Nashville, Tennessee based Natalie Prass has released two titles to her name: 2009’s Small and Sweet EP, and 2011’s Sense of Transcendence EP — along with a fair share of demos to boot. While each release has shown an uptick in Natalie’s song writing prowess, her signature style has always remained at heart, propelling the singer/songwriter through years of touring and D.I.Y. approaches.
D.I.Y. is something Prass has prized herself on, from writing her own songs to performing her own music (with the help of whichever friends she could find to back her up.) Prass has also taken D.I.Y. much deeper. From having friends help her put together album artwork, to designing her own concert flyers, to putting together listening parties, Natalie has always had an eye for the artistic and creative, something that has naturally found its way into her music.
Influenced by the likes of Roy Orbison, Gladys Knight, and Patti Smith, Natalie Prass’s style often earns comparisons to Feist. While Prass is a well practiced guitarist and pianist – the main instruments she writes the majority of her songs around – it’s really the singer’s voice that stands out. At times enchanting, sometimes haunting, and others angelic, Prass’s wide range of vocal styles allows the artist to bounce between genres almost effortlessly.
Natalie Prass wrapped up recording her newest album this past September/October, and is putting the final touches on the product with a release hopefully to be scheduled soon. The album was recorded in Burlington, Vermont, a location Natalie cites as “one of the most beautiful cities this country has to offer.” Prass had little trouble finding inspiration for her new songs while there. “It’s cheesy, but the music just kind of flowed out of me during my stay up there.”
Dean Goranites | Associate Editor