Natalie Jean - 10 Questions Music Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Natalie Jean's song, "I Am" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Social Justice song. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I started out by writing poetry. This was an outlet for me to express many things that was going on in my life. My parents suggested that I turn some of those poems into a demo. This is how it all began.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? The craziest thing that has happened to me in my music career is meeting Shermar Moore in LA during Grammy week.
What has been the high point of your music path?
My highest point has been releasing my latest album "Where Do We Go From Here?". I put my heart and soul into that album.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? I will usually think of a theme. I start out by writing the chorus and work around it. From that point, I come up with a melody.
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 Indie Artists today is being able to be seen and heard. Most radio stations want to play music by mainstream artists. Magazines, blogs, reviewers want to follow mainstream/popular artists...It is unfair. We literally have to go and do something so outrageous to be noticed. It shouldn't be that way.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Living it would be Celine Dion, because I love the way she expresses all of her emotions. The other would have been Nina Simone. She was fierce and commanded the stage. She was a force. She is a powerhouse.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show? I usually rehearse with my band for a couple hours one day before a show.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
I Am. I wanted to write a song about racism, but do it in a different way. So, it was a challenge for me to get the right message out. So, I decided to go with how I was feeling in regards to 2020.
What's coming up in the future?
I am working on some collaborations. I am working on a new album. I am re releasing "I Am" with a lyric video.
Tell us where fans can access your music?