“All the money in the world, can’t buy my love
Investment banker-turned-singer-songwriter started learning piano since she was three and won a national song writing competition when she was 15. What amazed us was not only her academic excellence
(she graduated from the London School of Economics! ); it was the diversity in her portfolio that definitely wowed us! She was Starbucks’ featured artist in June and July 2012, Marie Digby’s opening act and the lyricist for the multi-million dollar magic spectacular Incanto!
She seems different from the typical Singaporean in the constant rat race; a little nonchalant about her academic achievements and giving up a job that others will kill for.
“I wasn’t happy working for the investment bank, first of all, it didn’t suit my personality,” Natalie explains, when asked about her jump to music.
“I had this passion for music and felt stifled not being able to express my creativity and individuality.”
After two years of work in the bank in London, she was back in Singapore starting out her career in music.
Natalie describes her music as acoustic-pop and is influenced by singer-songwriters like Marie Digby, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan and so on. Opening for Marie Digby was a huge deal for her as she even picked up guitar through learning her songs.
Natalie writes her own songs like Go Fly A Kite which was about her stint in the investment bank.
“Some people say your songs are like your babies; every song is a part of me,” Natalie explains.
“My favourite right now is called Unravelling which is about leaving all the heartbreak behind and daring to love again,”
On her EP "Beautiful Mess"
Her new EP features five songs - Time Of Our Lives, an upbeat pop song about wanting to stay young forever, to the title track, Beautiful Mess; which reminds us to embrace our own lives, no matter how messy or crazy our lives can get.
The album launch will be held on 17 March 2013, Sunday, 5pm at Hood Bar and Cafe at Bugis +.
Before we end the article, here is some advice from Natalie to inspiring musicians.
“Persevere, keep working to improve your craft, find a good mentor and also believe in yourself!”
We hope you are inspired.