version, with this least-known verse – is widely available and is being sung by Church congregations around the world.
[Verse 4 lyrics by Grant & Brooke Norsworthy, © 2008 Team Tasman Music /ASCAP]
Be my compassion, my love for the poor;
Break my distraction so I can’t ignore;
The least of your children, the ones you adore;
For by them, Jesus, I worship you, Lord.
In 2008 – after many years as a pro recording and touring bassist, backing vocalist and a contributing songwriter within the bands he was part of – Grant picked up the acoustic six-string guitar and began singing his own original songs and better-known, creatively re-arranged numbers as an individual music artist.
In 2012, Grant’s first solo album “Resident Alien” was released. Standout tracks include “Jesus Loves Me (I Need More)”, “Rwanda” and an original remake of the hymn favorite “Be Thou My Vision”.
Grant continues to write and perform original songs. Stay tuned for news of the next release.
Two song sampler available free from NoiseTrade
CD and digital download available from Bandcamp
In addition to producing his own recordings and co-producing PC3’s “return” album with his bandmates, Grant also takes on a very small number of other artists and bands to produce and mentor.
Unlike most full-time, Nashville-based music producers, Grant is unencumbered by the necessity to churn out a high number of recordings each year to keep the lights on. By contrast, Grant’s small number of production projects are carefully selected and quite rare. And that’s the way he likes it!
The process is highly relational and invariably incorporates elements of artist development, co-writing, coaching and discipleship. Grant most definitely sees each production opportunity as a chance to grow and mature each individual artist holistically rather than focusing solely on making an excellent sound recording.
In fact, Grant mentors several younger artists – allowing them to benefit from his unique perspectives, experience in the industry and spiritual maturity as a Christ follower – without a definite “next step” of heading into a recording studio at all!
Grant at HearStudios in Camden, Maine, USA producing The Band Apollo.
"Grant has Godly wisdom and insight that any musician would find key to their growth. Even as a hip-hop artist I’ve found Grant to be an excellent mentor for much more than music."
“I have been produced by Grant as a member of The Band Apollo and as a hired studio musician. I rate him highly as a producer and leader. He’s well organized, hard working, has clear vision, excellent communication, is very encouraging and always focused on building authentic, mentoring relationships with those involved in the project.”
"Grant is the real deal—an excellent musician and a faithful husband and father. He has given me priceless, candid feedback on my music and our conversations always leave me hopeful and eager to continue challenging myself. I owe much to Grant and count him as a friend and mentor for life.”
The Band Apollo (Produced by Grant Norsworthy)
Band member, touring “road dog”, playing to tens of thousands, nights when nobody showed up, hit songs, awards, defeats, backing musician, studio player, covers, originals, Church, mainstream, CCM, performance, congregational: Grant’s long, varied and extensive musical history has equipped him with stories to tell, scars to show and wisdom to share.
The electric bass guitar: That’s Grant Norsworthy’s chosen instrument. He dedicated himself to becoming the best bassist he possibly could. From humble beginnings in garage bands, Church bands and bar bands in his home city of Melbourne Australia, in 2002 the bass carried Grant over the Pacific Ocean to Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
1998 to 2004 & 2009 to 2012
Bassist, backing vocalist, arranger, co-songwriter, co-producer
Dove Award (2003) – Best New Artist
Grammy® Nomination (2003) – Best Contemporary Christian Album for “New Map Of The World”
PC3 always was and always will be Paul Colman, Grant Norsworthy and Phil Gaudion.
For more, go to PaulColmanTrio.com
December 2004 to February 2008
Bassist, backing vocalist, arranger, spokes-person
– Glimpse (2006)
In 2006, Sonicflood was Trey Hill, Jordan Jameson, Rick Heil, Chris Kimmerer and Grant Norsworthy.
Click here to hear Grant’s bass work with Sonicflood on SoundCloud.
As well as being bassist for PC3 and Sonicflood, Grant has played live and/or recorded as a supporting musician for other artists including:
Steven Curtis Chapman Matthew West Todd Agnew Phil Joel (Newsboys) John Schlitt (Petra) Solomon’s Wish Roads To Rome Bebo Norman Nate Sallie Across The Sky Alabaster Box