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Natasha Watts

Natasha Watts

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Throughout her life, she was surrounded by all genres of music, from reggae and jazz to blues and funk. With a DJ as a father and a soul insane older sister, she really had little choice and she soon became familiar with every rare groove and soul track well before her years.

At the age of sixteen Natasha teamed up with Roame Lowrey (percussionist with Maze and Frankie Beverley) and he took Natasha under his wing and across the Atlantic to experience recording and help nurture and develop her talent as a young recording artist.Whilst in the States Natasha worked in a stage musical and performed with Kirk Franklyn and the Family.

Although this was the embryonic stages of her career, it transpired to be the fruitful period in both her talent and development and the inspiration she received from her then musical peers coaxed her down different musical avenues, discovering a new found love for gospel and organic R&B. Natasha’s stay in the United States coincided with the arrival of her son Taylor and subsequently, music for once had to take a back seat….but this was far from the end of her musical expedition!

Having always credited her mother, Sandra as her inspiration and in 2008 the woman who moulded Natasha’s soul and direction passes away. Yet, through this distressing and heart-breaking period, comes the life-affirming ‘Time to Shine’, to this day, still Natasha’s favourite number due to the deeply personal resonance behind it.

Natasha exploded on to the UK soul scene with her explosive voice with ‘Show Me’ after her first collaboration with Cool Million – featured on the Cool Million III album, which was rapidly followed up with the summer smash of 2012 ‘Back 2 U’ with producer Ric Atari – available on the Soul Seed Vol 1 album, supported with a sleek promo to match the silky tones.

The last few years have seen Natasha in demand more than ever for her vocal talents and vivacious on-stage presence and many well-respected producers have elicited her formidable talents as well as various fellow contemporary songwriters and bands from Papa Records, Reel People, Bugz in the attic’s Kaidi Tathum, Speedometer on Freestyle Records, various tracks on Purple Music Nervous Records, Vaga Records Tribe Music Duff Note Groove Odessy Barcoda and most recently as the main vocalist on a forthcoming Yam Who? EP (Downtown Diva) on the cutting edge record label ISM Records.

There have also been gigs at huge events around the world, including IPM, Amalfi Conference, Rome, Napoli, Suncebeat, Luanda In Angola, Moscow, Croatia, Miami and Germany has become her new home! Natasha, whose fast becoming the brightest (and busiest!) UK soul star.

2012/13 were and are equally busy for Natasha when she supported the legendary Betty Wright at various gigs all over the country from Blackpool Soul to the Southport Weekender among many others.

It was Natasha’s second consecutive appearance at the Southport Weekender too, something of a rarity for an artist.

In September 2013… Natasha was nominated for The best new soul act Soul Survivors magazine… Natasha won by a clear mile.This was voted for by the public and is a clear indication of how much she is loved! This was to be the starting point for all of Natasha’s dreams to start coming true!

February 2014 saw the much-anticipated release of Natasha’s first solo album. Notching up 3 number 1’s off the album and countless radio stations supporting the tracks including Jazz FM making the album ( album of the week)!

Natasha has been able to tour and P.A the tracks all over the world, Two sell out shows at the Jazz cafe London, performances at The Montreux Jazz festival Switzerland and lastly touring the Uk with the Empress of Soul Ms Glady’s Knight completing 7 shows to over 30,000 people including The Royal Albert Hall London-Glasgow Symphony and Birmingham Symphony!

This gave Natasha some much-needed brownie points from not only other promoters but he fellow singers in recognising Natasha as the artist she has always longed to be.

After such a high Natasha felt compelled to get back into the studio and start on the follow, this was going to be very tricky as the pressure was on Natasha had delivered but could she do it again?

Natasha had big dreams for this next album and started asking her supporters what they would like to hear, quite a few suggested some duets, Natasha was already in the process of working with Uk star Don E on his Future Rare Grooves album where they created a very popular track called (Big People Tings ) this is heavenly played all over the country in the underground Rare Groove clubs and it also played a lot at Reggae Venues, So Natasha set out to ask one of her Idols, Omar … within day he had agreed and they set about to create some magic in the form of (Insatiable) Omar not enjoyed being a part of this collaboration he also decided to put the track on his next album (love&beats), the rest of the album came about rather easy for Natasha, working again with Rob Hardt in Germany.

Natasha achieved allot of success with the second album (2nd Time Around) and openly admits to enjoying this album so much more than the first Natasha feels like she is coming into her own and is very proud of the work on this album.

Off the back off 2nd Time Around Natasha has continued to gig most weekends Natasha has complete tours with Shalamar The Fatback Band supported Candi Stanton Lisa Stansfield Incognito and Omar himself.

Natasha is now a multiword winning artist picking up Best current UK Soul Artist 2016 again from The Soul Survivors Magazine readers vote been names in several top DJ’S Top tens around the world. Natasha is on a roll and currently writing her 3rd album … with more touring scheduled for the upcoming year and her army of followers ever growing Natasha is going all the way to the top.

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Nationality: English

Resident in: UK

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