Exclusive Artist Review: Natalis – “But God” & “Sin Duda” Singles

Bronx, NY’s Natalis is no stranger to the musical world. The crafty and versatile singer has appeared on albums with J. Cole, Kanye West and a slew of other industry heavyweights over the years, is a 2-time Grammy nominee and has multi-platinum status. She has built an insatiable name for herself and continues to thrive in the game with her hypnotic vocals and multifaceted image; raising the bar with every project she gives herself to. But on top of everything she has appeared on with other prominent artists, Natalis herself also has her own solo releases that truly give every listener a full visceral listening experience, allowing the world of music to get to know her much more exclusively. One of those releases is her most current album ‘Good Fridays’, a Christian, high spirited record with a brilliantly crafted R&B signature sound with a futuristically modern approach.

Released last month on April 2nd, ‘Good Fridays’ is a 7-song record that shines a spotlight on faith and spirituality in a way that truly encompasses the concept of a higher power and love for the Lord as something greater than ourselves. Produced by Mr. Foster and Davis Chris, the album’s opening track and first anchor single is “Sin Duda”, a hypnotically ambient track that plays out kind of like a dream sequence. This anthemic and atmospheric song really showcases Natalis’ visceral vocals and parallels the lyrical concept beautifully with the diligently-placed harmonies and spiritually crafty melodies. The song structure has a very modern aura with tastefully blended layers, ambient swells and brilliant touches of atmosphere; delivering a powerful track that captures a true essence of spirituality. Second single is “But God”, a much more rhythmic track with a dynamic beat structure that tastefully blends a classic R&B approach with textures of electronic and EDM sensibilities. Once again, we have another beautifully performed track with several crucial vocal harmonies and key melodies that really showcases Natalis’ range. It’s definitely a single that’ll entice any listener to dive deeper into her discography and definitely sets the tone for the rest of what this album offers. Her breed of R&B is very next-level and both of these tracks are direct evidence.

Both singles, as well as the rest of the ‘Good Fridays’ album, are available now on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and several other digital music streaming platforms. Natalis is definitely not a singer to sleep on by any means and you’ll be more than happy you gave her a listen. It may be your first, but definitely won’t be your last.


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Exclusive Artist Interview: Mia Moisa

Hailing from the beautiful landscapes of Brussels, young up-and-coming starlet Mia Moisa began hitting the ground running just two years ago when she was at 20. It was December 2019 when she realized that music was (and is) the true passion of her life. In Brussels, she also started practicing Yoga and Meditation which are incredibly amazing practices which she learned from Buddhism. Her strive of constantly researching is one of the same philosophies she utilizes for her music as well. There’s no time to stop learning. We’ve had the opportunity to talk with Mia about her aspiring career and where her future plans lead, both as a person and artist.


What got you into music this past year? What are some of the main components that inspired it?

Since very little I knew I wanted to be on stage. I am quite a sensible person and my way of feeling empowered is by performing. I was sent to Brussels in September 2016, by my family, to study Business without really wanting to do it, but I wanted to feel accepted and please the ones I love. I forced myself during 3 years to study but my inner self didn’t want me to do it. Sometimes I would go to bars during the week ends to feel the music , to do some karaoke and to join some Jam Sessions. A bar I absolutely love here in Brussels is ‘La Tricoterie’ they have such a warm environment and the city in general would make me feel so good. So I would constantly fall depressed after a period of time if I wouldn’t give rhythm and colours to myself. In 2019, I’ve met love for the 1st time, and this person believed so much in me and he encouraged me to follow my dreams. So in January 2020, I dropped out of university and since then have dedicated all my time to art in general. It’s been a healing process since then.

•You’ve recorded a lot of material in such a short time. That’s amazing! How has the studio process been for you?

I remember the first song I registered was with my great friend Tidji, we met in 2017, here in Brussels. He came from Réunion to study Farmacy back then. In the end of 2019 we started making music together and we registered our first feat in January 2020. Sincerely, we was so stressed but at the same time I was feeling so happy. In my mind I remember saying constantly ‘ this is it Mia, you are doing it, finally we are doing it’. I was containing myself to do not jump and go crazy actually . I knew I needed more knowledge to sing on a studio. Its not that simple. With time while recording my singles I just felt I was doing better and better. 6 studio session is what I needed to feel like the studio was a home for me. I am buildind my little home studio now by the way

Are you a solo artist or do you have a band lined up?

For now I am solo but I would absolutely love to create a band one day. I love old fashion concerts, that’s what I want to give to people, a stage full of energy, a union of individuals that share the same passion.

What about some of your artist influences? Shed a little light on that.

As a child I loved so much Lady Gaga and Madonna (those 2 were an influence of my best friend João, from Portugal. I used to go over his place and we would pretend those were our songs and we would spend hours and hours making choreographies and singing. Maybe since we were 6 till nowadays we have a lot of fun doing it together. One song that I was crazy about was “Give It To Me” Madonna 2008). Miley Cyrus, I love her so much! I had Eminem, Maroon 5 and Amy Winehouse period. Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Shakira, Rihanna and Jennifer were my queens of women empowerment. Then I got crazy with Billie Eilish, this girl is amazing! I could not forget the Queen and Stromae.

How many years have you been singing? Doesn’t necessarily have to be professional.

I started at the age of 6 in a Folkloric association back in Portugal and made some concerts with them for a few years.

What are some of your long/short term goals as an artist? What do you hope to accomplish?

Surely to transform the European Stages. I think investors should focus more on our artists. We have one life in this earth and I want to remember that here in Europe we had a hell of a good time spent on concerts because for sure we have a lot of hidden talent. I might be wrong but since little I was expecting to see changes on European stages. That didn’t happen, unfortunately. We need better teams, we need not only managers, we need leaders also, both lovers of art not only money.

For long term I have two major goals. The first one, I will always seek to bring an equilibrium to the way the woman is taken in consideration. In the first place we are human beings, as human beings we are all the same. Period. This also stands for Racism or other types or disrespect. The Second one, that personally I think will take even more time is give all my support to LGBTQIA+ community. I would like to add a *, that goes for all those who feel different or misunderstood, or depressed or anything else that is making them feel bad about themselves. I have something to say to those ones “ You are a Star ” no one can take that away from you, no one should even have that intention, let’s start there. I believe in a better world, I believe in piece and love. There is a lot to work on.

If you could compare yourself to a couple other vocalists (style-wise), who would they be and why?

I think my voice is a compilation of all those who figure in the 4th question mostly. I feel a strong empathy toward those artist and some many more, that somehow made me see the world differently in a given moment of the past. They made me who I am today.

How has the fan/community reception been towards your music since you started your career so recently?

I received some messages that warmed up my heart so much. It’s such a great feeling to wake up with a message from a stranger saying “wow I love your voice” “ I love what you do” “ I love your universe” etc.

It was a surprise for my friends from Portugal mostly, they didn’t knew what was going on, but they were happy, so was I.

It’s a small community, but a great one for sure! They mean a lot for me!

I am so grateful for everything. I know I don’t have a specific music genre and since I have quite a different style people might be skeptical, I just need time.

Have you had the chance to perform live yet? (In spite of COVID)

Not with my own songs, I am so anxious about that actually. When things get back to normal, I will finally be able to show me! Can’t wait!

What are your future plans? Where do you hope to see yourself in 1-2 years?

All depends on COVID. Actually I only could answer to this question if I would imagine that from March things would go back to normal and I could work like crazy to get in some few national stages. Maybe internationals, who knows! Till then I’ll be launching songs.


Mia’s Words & Message

My music talks mostly about philosophy of life: deep emotions, putted on a peaceful flow. I think it translates the bipolarity of our existence. Is everywhere, always, this pressure of showing everything is good even though we might really be suffering inside us. I think it was what I mostly leaded with in my life and there are many conclusions I made out of it. I am launching “Broken Heart ” as the first song of my EP for the simple fact that Covid-19 made us get distant , even more than we were before, it took away from us many things, between them were the kindness for the next one, which it really made me sad, because that’s a strong value I grew up in with my Orthodox Me as a Artist I am looking to encourage people to follow their dreams, to give empowerment, specially woman Empowerment. I love doing extravagant things to bring the weird to common, untill people are abble to accept it as a normality.Changing the normes of society, in my point of view, is necessary.We are a community on a daily evolution, we have to train ourselves to changement. This way more people will be able to free themselves. I believe this life is too preacious to be waisted on a routine. I believe that art is an escaping gate from depression, which is a big psycological issue nowadays. It helps me personaly to express my pain. I have a big background on teather, dance and posing, which are my other ways of freeing myself. In a visual way, is like, by practicing them I can go to a spiritual state where I feel myself levitating. As if we all had wings but routine would put heavy layers of great weight on top of them and the only way to free is letting your self express be free.

I am launching “Broken Heart ” as the first song of my EP for the simple fact that Covid-19 made us get distant , even more than we were before, it took away from us many things, between them were the kindness for the next one, which it really made me sad, because that’s a strong value I grew up in with my Orthodox Me as a Artist I am looking to encourage people to follow their dreams, to give empowerment, specially woman Empowerment. I love doing extravagant things to bring the weird to common, untill people are abble to accept it as a normality. Changing the normes of society, in my point of view, is necessary.We are a comunity on a daily evolution, we have to train ourselves to changement. This way more people will be able to free themselves. I believe this life is too precious to be waisted on a routine. I believe that art is an escaping gate from depression, which is a big psycological issue nowadays. It helps me personaly to express my pain. I have a big background on teather, dance and posing, which are my other ways of freeing myself. In a visual way, is like, by practicing them I can go to a spiritual state where I feel myself levitating. As if we all had wings but routine would put heavy layers of great weight on top of them and the only way to free is letting your self express be free.


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Artist Review: Bami – “Stream Of His Grace” EP

Review by: Justyn Brodsky

Captivatingly talented with her voice and spiritually authentic in her message, rising Gospel artist Bami brings us on a modernized journey into the realms of uplifting our Faith in God with her much awaited versatile new EP Streaming Of His Grace.

Bami‘s sound is explosive, multifaceted and graciously fun with a ton of multi-genre additives and flavorful beats on this 4-track record. Her electronically-infused sound combines an array of funky riffs, hypnotic jazzy tempos and a salsa/tropical and Latin edge that brings out her voice very effectively and tastefully. Her mid-ranged voice tackles very spiritual content about her Faith in the Lord and really brings a new and fresh approach to the legacy of Gospel music with her compellingly dynamic production and highly intricate song structures.

Delving into the songs themselves, the musicianship factors are unwavering. The rhythmic tempos are extremely neat and tidy and grasp onto composition techniques reminiscent of many jazz and fusion eras, but that’s just one of many components. Her Pop elements also add to the intuitive song structures and really helps carry Bami‘s voice in a way that is front and center, with very tasteful melodies in her vocal approach that resonate perfectly with the bluesy rhythms and chord progressions. This is a modern day triumph of Gospel music that could easily take on a life of its own, and really showcases an amazing range of production techniques and songwriting structures that are rare in Gospel music, if not new altogether.

The most striking part of Streaming Of His Grace is the originality. The record does not emulate any other artist and Bami really delves into a signature sound that is in her own right. You can draw comparisons to her if you think hard enough, but there’s no question that her approach in Gospel is anything but ordinary. If you’re looking for a spiritual record that is also musically fascinating and compelling, then Streaming Of His Grace will absolutely blow your mind.

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