Song number 116.01
Yes (A Love That Lasts)
Redcliffe (Queensland) born singer-songwriter, NATALIE HOWARD divides her time between the Gold Coast Australia and Nashville USA. Before she could walk Natalie was following her mother’s footsteps – literally. On weekends, Natalie would play on the floor at her mother’s feet while her mother played songs for her own pleasure on the keyboard. It wasn’t long before Natalie was pushing the foot pedals with her hands and accompanying her mother. Natalie was introduced to a wide collection of pop and country music through her father’s record collection.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Crystal Gale, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, John Denver, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Olivia Newton-John, Buddy Holly and the Beatles were all favourites in the Howard household and road trips just weren’t complete without Dads compilations of those artists for a sing-along down the highway.
Although music was always in the back of her mind, it was the trade of graphic arts that became her first occupation.A bonus she says when it comes to designing her album covers and other merchandise.
Natalie later took classical and contemporary vocal instruction and music theory and later landed work in local bars, pubs and clubs in cover bands in and around the Brisbane area.
She received a grant through the RADF [Regional Arts Development Fund] in Redcliffe that financed a trip to America to write and record her first demo session. Thus, triggering a snowball effect that got her hooked on song writing. Natalie migrated annually to Nashville to continue building her catalogue of original music and developing her craft for singing and song writing for several years.
Natalie writes from her own experiences from heartache to happiness. Her candid point of view combined with her female perspective makes for straight forward lyrics. “I have always preferred a direct approach over a vague message when it comes to my own music – that’s why I gravitate towards country music as my middle ground so to speak even though my musical background is swamped with a mixture of pop styles as well as more traditional country classics. If it [a song] grabs my attention on more than one level then I love it, no matter what the musical style of the song or artist! It’s the common experience deriving from the heart of the artist that I believe ultimately will seduce and satisfy a wider number of listeners naturally. I’m a huge sucker though for singer songwriters. She says, “at any given moment, you can find music in my CD player from the likes of Keith Urban, Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Eagles and Don Henley, Rod Stewart, Rolling Stones, Tom Petty, Chris Knight, Bono of U2, Aerosmith, Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Patty Griffin, Neil Finn, Kasey Chambers and The Bee Gees….and although she may not have written all of her early material, I do adore Olivia Newton-John, she is the one voice that motivated all that I am today in my music.”
"Co-writing has been such a great gift. I have learned so much and I have been blessed, inspired and encouraged." Some of Natalie's collaborations include: Chas Sandford, Gary Burr, Katy Kiefer, Tim Johnson, Greg Crowe, Paul Taylor, Tony Ramey, Rob Crosby, James Dean Hicks, Ronni Rae Rivers, Jerry Castle, Rya Ehle, Ryan Tyler, Kevin Bennett, Arlis Albritton, Alan Bennett, Brian Maher, Rod McCormack, Dean Miller, Jim McCormick, Tommy Lee James and Terry McBride.
For more information go to: http://www.nataliehoward.net/