'Right Here, Right Now ... It's Play Time!'
Like Madonna, that other only-one-name-needed multi-talented multi-tasker who conquered so many facets of our pop culture, San Francisco based pop-r&b singer/songwriter Natalise—whose debut single “Get Me Off,” is currently exploding at radio stations across the country—is ready to take over with an irresistible combination of brains, beauty and talent. The title of her critically acclaimed debut album says it all to a play it safe music industry ready to be revolutionized: I Came To Play.
Every medium from radio to cable TV to the advertising industry is catching on to the growing phenomenon of Natalise. I Came To Play is already charting in DJ Times, and DJs from all over are grooving to the enthusiastic listener response. “Get Me Off' is a bonafide hit! Such a sexy record! We love it!” exclaims Allen Jeffrey, Director, For The Record, an NYC Record Pool. KDON radio jock Showbiz says, “This right here is mad fire! It's off the hook!”
In August, Blender.com chose the steamy video for “Get Me Off” as ‘Video of the Day.' Dodge will be using the track for their national promotion campaign to reintroduce the all-new Dodge Charger. Across the Bay in Oakland , Natalise recently kicked off the And1/Mountain Dew Mixtape Tour in conjunction with And1, ESPN's street basketball reality show.
Chatting recently with Natalise, I first wondered at what point was she made aware that her song 'Get Me Off' was going to be used by Dodge to re-introduce the Charger in their TV ads? "Dodge told me that they would use the song, maybe about two months ago :) I was, and am totally excited about that!"
And how does that make you feel each time you hear your song on TV between the shows that perhaps you and your family are busy watching at the time?! "It's awesome! It never gets old!"
Growing up in San Francisco, what are your earliest memories of wanting to make music your career? "I've always wanted to sing and play, but maybe the first time I thought of music as a career was after I watched Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" video."
During those early years, everyone takes risks ... but what has been the biggest risk that you have undertaken thus far to get where you are today? "The biggest risk I've taken is leaving a previous label that I was working with and starting my own :)"
Your vocal tones vary in range, but which is the one that you truly feel more at home with as a reflection of the true you ...? "Hmm ... that's a hard question. I think it depends on my mood. But, I have to say that I'm a ballad person and will always be a ballad person; my favorite artist is Brian McKnight! So I would have to say I feel most at home when I'm singing a ballad and playing piano."
... and based on that theory, which song on your new debut CD encapsulates that persona? "Interesting transition ;) Well I would have to choose two songs. I think that 'Get Me Off' and 'Enough' encapsulate the essence of "me" the most. I know that doesn't answer your question directly, but these are my two favorite songs on the album because they reflect my personality the most. They are two very truthful extremities of who I am."
Why did you choose I Came To Play as your debut album title? "I chose 'I CAME TO PLAY' as the title because it can be interpreted differently, all of which fit: 1) "I Came to Play," as in I came to perform, 2) "I Came to Play," as in I came to have some FUN!, and lastly 3) "I Came to Play," as in I came to do my thing and I'm planning to stay in this industry for a very long time! :)"
Away from music, what do you do given a free weekend? "I go out with my friends, hang out at coffee places, watch movies, go to a club, watch TV, etc. I basically just try to veg out :) If I'm feeling adventurous I like to go out of town to a place where I basically do the same thing ;)"
Tell me more about your first 'music' paycheck and what you spent it on?! "I love to travel, so I spent it on a trip away with my friends! :)"
What cheesy '80s song would you love to cover if asked ... and why?! "Hahahaha ... I love the song 'It Must Have Been Love' by Roxette, which was in 'PRETTY WOMAN.' I still love that movie!"
If you were asked to record a single for charity, and had to choose 3 other KNOWN musicians to aid you in the project, who would they be, what instruments would they play, and what would the name of the NEW song be?! "Brian McKnight (keys and vocals), John Mayer (guitar), Pharrell Williams (Drums) ... and the song would be called ... 'Live'."
If there were just 3 words that described Natalise, what would they be ... and is Natalise your real birth name?! "Hmm ... well ideally I would love for people to say that I am Passionate, Persistent, and Charming ;) ... and Natalise was my real middle name, that I now use as my first name :)"
Finally, I like Penguins, ... do you?! "Yeah, I think they're cute. I want to see the 'MARCH OF THE PENGUINS' :)"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
If you would like to win either an AUTOGRAPHED copy of Natalise's brand new CD, just answer this easy question: Natalise used her winnings from an essay competition to fund her first professionally recorded song ... but what was the name of that song that became a nationwide radio hit landing on several highly successful compilations?!
Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win one of these great new CDs! Just send us an e:mail here before November 7th with your answer and the subject title 'NATALISE SIGNED CDs' to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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