Natalie Jean is an award winning and multi-nominated Jazz singer songwriter performer. Although her main genre is Jazz, she also writes and performs Rap, Country, Pop, R&B and metal. She can also sing in French, Spanish, and Creole, making her a distinguished artist from the rest in her genre. We caught up with Natalie and asked her a few questions about her musical past and her upcoming ventures. Enjoy.
Entertwine: Could you tell us about your musical background? What (or who) encouraged you to begin singing and writing poetry and lyrics in the first place?
Natalie Jean: My father who is a Haitian singer used to sing to me at home all the time. I loved to listen to him sing. We also used to listen to Elvis Presley. I have seen all of his movies. I started writing poetry, because it was a great way to express myself. Throughout my childhood and adulthood, I have gone through so much and I am able to bring out how I feel through music and writing. It moves me and knowing that it will help others express themselves, brings me joy. It has become a true passion of mine.
ET: What life experiences and events led to the writing and recording of your latest album “Obsession”?
NJ: There was a time where I as obsessed with finding the right person, the perfect soulmate. These songs allowed me to express how I was feeling at the time. Wanting love, never feeling loved. I’ve been in relationships where I have given so much, and not gotten anything in return. I give from my soul. I had to take some responsibility in the fact that I was doing too much, and not allowing others to do the same for me. But there were times when I expressed my needs and still got nothing in return. Obsession expresses all of this.
ET: You currently reside in Kensington, MD, correct? What does the Washington DC area music scene mean to you? What are a few of your favorite venues to hear live music or perform at?
NJ: I love the Washington DC music scene. It is a melting pot of diverse music genres. I love to Twins Jazz. They have extremely talented bands that come and play.
ET: In addition to English, you also speak French, Spanish, and Creole; how does this diversify you further musically?
NJ: I can sing in all of those languages as well, and I think that sets me apart from everyone. I can have others relate to my music in many different languages. Not many people can do that. Diversity is key.
ET: What do the remaining months of 2014 hold in store for Natalie Jean? Do you have any live performances scheduled so far? Do you plan to record new music in the next few months?
NJ: I have many gigs lined up. I will be performing at Penn Social for the RAW Allure Showcase on August 24, 2014 –http://rawartists.org/nataliejean, Café Mezzanote on August 16th, September 12 –CD Release Party – The Black Fox Lounge, Bistrot Lepic – September 24, The Black Fox Lounge – September 26, October 2 –Twins Jazz, Bistrot Lepic – October 22, The Black Fox Lounge – October 31, and November 28 – The Black Fox Lounge.
I have also released a new Jazz Album called “Natalie Jean” which is now available on Itunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/natalie-jean/id907523576