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Hailing from humble origins, which helped furnish the soul and the mahogany tones of this unique vocalist, Natasha has been immersed, active and successful in the music industry for some time now.
Although having started to sing at an early age, it was performing arts that was her first passion, she trained in ballet/tap/jazz dance and singing never became a priority until she discovered she had a voice, a powerful, almost precocious one that defied her tender age.
Throughout her life she was surrounded by all genres of music, from reggae and jazz to blues and funk. With a DJ as a father and a soul insane older sister, she really had little choice and she soon became familiar with every rare groove and soul track well before her years.
At the age of sixteen Natasha teamed up with Roame Lowrey (percussionist with Maze and Frankie Beverley) and he took Natasha under his wing and across the Atlantic to experience recording and help nurture and develop her talent as a young recording artist. Whilst in the States Natasha worked in a stage musical and performed with Kirk Franklyn and the Family. Although this was the embryonic stages of her career, it transpired to be fruitful period in both her talent and development and the inspiration she received from her then musical peers coaxed her down different musical avenues, discovering a new found love for gospel and organic R&B. Natasha’s stay in the United States coincided with the arrival of her son Taylor and subsequently music for once had to take a back seat….but this was far from end of her musical expedition!
Having always credited her mother, Sandra as her inspiration and in 2008 the woman who moulded Natasha’s soul and direction, passes away. Yet, through this distressing and heart-breaking period, comes the life affirming ‘Time to Shine’, to this day, still Natasha’s favourite number due to the deeply personal resonance behind it.
Natasha exploded on to the UK soul scene with her explosive voice with ‘Show Me’ after her first collaboration with Cool Million – featured on the Cool Million III album, which was rapidly followed up with the summer smash of 2012 ‘Back 2 U’ with producer Ric Atari – available on the Soul Seed Vol 1 album, supported with a sleek promo to match the silky tones.
The last few years have seen Natasha in demand more than ever for her vocal talents and vivacious on stage presence and many well-respected producers have elicited her formidable talents as well as various fellow contemporary songwriters (Natasha has a publishing deal with Kinetic Music) and bands from Papa Records, Reel People, Bugz in the attic’s Kaidi Tathum, SpeeNatasha Watts – 2dometer on Freestyle Records, various tracks on Purple Nervous, Barcoda and most recently as the main vocalist on a forthcoming Yam Who? EP on the cutting edge record label ISM Records. There have also been gigs at huge events around the world, including IPM, Southport, Amalfi Conference, Moscow, Croatia and Miami for Natasha, whose fast becoming the brightest (and busiest!) UK soul star.
2012/13 were and are equally busy for Natasha when she supported the legendary Betty Wright at various gigs all over the country from Blackpool Soul to the Southport Weekender among many others. It was Natasha’s second consecutive appearance at the Southport Weekender too, something of a rarity for an artist. There are also future collaborations in the pipeline of house music with some of the biggest names including Josh Milan, Kerri Chandler, Dawn Tallman Manoo, Black Coffee and Tribe Tony Humphries Music as well as Remi – aka Neil Pearce, Ziggy Funk, a duet with Lifford and also Mark Evans and Michelle Weeks
In September 2013 ….. Natasha was nominated for The best new soul act Soulsurvivors magazine …. Natasha won by a clear mile ………. This was voted for by the public and is a clear indication of how much she is loved ! This was to be the starting point for all of Natasha’s dreams to start coming true!
February 2014 saw the much anticipated release of Natasha’s first solo album , This was met with amazing support from the Uk and far beyond, With 3 number 1’s off the album and countless radio stations supporting the tracks including Jazz FM making the album ( album of the week) !
Natasha has been able to tour and P.A the tracks all over the world, Two sell out shows at the Jazz cafe London performances at The Montreux Jazz festival Switzerland and lastly touring the Uk with the Empress of Soul Ms Glady’s Knight completing 7 shows to over 30,000 people including The Royal Albert Hall London !
Natasha is in the last stages of completing her follow up album due for release April 2016 , Natasha has gone back to Germany and the Sedsoul Label with Rob Hardt producing the new album , Early indications are that this album will be another belter with Natasha writing all her song again and working with a couple of her favourite Uk artists to add a slightly different sound than before, watch this space for more info .
2016 looks set to be another bomb, Natasha is also doing her first Uk solo tour from London to Manchester Newcastle and Birmingham … So be sure to catch her at a venue close by soon.
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