Natalie Grant will step into the matchmaking scene when she hosts "It Takes A Church" premiering Thursday, June 5 at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on GSN. The network also revealed an integration deal with ChristianMingle, the largest online community for Christian singles for the new series.
Hosted by Multi-Grammy nominated Natalie Grant, "It Takes A Church" features Christian congregations across the country who play matchmaker in a competition to help an unattached fellow parishioner find their partner. Each one-hour episode features a different congregation from across the country including Brooklyn, NY; Baltimore, MD; Goshen, IN; Milwaukee, WI; Rock Hill, SC; Oxnard, CA; and Tempe, AZ.
Each week, one unsuspecting single who has a desire to find a mate, is surprised to learn that their church is coming together to help them find love, led by their own Pastor, who speaks to the situation and gives advice on the potential suitors. The partnership provides ChristianMingle with in-show integration throughout the season; plus all of the daters who are not ultimately chosen will receive annual memberships to the dating service. In addition, GSN will produce a custom short form micro-series for ChristianMingle that will air as interstitials throughout the commercial breaks of the show. Terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
Natalie Grant was nominated for two 2014 Grammy® Awards, in the categories Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and Best Christian Music Song for the single Hurricane. A mainstay on the Billboard Christian Songs chart with numerous #1 hits over the past decade, Grant has affirmed her status as one of gospel music’s most popular artists, enjoying out of the box success with the recent “Hurricane” #1 debut on the Christian and Gospel Billboard Albums charts (and #17 on the Billboard 200 chart). The infectious, double Grammy-nominated title track and single, Hurricane, quickly hit #1 on iTunes and added to the list of Grant's chart- topping radio hits.
Grant will also be seen in a supporting role in the upcoming film, “Persecuted.” Produced by multiple Oscar®-winner Gray Frederickson (“The Godfather” Trilogy, “Apocalypse Now”), the independent thriller – set for release in July – sees Grant co-starring alongside James Remar, Bruce Davison, and Fred Thompson.