When listening to Natalie Chapman, you might get the feeling that you have discovered a delightful sonic recipe: Take a little bit of Melissa Etheridge, mix in a bit of Fleetwood Mac, add a dollop of The Doors and sprinkle with a dash of Joni Mitchell. And viola! You are close to recreating her distinctive voice.
From an early age, Natalie took an active interest in theatre, music and dance and is a proud graduate of the Waterfront Theatre school where she qualified with an LTCL and completed her performance diplomas in ballet, jazz, tap, singing and drama.
She proceeded to work continuously on stage – both as a singer, dancer and actor. But, being the consummate artist, an adventurous streak is par for the course and her wanderlust started calling. She jetted off to London and stayed for four years, where she continued developing her songwriting skills, and worked in various jobs from independent filmmaking to public busking in between her extensive travels through Europe.
Upon her return and after 3 years of fundraising and hard work Natalie received great response to her original blend of Acoustic, Folk /Pop/ Rock sound. Her hit single “Are You Coming Home?” broke all expectations by industry standards, when reaching No. 2 on OFM’s Top 20 hit list.
The response from the public was immediate and her fan base began to grow around the country. She was placed on high frequency play lists on top radio stations like Highveld, Jacaranda and Algoa FM.
Her long awaited debut album, ‘Between the Lines’ was released in October 2007 and Natalie wrote 80% of the material on the album herself. 3 of the tracks on the album were play-listed in the UK and Dubai and Natalie endeared herself to a throng of fans.
Natalie has shared the same stage with industry greats such as Arno Carstens, Dan Patlansky, Albert Frost, Southern Gypsey Queen, Piet Botha, Heinz Winckler, Tony Cox, Jason Glover, Gerald Clark, Ezra and has performed at Oppikoppi, Vodacom Summer Festival, Kirstenbosch Gardens, STRAB, White Mountain Folk Festival and Splashy Fen Music Festival.
Natalie has decided to return to her roots and will be producing her 2nd album independently. This is the more difficult route, but she is confident and excited to produce a world class product that will remain true to her vision. Look out for her new album later this year!