About Natalie's Music:
I’ve always struggled to categorize my music. I grew up listening primarily to country, and I have spent a lot of time in Nashville, so country is what I gravitate towards. However, I have also been heavily influenced by the music my parents always played: a lot of classic rock, folk, and even classical.
Today I listen to many different genres and they all influence my writing in some way. When I sit down to write a song I’m never thinking about song style: I just write and let the song decide for itself what it wants to be. There’s usually some combination of country, pop, folk, and rock.
With that said, whatever genre my music may fall into, the songs themselves fall into three categories: secular, charity, and spiritual.
My secular songs are the ones I write most often. They are stories about my life and feelings, relationships and experiences.
The charity songs are each written for a certain organization or cause, and the proceeds from each of these songs benefit a particular foundation, explained below.
My spiritual songs are personal faith-based songs and are kind of like my own prayers in song form. They too are explained below.
Songs for Charity:
“I Think You’re Cool”
I wrote “I Think You’re Cool” after overhearing a few high school girls who were having a conversation about a boy they went to school with. Not only were they making fun of him, but they were also laughing about different things that had been done to him by other students at school and about the fact that he seemed to have no friends. I was extremely upset at what I heard, and the conversation stuck with me.
I ended up writing this song that night. Although I never met the boy and have no idea who he is, this song was written for him and for anyone like him. I wanted to tell him that even though life was hard right now and that he felt alone, that even though he constantly had people telling him he wasn’t good enough, and that even though he felt misunderstood, that someday he’d find people who would accept and love him for exactly who he is. That all of the reasons he was considered “different” would be the exact reasons people love him one day. That he just had to hold on and make it through because things would get better. I wasn’t able to tell him that, so I wrote it in a song.
All of the proceeds from this song benefit various anti-bullying foundations.
Jake’s Song is a song that I wrote for my friend, Jake Wetchler, the night that I found out about his passing. I met Jake in High School and knew right away that he was special. He was one of those people that could always make you smile and always had a light around him. His personality was infectious and he was always fun to be around - I consider myself lucky to have been able to call him my friend.
Jake passed away from Leukemia at age 20; He had beaten Hodgkin’s Lymphoma two years earlier. There is a foundation set up in his name, called the Jake Wetchler Foundation for Innovative Pediatric Cancer Research. All of the proceeds from Jake’s Song will be going to this foundation to help honor Jake and to aid in the fight against cancer.
To learn more about Jake and this foundation, or to give a donation, please visit this site:
Jake's Song is included on my CD, A Dangerous Thing, but can be purchased as a single.
“One Day Closer”
One Day Closer is a song that was inspired by the youngest sibling of one of my closest friends. She has been living with type 1 diabetes since she was two years old and for years I've heard about and seen the struggles that both her and her family go through day in and day out. When I began to educate myself on diabetes, I was ashamed at how little I knew. It is a disease that I had heard about my whole life from the friends and even family members that were diagnosed, but I had still never taken the time to actually learn what it was or how difficult it truly is.
I realized through further research that I was not alone in my ignorance; diabetes is a disease that is widely misunderstood throughout the world. So, with the help of the South Jersey JDRF Youth Ambassadors (who also were gracious enough to sing on the song with me), we created a music video for the song in the hopes of educating people and spreading awareness. The video can be seen below, and the song can be purchased from iTunes using the link above the video. All proceeds benefit JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). www.jdrf.org
I am a songwriter, regardless of genre.
I write about what I feel, what I experience, and about the people, things, and events that move me. With that said, it makes sense that I would write about God.
My faith is one of the biggest and most important parts of my life. It saved me when I was in a place of desperation and it has served as a constant source of hope amidst the challenges and obstacles that life has thrown my way. To separate two of the things that have made me who I am, faith and music, would be both unnatural and impossible.
I hate the idea of having to chose one genre and, ultimately, one "label". I write secular songs and I write Christian songs, but neither define me. Rather, I choose to be defined by what I truly am: a songwriter. A songwriter that writes about life and love, whether that love be romantic, familial, platonic, or Divine.
If you enjoy my secular songs but are not a fan of my Christian songs, I am not offended. And if you are a fan of my Christian songs and not my secular songs, I am not offended. Both represent strong and equal facets of my personality, and both are meant to touch and reach people in different ways.
Whether it be secular or spiritual, my music has helped me heal, and I can only hope that it helps others heal as well.
Lyric videos for my spiritual songs:
"Fight For You"
"God Is Love"
"The Water's Rising Up"
"Ask Me To Dance"
"Just The Way You Are"