Natalie Brown, R&B; Singer and Songwriter is tops in her musical realm!!!
GOM: I have listened to many of your songs and I sure enjoy them. How did that CD come about and where did you record the songs?
Natalie Brown: I’m glad you enjoy the music J ‘Let The Candle Burn’ was recorded in San Francisco, CA during 1999 and 2000. The CD actually came about after I had signed a deal with a San Rafael based Indie label. Unfortunately, they were not able to meet their financial obligations to my project and did not complete or release the CD. Not all was lost, though. I was very blessed to have met and worked with Jeremy Rwakaara through this Indie Label and he believed in me and my music so much that he revitalized the release by starting his own label and completing and releasing my project on his label (Identity Music Group, Inc., formerly Identity Records). That whole process was quite a roller-coaster ride and I learned many valuable lessons from all I experienced.
GOM: What is your musical background?
Natalie Brown: I come from a family of fairly musical/artistic people; so much of what I do comes from natural instinct. My formal training includes some College music theory, piano and music history study and also private vocal training with Dave Stroud and Seth Riggs. Other than that, I’ve pretty much been schooled by getting out there and doing shows, writing songs, recording and general practical study. I think that formal music education is useful, but it’s the ‘real world’ experience that has taught me about the music business and commercial songwriting. I closely follow what is going on in the music industry. I made it a point at the beginning of my career to learn all that I could about the nitty-gritty aspects of the music business, things like copyright, the hard-core business end of things, generally things that a lot of budding artists want to skip over ;). My education has been a lifesaver in many regards. A developing career is a delicate balance of business and art and I really take time to put my entire effort into both of those aspects of my career.
GOM: How long have you been singing and playing your instrument or instruments?
Natalie Brown: I’ve been singing since I dared to come out of the womb! I started writing songs about 7 years ago. I wouldn’t call myself a master of the piano, but I tinker enough to write the basic structure of my songs and I’ve been doing that for the last 5 years. I consider my voice my main instrument and refining my natural abilities is a life long journey of improvement and discovery.
GOM: Did you take lessons or go to Music College?
Natalie Brown: I attended Capilano College in North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) and then DeAnza College in Cupertino, CA (USA) and studied Vocal Jazz and Music Theory. I also trained with Dave Stroud and Seth Riggs studying the Speech Level Singing Method under their tutelage.
GOM: Which genre of music you feel more comfortable with?
Natalie Brown: I’m comfortable singing most genres of music, but naturally I lean towards the Soul, R&B;, and Pop genres. For me, these are the genres that allow me the most creative freedom with my vocals and songwriting.
GOM: Which one of your songs do you regard as you personal favorite and why?
Natalie Brown: It’s really hard to pick a favorite song. I really put a lot into my songwriting, so each song is special to me. Some are more sentimental or emotion-triggering for me than others, but each one is like a child, so it’s really hard for me to pick just one. Having said that, if I had to pick a favorite right now it would be a song called “Queen of Me”. It’s a song that will be on my new album ‘Polyphony’ (coming in 2004). The song is about personal empowerment and I am so encouraged by the lyric, not to mention that Jeremy came up with a fabulous groove. The song keeps running around in my head and it’s even been fuel for me to keep pushing and doing what I feel is right for me in my life on both personal and professional levels. I really hope that others will be encouraged by it when it’s released.
Samples of Natalie’s music on official website http://www.natalie-brown.com Songs can also be sampled and downloaded at http://www.artistlaunch.com/nataliebrown and http://natalie.dmusic.com CDs can be purchased at website: http://www.natalie-brown.com