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She's been melting hearts for years as a dancer for the Houston Rockets but it has only been within the last few years that she has really found her groove - music. Her sophomore album,Everything New (Universal Republic), hit stores everywhere September 19th.



Featured Artist: Natalie

Born: 09-02-1979 
Label: LATIUM Records


She's been melting hearts for years as a dancer for the Houston Rockets but it has only been within the last few years that she has really found her groove - music. Her sophomore album,Everything New

(Universal Republic), hit stores everywhere September 19th.


Coming off of her first hit single "Goin Crazy", Natalie looks to bring a sexier, more mature sound to her music. A freestyle rapper by nature, Natalie incorporates that within her music, delivering a raw emotion most other artists lack. The lead single off of Everything New was produced by the highly sought after duo, Play N Skillz. You would better recognize them by the sound they produce - just listen to Chamillionaire's "Ridin'," it is unmistakable. 


Natalie abandoned her plans of moving to Los Angeles to become a choreographer after it was apparent the underground following she developed through her freestylin' rap talents lead to signing on with her management company, LATIUM Records.


Her songs are personal and emotional, she sings like a songbird and Jordan was lucky enough to have a chat with this beautiful pop diva in the making. 


First off, tell me a little about yourself for those who may not know much about you. 

I am 27 years old from Houston, TX.  I was an NBA dancer for 7 seasons and that ended in 2005. I started off in the local music scene as a freestyle rapper and everyone said I was good.  So I started with mix tapes and from there I just went into singing. 

How would you describe your sound? 

My sound is somewhat different.  Every artist says that, but coming from my background of freestyle rapping, I am able to write differently.  When I go into the studio, it’s very natural and it comes across in the music.  People can feel my emotion in my music and it’s very relatable in the music.  I like to fill up a lot of the space, I don’t like to leave a track empty. 

When did you discover your passion for singing? 

Looking back, I was always singing and dancing when I was younger.  But 3 years ago, I was like “Man, this is what I really want to do.  I don’t see myself doing anything else.” So yeah I guess it was about 3 years ago. 

You were a dancer for the Houston Rockets.  What made you follow the singing path instead of continuing with dancing? 

Whatever is meant to happen will happen.  I’m very big on fate.  I thought I would be a big choreographer but I’ve always had music deep inside me.  I feel this is something that was meant for me to do.  I always said I would leave the NBA to pursue my music career so it was cool to have the opportunity to do that. 

Who or what inspires you to make music? 

A lot of different things.  As far as artists, I would say Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Madonna, even young artists like Beyonce.  But real life things that happened to me on a personal level or happened to someone close to me inspire me to write.  If I’m going through something good, bad, happy, or sad, I’m able to write what I feel and not hold back.  Real life inspires me. 

Where were you when you heard your first single on the radio? 

I was actually at a Taco Bell drive-thru in Houston.  Everyone was telling me they had heard my song and it was on a countdown and I was with my younger sister.  It was the best feeling ever to hear it as number 4 on the Top 8 at 8. 

How did you react when you found out “Goin’ Crazy” hit number 1? 

Ooh, sometimes I feel I have to pinch myself.  I can’t believe to this day, a year and a half later, that the song gets played, that it’s still requested.  It was like wow I was able to beat out “Soldier” by Destiny’s Child which is one of my favorite groups.  For awhile it never really hit me until I started going on the road and performing and I was like whoa I’m really doing this and my song is on the charts.  That’s a dream come true. 

Was there a specific story behind “Goin’ Crazy”? 
It’s actually a true story. A couple years back, I was introduced to a guy who lives in Miami.  It was long distance.  There was something about dropping him off at the airport and I was like whoa I felt it in my heart that that was the last time I would see that guy.  I had no time to be with someone with my career yet he literally had me goin’ crazy.  Everyone goes through that so I let my feelings out on the track and here I am. 


Give me a little insight on your writing process for a new record. 

Usually if I get a beat from a producer if nothing comes out immediately I will toss it.  I don’t like to sit with an instrumental and think about what I’m going to say.  I just like to put in a track and just write it and let the track take me where I will go.  It just comes out easier if you let your feelings go.  I let the track take me where it wants to take me. 


What can fans expect from your new album “Everything New” which hits stores September 19? 
Well, it’s a new album, it’s a lot more mature but it’s still relatable. I’m still doing this for my girls but it’s uplifting, high energetic up tempo tracks with a few mid tempo and a ballad.  It’s fun, feel good music. I like music to make all people feel good, and as long as I can touch people and tug at their heart strings, then I’m okay. 

Are you planning a tour to support the new record?  Where can fans expect to see you? 
I’m on the Simon Mall Tour right now with about 4 or 5 shows left and all information can be found on Myspace.  We’re trying to see where the single is going to go but there is a tour in the works and I will probably jump on tour with some of the younger artists who just signed with Latium Entertainment.  But its all still in the works. 


You have an incredibly in-depth online fan site.  How does it feel to have such devoted, passionate fans? 
It’s crazy, like another blessing, something so unexplainable. If I get online or read message boards and read what the fans say about me, it’s a blessing if someone says they look up to me or I’m their favorite singer.  I just keep true to my heart so if they feel it, I think they are closer to me, you know? 


Who is your favorite artist you’ve performed with? 
Oh wow there are several.  To share the bill with Brian McKnight and see that after all he’s been through he’s still very down to earth and humble was great.  Pitbull--as far as any rapper he’s very energetic and can get the crowd going.  Chamillionaire--my boy, my label mate. I have learned a lot from him and other guys.  It’s very motivating to watch him. 


What city has the best crowds?   
I have to say Houston but everybody is different.  You can go to the smallest city in Florida or New Jersey and I think if you have devoted fans in any area your crowd will be amazing because they are so excited to see you.  But definitely got to go with my hometown. 

What song do you wish you had written? 
I wish I would have written “Let Me Love You” by Mario.  It’s a big song, a great song. I like to listen to lyrics as a writer and it was straight to the point and I wish I would have written that. 

What is currently in your CD player? 
The newest Justin Timberlake 

What do you like to do when you are not performing or making music? 

I like to relax, I’m a big movie watcher so I like to go to movies.  I’m a girl so I like to go shopping.  But, most importantly, I like to spend time with my family because we are very close 

What kind of advice do you have for young artists out there? 
Believe in yourself so much that it makes others believe in you.  Keep your head up high and always believe in your dreams. 

Anything else you would like to say before we go? 
Thanks to everyone who bought the last album, who’s getting this one.  I wouldn’t be where I am without my fans so thank you and check out my Myspace.



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