“We break a sweat and complicate it, while others like to sit and judge. It's no surprise we lose ourselves in this fight.”
— Natalie Staley
As far as I can remember, I have always had a knack for being creative. It was at the age of five, singing my heart out to The Little Mermaid when I realized I wanted to be a singer. Whitney Houston, TLC, SWV, and Mariah Carey are just a few artists from the 90's who highly influenced me at such a young age. It was almost like I felt very naughty for listening to their music because I was so young, but I couldn't stop! I was addicted to MTV!
At the age of six, my mother started taking piano lessons. Every time she sat down to practice, I simply couldn't resist. I had to come over and start pounding on the keys, and in that moment she said, "That's it! You're taking piano lessons." I didn't argue, at all.
There were times growing up where I obviously didn't want to practice. I was a kid after all, and all kids want to play and be with their friends; however I felt so much joy from the response I would receive when people heard me play. Shortly after that I was able to sing and play at the same time. I was very advanced for my age, being classically trained, both instrumentally and vocally.
I participated in choirs and took years and years of lessons. I had my fair share of recitals and concerts and went to school for music. During, and after my years learning about Music Education, I started teaching music for a living. I love teaching and I am good at it. I figure the more love for music that you can spread around, it helps the world become a better place. Expression boosts confidence. Expression also relieves pain and usually conveys messages, meaningful to the artist. Audiences of all groups will either love it, hate it, or be indifferent.
I always know that there will be at least one person out there who digs my stuff, and if they don't, who cares. I don't fret because I know I am one of many, just doing my own thing, and doing something I love. Like I quoted in one of my songs, "We break a sweat and complicate it, while others like to sit and judge. It's no surprise we lose ourselves in this fight." I don't intend to lose myself to anything or anyone, except to the music that I love dearly. What's better than music in that, which I could lose myself to?