About Natalie Hamilton
Musician - Composer - Lyricist - Playwright
Next Show: Saturday, March 16th 2019 - 8pm - Firehouse 12, New Haven CT.
A velvet voice that spans four octaves + melodic jazz/pop piano playing combine like alchemy to give you the musician, lyricist and composer that is Natalie Hamilton.
Her music has been praised as:
"adventurous and sophisticated" - (Matt Beck, noted for his work with Renee Fleming, Rob Thomas and Rosanne Cash)
"marvelous, feminine and tough" - (Rolling Stone & SPIN Magazine Contributor Thom Yurek)
"an undiscovered gem" - (Bogey's Beat Music Blog).
And the time has never been more ripe for her voice to be heard and her poignant tales of the human heart to be sung.
Natalie Hamilton began performing professionally at the age of 18, while a student at Berklee College of Music. Between the years 2001 - 2011, Hamilton performed extensively up and down the eastern U.S seaboard, from Portland, Maine to The Florida Keys, at notable venues such as NYC's The Knitting Factory, The Living Room and The Bitter End. By the age of 28, she had released 5 independent albums of all original material. The albums were (in order of release/recording): Birth of The Woman (2001), The Wheeler Street Sessions (2005), How To Fail A Fantasy (2007), Carbon Cocktail (2008), Red Ball Rising (2011).
In June 2018, she released the digital compilation album "Sides - Part One" - containing 11 songs from those 11 years of recording, including some previously unreleased demos. "Sides - Part Two + Part Three" will be released over the course of 2019, completing her discography of that time period - over a decades worth of composition and recordings.
Between 2012 and 2018, Hamilton took a break from releasing albums, but continued to perform live, write and record new material. During that time, she also wrote the book and lyrics to two all original musicals, "To Magick Fountain" and "The Beheaded." - currently still in the developing stages.
In 2019, Hamilton is set to release a new album, co-produced with multi-instrumentalist Matt Beck, notable for his work with Rob Thomas, Renee Fleming and Roseanne Cash, among others. The album features Grammy Award Winning bassist Richard Hammond (Joan Osborne, Hamilton The Musical, Desmond Child.) In late 2018, Hamilton began "The Joni Experiment" - a live performance music project in which she explores and experiments with the compositions of the iconic singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell.
The execution of each song that Natalie Hamilton offers is the result of her meticulous and purposeful craft. Using the time-tested methods of folk and jazz balladeering, she fuses both traditions, trascending the supermarket drone of the millenial songer-songwriter format and creating a modern harmonic experience truly hers and hers alone.
Her storytelling lyrics could stand alone as powerful poetry. Her vocals have the purity and powerhouse "stop you in your tracks" tone of a young Barbra Streisand mixed with the warmth and sultriness of Nina Simone or Annie Lennox. Her original compositions are frequently compared to that of Joni Mitchell and the late Laura Nyro. But Nat is no copycat.