Pop can provide the ultimate release. Just ask Natalie Major. The Chicago-born and Los
Angeles-based singer and songwriter translates raw emotion and relatable experiences into
anthemic and ambitious pop punctuated by down-tempo beats, skyscraper-size vocals, and
unabashed and cathartic honesty.
“I want to create something that’s simultaneously soulful, unconventional, and identifiable,”
she explains. “Music has always been cathartic for me. Sad songs often make me happy. The
deeper they are, the more I feel. Since we all have a little darkness inside of us, I mostly write
for a therapeutic and emotional release.”
So far, she’s quietly achieved that just under the radar. After moving to L.A. to pursue a lifelong
musical dream back in 2011, the artist bubbled up with a series of high-profile songwriting
placements and vocal spots. Among those, she penned and featured on Bobby Puma’s
“Someone Somewhere,” and Tiësto included the track’s “Tiësto Edit” on the fourth installment
of his popular Club Life series: Club Life, Vol. 4 – New York City. “Someone Somewhere” peaked
in the Top 5 of Beatport’s Top 100 and landed on Spotify’s Global Viral Top 50. Next, the
songstress teamed up with Dutch sensation Showtek and Brooks for “On Our Own,” which
clocked over 13 million Spotify streams in under six months. Meanwhile, 2K tapped her to
sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and Canadian National Anthem for both NBA 2K15 and NBA
2K16. By 2017, her cumulative streams would exceed 20 million and counting. Natalie has had major syncs all throughout last year in shows like Freeform's "Grownish", ABC's "Station 19", Showtime's "Shameless" and HBO's "Camping".
Natalie’s debut with her song "Waves" represents a watershed moment for her as she quite literally
returned from the brink physically and emotionally stronger than ever. While on a 2015 trip to Thailand, she lost control of a motor scooter, crashed into a bus, and sustained a concussion and fractures on her arm and leg. The pressures of a near eight-month recovery took a serious toll on her long-term relationship, leading to its end. After enduring post-concussive syndrome and regaining her ability to sing, she devoted herself wholeheartedly to this debut.
“What caused me to write the bulk of the new project was the accident, the breakup, and all of
these hardships,” she admits. “I wanted to find this balance between beauty and melancholy.”
She first struck this balance on 2017’s “Human” in collaboration with Robot Koch. Driven by an
undeniable hook and vivid lyricism, it quickly crossed the 100k mark on Spotify. She kicked off
last year with “Waves.” Receiving its premiere in the Freeform series grown-ish, the single ebbs and flows between breathy verses and a seismic and soaring chorus that’s as empowering as it is entrancing.
“It was about the breakup,” she goes on. “I needed to write it. My heart was so heavy, and I felt so much lighter for having done it. I always knew I had to put it out. It’s the right time.”
With new music releases planned throughout 2019, she stands poised to connect like never before.
“I’d love to help people relate to one another, so they don’t feel alone,” she leaves off. “By
being honest, I’m showing empathy and understanding. Music is a connective experience, I hope to be a part of that.”
"The Story of Human"
Vision Quest Sound interview//
"On Our Own"
"Comfortable - Telykast x Steve Void ft. Natalie Major"
"Natalie Major has a new emotional-soulful track Human that has been released with great fanfare. Lana Del Rey fans will eat this up. The Los Angeles singer-songwriter has created her own brand of indie pop with a vocal comparable to Sia and Adele."
"Produced by Robot Koch, “Human” captures the raw, authentic feel of what it means to be open and honest about the grief of heartbreak. Her combination of poetic lyrics and haunting melody impacts the listener instantly. The song’s elements create a somber yet hopeful feel that touches your heart through it’s purest expression."
"It says it all in the title; ‘Human’ by indie singer-songwriter Natalie Major is a raw, emotional punch to the gut. The four-minute stunner takes you by the hand with it’s soft piano and occasional electronic pulse, while crushing you under the weight of the music. You leave feeling beaten and bedraggled, but in absolutely awe of what you witnessed. I always find it amazing how single notes and keys can be strung together to create such an effective experience, but Natalie makes it look easy here."