Origin: St. Lucia/Jamaica
City: London, United Kingdom
About the Artist:
With her infectious spirit and fun filled personality, Natia forces the listeners to abandon all and just dance. She was born and raised in London and is of St. Lucian and Jamaican heritage.
Her exotic Caribbean roots and her love of Calypso, Zouk, Reggae and of course
Soca has had a strong influence on her music career.
Coming from a family whose musical talents spans generations, Natia’s maternal grandfather was a lead guitarist of the band “The Arawak’s”. His band was very popular in the 70’s. Their portfolio includes releasing several albums, performing on their own float at Notting Hill Carnival and collaborating with well-known artists, such as Arrow.
From a young age she loved singing and dancing and often took part in school concerts and productions. At the age of 13, she took her love for singing further and joined her school choir. She later went on to study music production in college, whilst learning to play the piano.
Natia spent all her spare time at her local studio and on one particular occasion, she heard an instrumental that she fell in love with. She sat down and wrote lyrics that she felt would enhance this catchy beat. She thought if she couldn’t stop humming the song, other people would react this way too. After recording the track and playing it to a Soca audience, the response was very positive and Natia had gotten the feedback she was hoping for. This gave her the confidence to kick start her music career.
In 2012, Natia’s first release was a groovy melodic track called ‘Wine it, Wuk It’produced by SD Productions UK. She performed this song live on a float at Notting Hill Carnival the same year, following in her grandfather’s footsteps. It didn’t take long to get noticed as this was shortly followed by the release of her second single “Carnival Time”, which was the first of many of her songs to be aired on local and international radio stations. “Carnival Time” picked up international interest & helped get Natia's first Radio
interview on 105.3 Vibe FM (Boston, MA).
In the summer of 2013, Natia release a power track aptly titled “No Matter De Temperature”, written and produced by Hitty Lance from St. Lucia. With a chorus reminding feters that ‘no matter de temperature we feting in all weather’, this colourful upbeat hit and Natia’s energetic, full of fun performance, won her second place in both the UK Soca Monarch and UK Road March competitions for that year.
As a newcomer entering both annual competitions was great exposure and in addition to this, she was also nominated for ‘Best New Female Soca Artiste of 2013’ at the International Soca Awards.
Her groovy song ‘I don’t mind’ was her first release of 2014, written by Natia and produced by Socachild. The Songs brought also out a promotional printed t- shirt collection, worn to various shows such as Huddersfield Carnival and Trinis Lime in the Park.
In 2014 her musical journey led her to join forces with Riddim Up Productions, which nurtures several Soca artists. All together they are known as the Riddim Up Army, put together by producer Soca Child 360. The Riddim Up Army, in full force, showcased their teams talents when they performed a medley for the first time at the 6th year anniversary of Soca Frenzy. They performed their tracks released on the Tropical Fruits Riddim.
As Natia continues in the studio, her musical style and flare broadens, and with her latest spirited and sassy song for 2015 named “Line it Up”, produced by Martian Music out of Trinidad, you can be sure Natia will continue to entertain her fans.
Beside Music Business she is a fresh born mother and even beside her pregnancy she performed and organized in 2015 also the LOVE SOCA LIVE concert which achieved nice feedback.
1st Runner-Up: Soca News UK Soca Monarch 2013
1st Runner-Up: UK Soca Road March 2013
MUSIC VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYZhpy_rnG0 (No Matter De Temperature, 2013)