Natalie Jean is a Haitian singer/songwriter that specializes in Americana music. She can sing in English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Natalie Jean has been nominated for and won many awards for her music including 6 nominations at the 2021 Josie Music Awards, in which she won “World Artist of The Year”. She has also won two gold medals at the Global Music Awards. Most recently, she is a winner in the Mongtomery County, MD 2022 Girl Power Contest for her song "We Rise". Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting for her song “I Told You No” in the Great American Songwriting Contest in the Adult Contemporary Category and a Silver Medal in the 2021 Global Music Awards for Female Vocalist. Natalie is a voting member in the Recording Academy, the organization that hosts the Grammys each year. Also, she is Grammy balloted.
Natalie does not follow any guidelines or rules when she writes her music. She utilizes a vast array of genres when writing, trying to break down the barriers that usually constrict Americana musicians. She stays true to herself writing and singing from her heart and soul, trying to create music that makes a difference, music that people can take to heart and feel connected to.
Some of Natalie Jean’s biggest musical influences are Elvis Presley, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.
Natalie released her first of six albums in 2013, a jazz/pop album titled Obsession, and her latest album was released in February 2020 titled, Where Do We Go From Here? Which features the emotional track “I Am.” Natalie Jean’s voice is paired beautifully with a wonderful guitar melody. She delivers a very passionate ballad that provides listeners with a vulnerable look into her life. It is a perfect example of Jean’s songwriting abilities and shows why she has been nominated for so many awards in her career and why she has won so many of those awards.
Can you tell us how you've transformed from the beginning to now as an artist?
I am a way better singer than when I started and I know who I am as an artist. I know what my purpose is when it comes to music. I need to be an effective player in life. My music is here to make a difference in the world.
How did you come up with your latest project?
"Blocked" is about how people block people out of their lives through social media. The past couple of years have been difficult and I noticed that some people couldn't agree to disagree, so I wrote a song about how people needed to block people to have peace in their lives.
Where are you from originally?
My parents are from Haiti, but I was born in the USA.
Where do you live now?
I live in Kensington, MD.
Do you think where you live impacts how your music is made?
No, not really. I have an awesome producer, Alexi Von Guggenberg. I create whatever I want. How I want. I don't believe in limitations. If I am writing for someone else or a show, that is a totally different story. I have to write the way they want the song to sound.
What was the inspiration to make music your career?
I was inspired to make music because of my parents. I was writing spiritual poetry and they decided that I should turn them into songs. I would later learn that music is my saving grace.
How do you want to shape your career?
I want to make a difference in the world. I want to write about what people are going through, what I am going through. It's not about fame, but more about having a purpose.
Do you work on a tight timeline always or do you go with the flow when it comes to your music?
I go with the flow. I have to be moved to write.
How did your latest title of your music come to be?
Looking at the world and noticing how ignorant some people can be. Sometimes, you have to remove the negative presence and walk away.
Is it hard to let go of the music when it is done?
I don't believe that music has an expiration date. I believe that is false. So many songs from the 70's and 80's are coming back. I don't believe you have to let go.
Do you feel an emotional attachment with your music?
I do feel an emotional attachment to my music. Most of it is based on my life, something that I've been through. My songs are very special to me.
How would you describe your music in one word to someone who hasn't listened to it yet?
Where do they go to listen NOW?
On all streaming platforms
What has been the best fan reaction to your music?
It was for my song "I Told You No". I was told that the song and the album "Where Do We Go From Here?" was my greatest work.
Is there anything exciting coming up for you?
I am working on marketing and promoting my two new remixes, "I'm Done Remix" and "Authentically Me Remix" and SIM-JAM will be part of the JMA Fest.
Are you performing the song anywhere LIVE?
No. I have not performed it live anywhere yet.
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