By: Kerry Gallagher//
The country music scene can always use a few more ladies to celebrate. Enter: Natalie Alexander. The California native hit the ground running, releasing her debut EP Natalie Alexander last month following its recording last December. We recently got the chance to talk to the country-songbird all about the creative process and what it was like to see her song on the Billboard Charts!
Hey Natalie! We’re so excited to be chatting with you today. For our readers that aren’t familiar with you or your music, tell us a little about how you started.
Music has always been a huge part of my life, but it wasn’t until last year that I really started pursuing it beyond a hobby. I recorded my EP last December and released my debut single “Cruel” in June, followed by my self-titled EP the following month. It’s been such a great experience, I’ve received such positive feedback so I’m really excited for what’s ahead.
I’ve been listening to your EP Natalie Alexander on repeat. I love the journey you take listeners on. What was the creative process like for you?
It was a huge learning experience for me. My producer and I really hit the ground running. It was really important to me that I chose songs for my debut that were relatable and showcased different styles within country that could give people a sampling of what I’m about. So that was really at the front of my mind when deciding what to record. I’m really proud of what we created.
My favorite track off the EP is “Cruel” and that just happens to be your first single. It’s really catchy and upbeat and tells an important story all at once. What was the inspiration behind the song?
That song talks about a bad relationship, where someone who’s been hurt is just continuing the cycle by hurting someone else. It’s not just an angry song about hating a boy – it’s uplifting and powerful and was so fun to record!
If you had to choose, which track from Natalie Alexander is your favorite?
That’s so hard! Like I said, I wanted to give a sampling, so it really depends on what mood I’m in. I love them all but I’d probably say “I Don’t Want to Catch My Breath” because I love being able to play it on the piano and it’s such a sweet love song.
What makes country music one of the greatest musical genres, in my opinion, is the storytelling. Who are some of your favorite storytellers that have inspired you artistically?
Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift are probably two of the most inspirational artists for me, personally. Taylor Swift says it better than anyone, I still to this day listen to songs off her first album like I did in 6th grade. Carrie Underwood has such an incredible voice and uses it so artfully to share such powerful stories, that’s such a unique gift.
There have been some really awesome duets in the country music scene over the past few years. Who would be your dream collaboration partner?
Brett Young! I love his EP. I listen to “Like I Loved You” all the time. I especially like the male-female collaborations so I’d really like to work with him.
“I Don’t Want To Catch My Breath” recently made it’s debut on the Billboard Charts. That has to be such a huge milestone for you! What was that experience like?
I felt so honored! I honestly couldn’t believe it, seeing my name up next to so many established artists was really exciting for me.
What do you want listeners to take away from your EP?
I want them to take away four distinct messages and be able to relate to at least one of them. I loved creating this EP and I hope they love it like I do!
Thanks for talking to us today! Your songs would sound great live and would be a blast to jam out to. Do you have any touring plans in the near future?
Performing is definitely on my agenda in the near future! Be sure to follow me on Instagram @nataliealexandermusic so I can stay connected with you and keep you updated on what I’m doing!
Well, you heard the girl! Go follow her on Instagram and listen to her EP below: