DIARY - 5 JULY 2005 - NATALIE HOWARD
HOWARD - FROM REDCLIFFE TO NASHVILLE
singer-songwriter Natalie Howard is the latest belle to ring here
and in Nashville to extend her career beyond the narrow confines of
The singer was born in Redcliffe, lives on the Gold Coast and makes
regular trips to Music City to write and develop her talent.
Natalie is following in the fertile footsteps of fellow female singers
such as Catherine Britt, Melinda Schneider, Felicity, Tamara Stewart,
Kylie Sackley, Beccy Cole and Audrey Auld Mezera by joining forces
with leading Nashville songwriters.
Howard collaborated with leading Nashville hit writers diverse as
Gary Burr, James House, Austin Cunningham, Rob Crosby, Will Rambeaux,
Dean Miller, Tony Ramey, Tommy Lee James & Terry McBride and expatriate
Australian Sherrie Austin.
The singer also cut a duet with Kentucky born writing partner James
Dean Hicks on her latest single - the McBride-Tommy Lee James penned
song The Long Night.
The duo co-wrote
her previous single I Don't Want To Live Like That.
"Co-writing has been such a great gift, I have learnt so much and
I have been so blessed, inspired and encouraged," says Howard whose
local co-writers include Bill Chambers, Kevin Bennett, Rick Price, Melinda
Schneider and Rod McCormack.
"I have always preferred a direct approach over a vague message when
it comes to my own music," says Howard.
"That's why I gravitate towards country music as my middle ground
so to peak even though my musical background is swamped with a mixture
of pop styles as well as more traditional country classics.
Howard has won hefty ABC and community radio airplay for songs on debut
indie album Yesterday's Make-up.
singer began performing on her mother's piano as a child before working
as a graphic artist after leaving school.
Howard later took classical and contemporary vocal instruction and
music theory and worked in bars, pubs and clubs in cover bands in
and around the Brisbane area.
She then received a grant through the Regional Arts Development Fund
in Redcliffe that financed a trip to America to write and record her
first demo session.
It launched her writing career with Nashville collaborators on annual
trips where she also performs her material the legendary Bluebird
Cafe and other writers' locales.
She wrote I Want To Get Out with New Orleans singer/songwriter
Jim McCormick about an unhappy relationship.
It was a bonus track on her single Love You Anyway and a finalist
in international acoustic music awards.
been in this situation before, and don't think I even noticed how bad
things were at the time, until I moved on," Howard says of the former,
"so I got to express my thoughts on the matter through the song."
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