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The music industry can prove to be difficult to navigate without the right connections. On that front Natalie Imani has already set herself up for future success.
In her career so far she has performed as a backup singer for stars like Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson and Jazmine Sullivan. The visually striking Imani is now making those all important steps to becoming a bonafide solo artist.
First showcased in BET’s Music Matters campaign she learned her craft at the “Fame” school of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. Stash Everything grabbed a quick word with the singer to find out more about her music journey so far.
Stash Everything: You have worked with a lot of heavyweights, what have been your most memorable experiences?
Natalie Imani: Last summer I was on tour with John Legend as he opened up for Sade. My most memorable experience was when I met Sade and she knew me by name. She said, “You’re the Natalie that everyone has been talking about.” That made me feel very special. Watching her perform every night was an awesome experience.
SE: You’re stepping out from supporting other artists to being in the spotlight, what’s the transition been like?
NI: Transitioning has been all about learning new things. There is so much to know about music, running a business, stage performance, and so much more. It has been a journey with both hills and valleys, but when you can imagine your destination, it all feels worth it.
SE: You are quoted for your “unapologetically sensual lyrics”, what areas are you looking to explore with your music?
NI: The area that I like to explore the most is love. My next project is going to be very personal. I like to explore every aspect of relationships.
SE: How did you get your start in the music game, was it like the young naive girl stepping out of the bus from Kansas and arriving in the big city?
NI: Not exactly, the big city has afforded me great opportunities. I decided that I wanted to be a singer when I was just 6 years old. Since then I’ve been in plays and performed on stages all my life.
SE: Would you call yourself a diva?
NI: A diva is someone with outstanding talent. Would I call myself a diva? Well, I would leave that for you to decide.
SE: What projects are you working on at the moment?
NI: I am working on new music and creating a new sound that I am very excited about. Stay tuned!
Find out more about Natalie at http://natalieimanimusic.com/