Meet Natalie Duque

 

If there’s one thing that makes Los Angeles Americana-Pop artist Natalie Duque happy, it’s a sad song. Born in Queens, NY and raised by a single mom, Duque was often left to her own devices as a child, and more often chose the company of music over kids her own age. “I am a highly empathetic person-- I’ve always struggled with taking on the emotions of the people around me,” she says. “It can be exhausting with people, but with music, it’s the opposite. Losing myself in a song has always put me at ease.” 

After trying her hand at songwriting for the first time at thirteen, she soon grew fixated, finding comfort in the vulnerability and outlet for her emotions that weaving her own melodic narratives offered. It was always the heartfelt ones that came most easily, and those are still the ones she connects with the most. 

Years later and with three EPs to her name, Natalie Duque has done more than just figure out how to write songs-- she has made music her life’s work. Her sound charts a course through pop sensibility, country-influenced lyrics, and Americana-inspired instrumentation, and the destination is a sound all her own. Drawing inspiration from Miranda Lambert’s playful lyricism and Adele’s no-holds-barred honesty, Natalie culls moments from her own life and sets them to melodies that meander gracefully over plucked guitar strings, coming alive through her soul-bearing lyrics. 

Natalie’s forthcoming single “Stay” shows an artist carrying on her own legacy. Written a few days after legendary basketball star Kobe Bryant’s shocking death, it touches on the importance of savoring even the most fleeting moments in life. 

Stay comes on the heels of 2018’s Brave is Beautiful EP, produced by Wayne G. Miller (Christina Perri). It’s more than just her glossiest collection of songs yet; it’s also her strongest, and an aptly named one at that. After pursuing a career as a middle school special education teacher, Natalie couldn’t ignore the voice inside her head telling her that she should be focusing on her music instead. One day, she decided to put it all on the line: Natalie quit her teaching job and decided to launch her music career. Not long after, she had carved out a niche for herself as a sought-after songwriter for herself in addition to other artists, even writing with Grammy Award-nominated songwriters like Cam, whose co-write on Natalie’s single "When I Fall," has been placed in film. She has also made a name for herself as an in-demand session vocalist, lending her voice to movie soundtracks such as Black Christmas, The First Purge, and Happy Death Day. With catchy melodies and themes that skew dark but offer a hopeful perspective, Natalie’s music begs listeners to follow the voice inside their heads leading them on their own path to true happiness, just as Natalie did. “Take another step / chase all the limits to find your strength,” she sings, “‘cause darling, brave is beautiful.” 

Fans can expect more music from Natalie Duque in 2020, with live performances to come in the Greater Los Angeles, CA area.

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