Natalie Joly is an award winning singer-songwriter from Boston, currently based in the music capital of the world, Nashville TN. With influences ranging from The Beatles and Aerosmith, to Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, Natalie’s music doesn’t quite fit into any one genre. Raised on classic rock, her music is drum and electric guitar heavy, donning harmonies that fill any room, with compelling lyrics relatable to all ages. Natalie is a songwriter, producer and performer, who writes and records her music out of her home studio and has been playing out live since she was 14 years old. She released her first self-titled album at 15, a subsequent album at 17 called “Paint the Picture”, and another EP at 19 years old. Since 2017 she has released her music as singles, having her 2018 song “You Oughta Know” win Song of the Year at the 2019 New England Music Awards. Over the years Natalie has gained a large social media following, with over 52,000 Instagram Followers, over 8,200 Youtube Subscribers. Her Instagram videos have accumulated over 10 million views, and her Youtube channel has reached over 1.5 million lifetime views.
So great to have you for our interview today Natalie. Tell us about your latest single and the impact it's had on your fans so far?
Thanks for having me! My latest single "What Will Be" has really been almost a re-introduction of who I am as an artist. Although it's not too far from my other releases, this was the first song I've released since moving to Nashville and assembling a new production team. I think it's showing my fans how I've grown as an artist over the last year, and giving a bit of a glimpse into where my music is headed.
Do you get more attached to songs over others?
Oh absolutely! I always mentally categorize my songs once I write them, before I even create a full arrangement demo. I feel like I know right off the bat if a song is something I'd consider releasing, if I'd be open to having another artist release it, or if it's something that I may revisit someday but I'm not super into. I feel like I always have at least 10 songs that I would love to release at any given time, it's just the logistics of scheduling and recording them!
What makes your single and the time you spent on the music memorable for you?
As I said this song was my first release since moving to Nashville, so there were a lot of firsts with it! It isn't my first self-produced song, but that process is still super new to me and this time around I felt like I was really on my own being in a new place without having my usual people around me to call on for guidance. As I produced this song I was also putting together my production team for drums, mixing and mastering, which took a few tries to put together but I'm SO happy with the team I landed on!
Any tried or true techniques you have when creating the music?
At this point I have a pretty solidified workflow when it comes to making my music. I always write the song from start to finish with just a guitar or piano, and that gives me all the lyrics, melody, chord progression and arrangement. From there I usually have an idea of what I want the drums to do, which then leads me to the bass part. After laying that foundation is when I get into the fun stuff like writing harmonies, guitar solos, strings, organs, etc. I love playing around with those elements to really bring the song to life. What are you most looking forward to in 2023 with your new music?
What I'm most excited about is how much new music I have coming out over the next year! I've gone through multiple different band lineups and all sorts of business drama which led me to being solo and independent today, but it stopped me from releasing as much music I wanted to in the past. I'm super excited that over the next 6-8 months I plan to more than double the amount of songs I have released! Anything in 2022 that you experienced that you're either leaving behind or bringing with you into 2023?
2022 was definitely a year of change and growth for me, moving to Nashville and leaving my family as well as all of my business connections back home in Boston. It took me a while to feel grounded here and get involved in the local scene. For 2023 I plan to leave behind feeling new here and really stepping into being who I am as an artist in this new place. I plan to play a ton of shows, collaborate with more artists and really just let everyone here know what I'm all about and let it lead me to the right places. Where can our readers go to learn more about your future projects?!
You can find me on any social media, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, TikTok, all under my name Natalie Joly, as well as my website nataliejoly.com. The best place to really stay in the loop with what I have going on is to sign up for my email list on the home page of my website!
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