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Natalie Jean - Exclusive Interview
Natalie Jean is a multi-nominated award winning artist. She has been nominated over 100 times for her music and has won too many awards to list.. She performs and writes for many genres; Pop, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rap, Contemporary, Country, Americana, and Dance. Most recently she won the Gold Medal for her song "You Don't Know Me" in the 2019 Global Music Awards and won Versatile Artist of The Year in the 2019 Josie Music Awards.
What got you into music?
I come from a musical family. My father Guy R. Jean and aunt, Sandra Jean are both artists. I started out by writing poetry. I didn't even know that I could sing, when I was younger. But one day I decided to try and see where it would take me. I love the fact that music has the power to heal and make a difference in someone else's life. I want to make a difference.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love performing and the creativity that comes out of songwriting. I love seeing that I bring some joy to my audience. Also, I like to explore different ways to write a song. I don't believe that we need to stick to one way of doing things.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
I love working with Alexi Von Guggenberg. He is a creative genius and allows me to be myself. I create what I want. It is my message. It is my truth. We have a great time, recording in the studio.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
I think the biggest obstacle that we all face, is getting heard and seen. Also, having a good budget is also essential. I know that with my music, I want to make difference. So, I try to find different avenues to get my music out to the public.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I don't have one person in particular. I do love the artists that speak their truth and are not afraid to convey certain messages.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
"I Am" is one of my best songs. It is about being a black woman in America. I did that song in one take. I always convey a lot of emotion, but that particular song was everything I had within me.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I released "Where Do We Go from Here?" on February 14th. I am working on promoting the album and working on a few collaborations.
Tell us where fans can access your music?