Scottish singer-songwriter Natalie Clark, who has reaped plaudits from Richard Branson and BBC Radio 1's Nick Grimshaw, launched her self-released debut EP, Eagles, in Scotland before heading stateside where she completed her first US east coast tour in September. She spent the remainder of 2014 in Los Angeles, performing, recording and writing.
After recently giving up her teaching career in the U.K. to pursue her dream of writing and playing music, the rising soul-pop artist made headlines when Branson invited her to sing on-stage at a BBC Radio 1 Academy session in Glasgow. Clark accepted his impromptu challenge, and sang 'Weakness', from her debut EP. It prompted Branson to proclaim: “That was absolutely and utterly stunning – no backing band, no musicians, no forewarning.” He later called her “inspiring”. Grimshaw, who was hosting the BBC Radio 1 Academy event, played ‘Weakness’ and further sang Clark's praises on his BBC Radio 1 show the following day.
Clark's EP, Eagles, showcases her combination of beautifully soulful vocals with intimate, pop-friendly song-writing. Clark's Eagles EP has already received considerable support and radio airplay from Billy Sloan (Radio Clyde) and BBC Radio Scotland. Clark recently gave up her teaching job in Glasgow to concentrate on music full-time. She began her musical career at 14 when she made her debut performance on the Scottish jazz circuit, and thereafter performed regularly as a jazz vocalist around her hometown – encouraged by several legendary artists including Carol Kidd and Fiona Duncan. At 16 years old, Natalie was a key member of the group who went on to form the Fiona Duncan Vocal Workshops, as part of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival. Subsequent to this, Clark attended a series of masterclasses at Berklee College of Music in Boston – which is where her song-writing career began.
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