Independent singer/songwriter, Natalie Brooke, has been involved in the southern California music scene since 2010, ranging from intimate coffeehouses, to large marketplace venues, and even to the stages of opera. She grew up in a musical family, learning her first guitar chords at age 10 and songwriting by 17. In 2010, she independently released her debut EP "Today", featuring 5 of her earliest songs. Frustrated with her lack of formal music training, Natalie became a music/voice performance major at California State University, San Bernardino, where she earned her undergraduate degree in 2013. She engaged in a wide range of music genres, including vocal jazz, choral, electronic and classical music - and even starred in a full-scale opera production of "Hansel und Gretel".
Growth, on a personal level, often only occurs when we are thrust into the unknown. Such was the case for Natalie, when she spent a year working with a missions organization in Vienna, Austria, being challenged on every possible level: spiritually, politically, socially, artistically, ideologically, linguistically, and relationally. This experience was the catalyst of a new and deeper search for truth and authenticity in this world.
Natalie's search, and subsequent disappointments and realizations, are reflected in her lyrics. She even has the word "Veritas" tattooed on her rib cage ("truth" in Latin).
NEW PERSPECTIVE, NEW SOUND
Natalie's growth, both musically and personally, has inspired her to craft a whole new sound. In the summer of 2014, Natalie's brand new single "The Truth Is" hit digital music retailers (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) and is followed by, "My Own Reflection". These tracks not only display Natalie's songwriting and vocal capabilities, but she also performs on acoustic guitar, drums, percussion and co-produces with engineer Dave Chitty. Three of the tracks on this EP include collaboration with Michael Allen Sandoval. The creative process with Michael was stimulating, as he contributed not only additional engineering, but also performed acoustic and electric guitars, as well as drums and percussion in a complimentary fashion, adding just the right kind of seasoning to Natalie's vision for these songs. Natalie's vocal exploration, travels, gifted collaborators, personal adventures and struggles, and hands-on approach to every facet of creating music have culminated in a rich depth of Indie goodness. "My Own Reflection" is available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Music, and most digital music retailers.