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.
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
Though her influences are many, her singular vocal talent is hard to miss. She can purr at the microphone, but there’s an underlying vocal power there. Natalie and her co-writing conspirators and band mates are proud to debut an EP of their original music, titled "01." Songs comprised of layers of Pop, R&B, Soul, Electronica and World Music. Produced by Grammy winner Michael League of Snarky Puppy and executive produced by Natalie & Porter Carroll Jr. [Atlantic Starr, Daryl Hall & John Oates band].
THE BAND: Akie Bermiss/Keys: Has opened for George Clinton, and for the Grammy nominated Emily King with his Brooklyn based band Aabaraki. Anthony Candullo/Bass: Has played with beloved NY acts Live Society, Gil Paris, Myles Mancuso and international acts: Tad Robinson and Yonrico Scott (Derek Trucks Band). Erik Perez/Drums: Has played in the company of Jazz/Pop greats, Bob Baldwin, Marion Meadows, Porter Carroll Jr, The Wali Ali Band and Live Society.
[photos by chris pinkus]