Listen to the new song from Natalie Jean – Faithful
Tell us about where you are from and how you got to this position today.
I am from Kensington, MD, born to Haitian parents. My father is a famous Haitian singer and as a child he would sing to me all the time. I love music. As a young adult, I had aspirations to become a dancer or a famous singer. I always loved how music made me feel. It allowed me to express myself in so many ways. When I was living in New York, in my mid 20′s, I created a demo. I tried to shop my demo around, someone in Nashville was interested but I became leery of the music world because there was always some type of gimmick. So, I let it go.
At that time, I was also going through some personal issues. I really needed to find out what I wanted out of life. I really needed to learn to love myself. I started studying with a spiritual group and I became more aware of who I was and what my mission in life was supposed to be. My spirituality gave me a great insight into my passions. I had to truly believe in myself and not care what others thought. I have always been the type who loved to help others and I felt that I could do this through music.
So one day I decided to submit one of my songs to Tate Management Group and a month later they sent me an e-mail indicating that they wanted to work with me. I contacted a cousin of mine that is great at producing beats and he helped with the rest of my songs. It has been a tremendous learning experience. It goes to show you that you can manifest your dream at anytime, as long as you believe in yourself. Not only do I sing, but I was able to give into my passion for dancing. I teach a Zumba class and I love it.
What do you have coming up? What are some of the new projects we can expect to see?
My CD release date is April 23, 2013. It is set for worldwide distribution. So I am having a CD release party on April 25th,2013 at the Nectar Lounge in Silver Spring, MD. One of my songs will be featured on Women of Substance of Radio starting April 1, 2013. I am also currently lining up a few more gigs and making a music video for my song Swept Away.
Tell us more about the current song you are promoting to everyone.
The song Faithful is very special to me. It talks about how we are always looking at time and thinking that things can never get done. As humans we are constantly thinking about everything and not allowing things to flow freely in our lives. We want love and satisfaction in our lives and the reason it never happens is because we just won’t let go. It speaks of my experiences in life. I needed to learn and let go so that my life could move in a positive direction.
How does your music separate yourself from other artists and bands out there?
I like to call my music pop/jazz fusion. Jazz is my favorite type of music to sing. I think the mixture of what I can do with pop and jazz music puts me in category by myself. I believe that I can bring the younger generation over to the jazz side.
Tell us about one of the hardest challenges you had to face in the industry?
One of the biggest challenges is gaining experience. You have to pound the pavement to find the places that will allow you to play your music. Even finding a booking agent can be quite difficult. A lot of people are more concerned about a look than the actual music. They would also like you have more experience before they set you up to sing at their venue.
What was one of the biggest set backs in your career and how did you bounce back?
Completing my current CD was a challenge for me. I had a year to complete it. I am not a person that usually gets sick, but I lost my voice several times. I had to literally sit down one day and say, “Today is the day that I am completing my CD.” I actually used Garage Band to complete one of my demos. I don’t play an instrument either. I believe if you set your mind that you can do it, then it will happen.
What are some things artists need to be careful of?
I think emerging artists need to be careful of the different types of A&R companies that are out there. Artists really need to do their research on the companies that are trying to get their business. You have to definitely be smart about it.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
I would tell an artist to pursue their dream and to stay true to who they are and to their music.
What is one of your favorite ways to promote yourself and your music?
I love to promote my music on www.reverbnation.com. It has a lot of great tools and music. Facebook is also a great way to promote my music.