Updated: Jul 26, 2019
Natalie Jean is an award winning, multi-nominated singer-songwriter and performer. She is also a Voting Member in the Recording Academy (GRAMMYS). A versatile performer and singer, she sings and writes many genres ( Jazz Pop, R&B, Blues, and Dance) and can also sing in French, Spanish, English, and Creole. Natalie has released five albums and five music videos thus far. She has been nominated over 70 times for her music and has won too many awards to list. She received an impressive 10 nominations at the 2018 Josie Music Awards and this year, thus far, she has 4 nominations (Multi-Genre Vocalist and Artist of The Year, Jazz Vocalist of The Year, and Songwriter (Full Body of Work). She is noted by the 2018 KICMA Awards as Entertainer of The Year and by the Global Music Awards for as Best Female Pop Vocalist. She has won awards in the International Music Awards, American Songwriter Awards, and Josie Music Awards, just to name a few.
Natalie Jean is one of the featured artists on BWH Music Group's upcoming album, Keepin' It Country.
What is the name of the song you have on ‘Keepin’ It Country, Vol. One’? "What Would You Do for Love?"
What is the inspiration behind your song? Or what is your song about?"
The song is about asking oneself what would they do in the name of love? Would they sacrifice everything for someone else's happiness and safety. It's about remembering what love is all about.
How did you write your featured song? Or can you describe your songwriting process? I was looking at the tragedies in the world and decided that it was time to write a thought provoking song. At many music conferences that I attend, they are always saying how many artists shy away from politics. Back in the 60's, artists used to write protest songs all the time. At the conferences, they encourage artists to do so. It is needed.
If you could share the stage with one Country artist, who would it be?! I would have to say Billy Ray Cyrus. It's because he is a good businessman and he is not afraid to try something new. His song with Lil Nas X, has done very well. Billy Ray Cyrus didn't care about any backlash, but so a great opportunity.
Who are what has inspired you the most I your music career? I love Nina Simone, Celine Dion, and Freddy Mercury. Nina Simone commanded the stage and demanded that you watch her perform. Celine Dion conveys every emotion in her music. Freddy Mercury created his own genre and was true to his own personal identity as an artist.
How did you first get introduced to Country music? Or what made you decide to pursue Country music? I decided to pursue Country music, because it plays well with Americana music. I write for many genres and find that it fits how and where I want my music to go.
Of the songs you have written, which one was the most challenging to write and why? I would have to say songs from my Haitian Creole album, called Haiti Mwen Renmenw (Haiti I love you). Each song was difficult, because I wrote them in English, and then translated them to Haitian Creole. It is not a direct translation. You need to figure out all the words that mean the same. It took a while.
Where do you live and how is the Country music scene there!? I live in Maryland. I would say that Maryland does not have a huge Country scene. I would say that it more geared to Blues, Americana, and Jazz.
So, what’s coming up in the future? I am working on a new album. I have a ton of collaborations.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
Along with Natalie Jean's Song “ What Would You Do for Love? ,” BWH Music Group’s Keepin' It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, will host an eclectic mix of 17 songs today's best Independent Country Artists and Songwriters. Stayed tuned for the release of Keepin It Country, Vol. One, by Various Artists, just in time for Labor Day, 2019! The album will be released worldwide on CdBaby and available on all major digital outlets.
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