"MY FAVORITE MUSICIANS ARE THOSE WHO HAVE THEIR OWN SOUND- THE ONES YOU RECOGNIZE THE INSTANT YOU HEAR THEM. THIS IS HOW I FELT WHEN I FIRST HEARD NATALIE. SHE CREATES A VIBE FROM THE FIRST NOTE, AND HOLDS YOU UNTIL THE LAST ONE. IN ADDITION TO THAT, SHE'S AN ABSOLUTE JOY TO BE AROUND. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BE A PART OF HER DEBUT ALBUM." -MICHAEL LEAGUE/SNARKYPUPPY "OVER THE COURSE OF JUST FOUR SONGS ON HER DEBUT RECORDING, LOWER HUDSON VALLEY NATIVE NATALIE FORTEZA INTRODUCES HERSELF AS A COMMANDING VOCALIST AND SONGWRITER OF CONSIDERABLE IMPACT. AIDED AND ABETTED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MICHAEL LEAGUE OF SNARKY PUPPY, WHO IMPECCABLY CONTEXTUALIZES HER VOICE IN A BRILLIANT BATH OF CRYSTALLINE ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRONIC TEXTURES, FORTEZA SHINES HERE WITH HER DYNAMIC RANGE OF RHYTHMS AND EMOTIONS. OBVIOUS TOUCHSTONES ARE SADE AND NORAH JONES, BUT I HEAR GLIMPSES OF STEVIE WONDER, ASTRUD GILBERTO, AND ANITA BAKER AS WELL." -SETH ROGOVOY / CHRONOGRAM MAGAZINE
Simmering soft and subtle, tapping into both the sultry and sweet. NATALIE FORTEZA has a wondrous ability to not just push familiar buttons in the listener’s soul, but also find new ones they may not even be aware of. She can purr at the microphone but there’s an underlying vocal power there, Natalie’s vocal talent is hard to miss.
Legendary R&B artist Porter Carroll Jr. [Atlantic Starr founder, Hall & Oates percussionist] felt there was something truly special here. Carroll stepped in to help materialize her talent, which led to an introduction to Grammy winner Michael League from Snarky Puppy, who produced her EP.
“Man on the Moon,” “Feels so Good,” “Kiss,” “Too Late Too Soon" titles from her debut EP “01”; are musical escapes to passionate places where love, mystery and loss all manage to swirl together.
With soulful, exotic mystique, Natalie's unique, recognizable voice summons emotion & personal experience through layers of Pop, R&B, Soul, Electronica and World Music.
vocals / natalie forteza
keys, vocals / akie bermiss
bass / anthony candullo
drums / erik perez
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