Bristol’s 19-year-old singer-songwriter Natalie Holmes has grown her fan base from square one over the past 3 years. Now with almost a million hits on YouTube, over 12,000 subscribers, almost 3,000 Facebook likes and two self-produced albums accumulated from her bedroom, she’s matured enough to take the final leap into the industry.
Since moving to Leeds in 2011 to study at Leeds College of Music, Natalie has been gigging wherever and whenever she can, taking her Internet following and expanding it in the real world. Key moments for her were supporting Kate McGill on her headline tour at The Cockpit in Leeds, planning and carrying out her own tour in September, closely followed by supporting Lewis Watson on his entire sold out UK headline tour in October. She’s also been busy attracting the attention of the likes of Perez Hilton, who in featuring her original song ‘Safety Net’ on his blog, said, “She’s a real artist!”, and BBC Introducing West Yorkshire’s Alan Raw, who played a track from her self produced album ‘Goodmorning Sleepyhead’ on his show.
So far, Natalie has been doing everything on her own, which has worked out fine for her so far, but now she needs more. Described as “one of the most consistently astounding songwriters the music world has seen in ages”, Natalie is very excited to be releasing her new EP The Simplest Things on 13/1/13. Having worked with a producer for the first time on this, we can safely say this EP is going to bring new and exciting attributes to her songs and her “voice angels are jealous of”.
Influenced by artists such as Ellie Goulding, Ingrid Michaelson, Bon Iver and Gabrielle Aplin, Natalie started writing songs from a young age; first on piano, (which she’s been playing since before she can remember) and then guitar, which she picked up and taught herself. Years later, she’s fully fledged and out of the nest, just trying to find the best places to fly. To date, Natalie describes a new wave of motivation that’s hit her: “I’ve always been musical, and I’ve always known it was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, so now I am doing everything I physically can to make this happen.”