Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer/songwriter and performer whose songs have garnished her over 60 award nominations. She sings many genres including Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues and Dance in the multiple languages including French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie has performed at the following venues in the MD/DC area, French Embassy, Takoma Station, Ebenezers Coffeehouse, Twins Jazz, Mad Momos and the Pinch. She has performed at the Cherry Blossom Festival, The Black Fox Lounge, Bistrot Lepic, Sofitel Hotel, Cafe Zed Tree House Lounge, Mr. Henry’s, Blackwall Hitch, and The Urban Winery. She also appeared on WPFW, a Jazz station in Washington DC. Natalie Jean was the Gold Medal Winner in the 2017 Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist for her song “L’Amour a L’Infini. She has released four albums thus far. The first released in 2013 a pop/jazz album, called “Obsession,” second released in 2014, a Jazz album called “Natalie Jean,” and a French Pop/Dance album called “Lecons D’Amour,” released in 2015. Her 4th album “Unafraid,” was released on July 8th, 2016. Her new album “Haiti Mwen Renmenw” was released on July 14th, 2017.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My journey has been king of strange. Growing up, I wanted to become a dancer. I ended up getting a BA in Communications and have worked in many industries. But, I have always had yearning to do something with music. As a young child, my father, Guy R. Jean, who is a famous Haitian singer, you used to sing to me all the time. I think that stayed with me. Many moons, later I decided that it was time to give into the yearning of doing something in the music industry. I started out by writing poetry and then everything fell into place.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
t's really strange!! I've never really had anything will crazy happen. The wildest thing, is being recognized on the streets. What has been the high point of your music path? My high point would be my most recent win in the Global Music Awards for Female Pop Vocalist. I won the Gold medal. I had to look at the website several times over to see if it was true. There it was. So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? My songs are usually written from life experiences. Sometimes, I will go for a walk and look at my surroundings for ideas. My albums have been about relationships, the up and downs, the excitement. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? The biggest challenge facing the artists today are the streaming services. Specifically, Indie artists are not making money off of these service. If they do, it is usually 3 cents per song. They are putting out more than they are receiving. I have a monthly plan with Apple Music and Spotify, and to be honest it is great to be able to listen to as many songs that I want. But as an artist, it is horrifying that no one is really buying any music anymore. The consumer wont even pay 99 cents for a song. It is really sad. If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? I would love to have been able to share the stage with Nina Simone. She had an amazing presence. She commanded tmeet with the band for a couple of hours, a week before a show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
"Marabou" - from my latest album "Haiti Mwen Renmenw." I first wrote the song in English and then had to translate it to Haitian Creole. This is a difficult task, because it is not a literal translation. There are so many different nuances of how to say something in Haitian Creole.he stage and her creativity was out of this world. What's coming up in the future?
I am focusing on marketing my new album. I will be going to New York August 28 to perform at the Bitter End for the Indie Collaborative. I will also be in Nashville, September 17th for the Josie Music Awards. I received 6 nominations.
Where can fans access your music?