Hailing from California, country newcomer Natalie Alexander is here to make her mark on the music industry with her versatile songs that evoke a range of emotion. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Natalie recently released her self-titled EP and is seeing its current single, “Cruel" connect with country listeners. Via email, Natalie kindly took the time to discuss her roots, the EP, and more.
Before we dive into the song, can you give a little background as to when you began having an interest in music and knew you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I've been involved with music my whole life. My mom is a classically trained vocalist and my brothers are talented musicians as well. Piano was a huge part of my life, I began playing when I was 8 and really fell in love with it. When my brothers' band was developing I became involved in managing it that was really my introduction to the industry. There came a point when I decided I wanted to start creating my own music and so I began working on my own projects privately which culminated into the release of my first single "Cruel" in June, followed my EP that was released a month later.
Do you have any musical influences or inspirations?
I've always listed Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as my greatest influences and that definitely remains true today but there are some new artists who I really admire, especially Maren Morris. She really came out and took the industry by storm. Her sound is so unique in how it incorporates elements of both old and new country music. I can see myself experimenting with certain parts of her style in the future because she is such an inspiration to me. She's incredibly bold in my opinion. It's great!
Why did you gravitate to Country music in particular?
I've always loved country music, I would listen to it every day on the way to school. When deciding to enter that market specifically, it was an easy choice not only because it's what I'm passionate about but because it fits my voice and my sound really well. I also love the country music community so that was definitely a factor that influenced my decision.
Your current single, “Cruel,” is part of your recently released EP which contains four tracks that include up-tempo tunes and ballads. Did you write "Cruel" and if so, can you relay the story behind the song? If not, what drew you to record the song?
I didn't write "Cruel" but it tells a story that I was so familiar with I knew I could do it justice. I was drawn to its relatability and catchy melody. The second I heard it I knew I wanted to record it. What I love most about it is that the message isn't just about a bad relationship, but about the effect of being treated badly. People tend to bring baggage from their last relationship and hurt others the way they've been hurt themselves. That cycle is what I could relate to in the song and it's message was something I wanted to communicate to my fans.
Another track, “I Don’t Want To Catch My Breath” debuted on the Billboard Charts which is quite an accomplishment! Do you have any other goals you set for yourself either short or long term?
My next goal with that song is to perform it! I'm so excited about that song in particular because I get to perform it live on the piano and I think that will be a really intimate experience for me and my audience. I'm really looking forward to it.
Have you been able to perform these songs out and if so where can fans catch you live?
I'll be announcing performances once definitive dates have been set. I'm currently based in Los Angeles but I'm open to performing all over! I've been contacted by fans in states like Kansas, Texas, and Kentucky, so I'd love an opportunity to perform for them in that area of the country.
What are your professional plans for the Fall?
I'm writing a lot and getting ready to start performing my EP. I'm really excited for people to be able to experience my music live and share in that with me! I'm so passionate about what I've created thus far and I can't wait to see what comes next for me as an artist.
Finally, is there one recent release, any genre, that you cannot stop listening to and recommend others check out?
I'm obsessed with "Dead" by Madison Beer. I sing it all day. In the shower, in the car, you name it! My roommates are probably wanting me to move on and be singing something else but I just can't get over it! I'd love to work with her, I think she's so talented.
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