Authenticity is one of those indefinable traits that many artists search and pursue, but never quite find. You can’t build authenticity into a song through a particular gathering of words and phrases; you can’t swagger, pine or shout your way there. It just happens when you put yourself out there, daring people to listen, asking the audience to believe whatever your stories are trying to communicate. It’s an achievement that award winning, multi-nominated singer-songwriter, and Grammy voting member, Natalie Jean manages by never over singing, by using lyrical poetry that sounds like it exists now, as well as in a time before us. And by offering melodies that everyone can sing. This is where she finds her own authenticity: she can sound like everyone, but nobody quite sounds like her.
Natalie Jean has the voice, the attitude, and the way with a melody that could have her riding the charts with piles of pop-crossover potential for years and years to come. If you manage to get through this winter and the Christmas season, without having her latest single “All I Want” permanently engraved in your brain, it’s probably because you already have it tattooed all over your heart. The song is emotionally driven, romance-centric, and attuned to the festive season, where desire and endowment usually meet.
Part of Natalie’s appeal is that she can play the vulnerable girl in love, and the confidently beautiful songstress all in the same breath. Even better still, she knows her musical mode – a mashup of soulful sounds from over the decades, with a modern mindset.
She definitely knows her audience, and offers up a perspective of love, fidelity and relationships in a particularly tender time of the year. Natalie proves that there’s still some space for a tasteful earworm in-between a mass, of here today, gone tomorrow, trap-based bangers.
There’s really two musical narratives at play throughout “All I Want” – one unfolds in a reflective, traditional classic soul mold, and then there’s the other that endeavors to keep up with today’s young audiences in mind.
You need a timeless voice to pull a feat like that off, like Natalie Jean has been blessed with. She is a confident performer who can tackle tempos and moods with much aplomb. Mainstream music is being made over, as artists like Natalie craft songs that don’t fit neatly into only one single genre.
This transformation has been liberating, allowing artists like Natalie Jean to sculpt an all-embracing identity without fitting a specific or predetermined mold. On “All I Want” she reflects the track’s vibrancy and goodwill, showing off her growth as a vocalist with the control she has during her runs and shifts in pitch.
The authentic appeal of Natalie Jean’s music is that she makes it clear that she resonates with the things she narrates in the lyrics. And Natalie sounds good doing it, illustrating that the song is not just a moment to desire and cherish, but a sign of what is to come for her.
“All I Want” is officially released on November 16th. Follow the link HERE to stream and purchase.