Natalie Jean: Unafraid

Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in Kensington, MD. My father, Guy R. Jean, is a famous Haitian singer. During my childhood, he used to sing to me all of the time. My family was really into Elvis Presley. I have seen every movie he has ever made. My first inclination was to become a dancer. But I also wanted to follow in Elvis's footsteps as well as my fathers. I love music. I love the way it makes people feel. It has the power to change many people's lives in a positive direction. I want to be able to help others.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Looking for a gig as a new band or artist, can be very hard. A lot of places, will not accept anyone with no experiences. I would suggest getting a booking agent or actually doing the pay for play(pay for play can include selling tickets so that you have a large audience) for the first couple of gigs. This is what I did. Once I gained some experience, then I decided that I would never do pay for platy ever again. Also, an artist or a local band needs to go on the internet and look for local places that accept your genre. Send them your music, or go to the venue itself and meet with the booking agents or managers.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Yes, I do. I might forget a lyric and substitute a word, or sing the melody. Most of the time, no one ever notices. I think I play it off pretty well.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Currently, I am not touring. I have not toured, but am working on putting something together.
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
No studio upgrades. I am working with Protools 11. I also have an amazing producer, Alexi Von Guggenberg, that does a lot of the work for me.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
I search different music platforms from the internet to promote my music. But what has worked best for me, is Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Fiverr, Soundcloud, Google+, Reverbnation, Youtube, IndieSpoonful, Noteworthy, MusicDish China, Jamsphere, and Skope Magazine. I also enter many contests. I think contests allow for others to hear your music, and you just might gain some interest from them.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would love to play at Carnegie Hall, with Nina Simone. Nina Simone epitomizes everything I believe in regards to the music business in the aspect of entertaining. She never liked people to talk during her performances. She wanted people to really listen, to really feel and get something out of her performances. She also wrote and sang about political issues. She was not afraid to speak her mind. She knew her value and that was portrayed through her singing and songwriting. She was an extremely talented female musician.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I am working on a lot of projects. I am working on a world album, a couple of singles, collaborating with my fellow musician friends Darick Spears and Dennis Sy (We released a single called "Shine On," last year). We plan on releasing an ep as a trio called "Happenstance." I am also working with Michael Peloso on his album. He is an amazing writer. I really can't wait for people to hear it. Working on releasing a new music video for my song "Red Room." Lots of projects.
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
I would be a dancer or a vet. I think I would always have to do something with music. But I also have a love for animals.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
Fans should look for a lot of versatile sounds coming their way. Working on getting a tour together.
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
I would like to thank my mother, Marie-Louise Jean and sister, Danielle Jean, and Father, Guy R. Jean for their unwavering support!! Also, I send my love to all the fans that have supported me.

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