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Jun 1st 2003

Hottie  - Natalie Williams Natalie Williams- Yours Truly: (Eastside)

 

Now at a time when the soul arena for the female vocalist seems to be fully loaded with upcoming talents like Alicia Keys, Ledisi, Vivian Green, Ursula Rucker and Lizz Wright to name but a few, a new voice enters the fold and at first listen one would think this gal was black but to my surprise, Natalie Williams is a twenty something caucasian who's lighting up the UK soulscene with with her debut album Yours Truly.

The singer/songwriter brings a strong soulful presence and some jazzy awareness to the album with songs that showcase her borh her vocal range and song styles. An array of genders are represented on the album from Pop to Soul to House.

The lead off single and title track, Yours Truly introduces you to who Natalie is (literally), a fun loving, inspiring gal that's full of life as is the track itself. Contempory R&B mixed with an urban vibe make you stand up and take notice. 'Fool for you' offers you music of the house variety with a solid bassline dominating throughout, 'Got it Bad' is a mid tempo groove that sees Natalie coming to terms about lost love and Something in my pocket is on of my favourites - a smooth ballad that's got radio play written all over it.

Born and raised in Berlin, the stunningly beautiful, British-Hungarian Natalie recognised early on that her path would be carved in music with the major influence of her father (who was a heavy poet and jazz fanatic) who introduced her to music at a very early age. After High School, Natalie was accepted to the prestigious Guildhall School of Music in London, England and mastered the art of jazz vocalist there.

The full length should be in stores now so you might want to look out for it. If you're looking for some fresh and wholesome soul and R&B then Natalie is for you. A TY-D Pick indeed

Listen to Natalie William's 'Yours Truly '

TD

 

 

 

 

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