Natalie Jean - Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are he Music Makers.' Natalie Jeans' song, "I Am" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Social Justice song.
What got you into music?
I was going through a lot of personal issues and this was an outlet for me to express those emotions.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love performing. I love singing to an audience and feeling their energy.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
I love working with my producer Alexi Von Guggenberg. He makes it so easy. I come in there with some crazy ideas and he just goes with it.
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?
The obstacles we face are to compete against mainstream artists. If you don't have the budget, it is hard to get noticed the mainstream way. You can still be seen, but it takes way more work.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I admire the artists that speak their truth and are not afraid to stand up for what they believe in.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
I Am. It is a powerful song. It is not long in length. It is direct and to the point. I stand against all types of racist, and I will remain fearless.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
Working on some collaborations and a new album.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
About Natalie Jean
Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/songwriter performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS). Natalie Jean is a versatile performer and singer. She sings and writes for many genres , such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, Blues, World, Rock, Country, Americana, Inspirational, Adult Contemporary, Alternative, and, Dance. She can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Haitian Creole. Natalie Jean is mostly influenced by artists such as Lena Horne, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald. She has performed at many venues in the MD/DC. She also has performed in LA, New York ,Nashville, and North Carolina. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC, and many other stations around the world. She has been nominated over 100 times for her music and has won many awards. She has released six albums, Obsession, Natalie Jean, Lecons D'Amour, Unafraid, Haiti Mwen Renmenw, and Where Do We Go From Here?. She has also released several singles.