Kills performing in 2014.
|Birth name||Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher|
|Also known as|
15 August 1986 |
Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
|Associated acts||Perez Hilton, will.i.am, Akon, David Guetta, Afrojack, Madonna|
Natalia Cappuccini (born Natalia Noemi Keery-Fisher; 15 August 1986), better known by her stage name Natalia Kills, is an English recording artist, record producer, fashion designer, actress and director. She was born, and raised a part of her early life in Bradford. Kills studied at the Bradford Girls' Grammar School before briefly attending the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She withdrew from LAMDA to focus on her musical career. She soon began performing in the hip hop music scene and get signed by Adventures in Music in 2003. However, this agreement was stopped two years later, following disappointing sales of a debut single as well as financial difficulties encountered by the record label. By the end of 2008, record executive and producer will.i.am signed her to his label will.i.am Music Group, an imprint of Interscope Records. Initially working as a songwriter at Cherrytree Records, her vocal abilities captured the attention of recording artist Akon, who also signed her to Kon Live Distribution, his own label under Interscope. She released her debut album, Perfectionist, in 2011, and her second album, Trouble, in September 2013.
Kills was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to a British father of Afro-Jamaican heritage and a Uruguayan mother, and attended Bradford Girls' Grammar School. Her family, then affluent, left Bradford when Kills was a child, moving from country to country, and her early years were spent between England, Jamaica, and Spain. Kills' father was arrested and imprisoned in 1999 on undisclosed charges, and her family, subsequently impoverished, moved to London. Acting professionally since the age of nine, Kills continued her education at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where she studied classical drama. With a difficult home life, Kills ran away when she was 14, and shifted her focus away from acting. "The minute I moved out when I was 14 and I ran away from home, I decided I could be whoever I wanted to be, and that I could be myself and I didn't want to be an actress anymore," Kills said in a 2013 interview with Stuff Magazine.
Kills has described her teenage years as "degenerate," stating that she tried to set her ex-boyfriend's house on fire while both were in it. Kills had frequent legal trouble and periodically experienced suicidal depression. She was also briefly involved with a religious cult.
1995–2010: Career beginnings
Kills made her acting debut at age 9 in 1995 in New Voices. She had a regular role as Sima on the TV sitcom All About Me and also played Amy Franks in the BBC's long-running radio drama The Archers. She began writing songs at 14, some of which were featured in films and television shows, including Bring It On 4, Sleepover, Just My Luck, and Entourage. After finishing with The Archers in 2003, Kills began pursuing a music career and had a significant breakthrough as "Candy Rapper" in 2003, when she won a BBC Radio 1 MC Battle in Leeds. She signed to the UK record company Adventures in Music and released her first single "Don't Play Nice" under the name Verbalicious in February 2005. Kills told W that her childhood nickname from her mother was "Verbal" because she talked and sang a lot. She adopted the name and variations of it as her stage name at some points during her career.
In 2007, while writing music for films, Kills posted Wommanequin, a demo she produced and wrote, to MySpace. The song received 2 million plays on the website, and Kills reached the top of the unsigned artists chart. With offers coming in for concerts and festivals, Kills traveled to Los Angeles, where she met with record labels and producers including Akon and Justin Timberlake. A DJ introduced her to will.i.am after hearing her demo and learning that she did not have a record deal. In January 2009, will.i.am signed her to his record label, will.i.am Music Group."We had a really good creative chemistry," she said in a 2011 Billboard interview. During this time she (under the name Verse) also co-wrote and appeared on "They Talk Shit About Me" by French recording artist M. Pokora and met underground director Guillaume Doubet, who would go on to direct many of her videos, in Paris.
Kills moved to Los Angeles in 2008. Arriving without money or a place to live, Kills "lived out of these motels, bumming around, trying to work with or make songs with anyone who would have me for a couple of hours in the studio. I was a degenerate. I was terrible. I did awful things. I was just trying to survive and I was too young to know better."
Kills adopted the stage name Natalia Kills reportedly after her record company advised her that her legal name, "Natalia Cappuccini" (her grandmother's surname) was "indescribable." She explained in an interview that she chose "Kills" from the interjection "you killed it!," representing her tendency to be a perfectionist.
Kills released her debut album Perfectionist in Germany in April 2011 following the release of her first single, "Mirrors," which hit the German Top 10. The album was described as a concept album by Kills, who claimed everybody is a perfectionist. It featured production by Jeff Bhasker and Fernando Garibay, who had worked with Lady Gaga. The album was accompanied by four singles, "Mirrors," "Wonderland," "Free" and "Kill My Boyfriend." The first three singles were minor hits in several European countries but failed to chart in the US or UK. Kills opened for Kelis's European All Hearts Tour, and supported Robyn on her Body Talk Tour in November 2010 and early 2011. She also supported Kesha on the UK leg of her Get Sleazy Tour. Kills additionally opened eight shows for Katy Perry during her California Dreams Tour in Europe and São Paulo, Brazil. She also opened for the Black Eyed Peas over the summer of 2011 in Europe. Two tracks from Perfectionist, “Free” feat. will.i.am, and “Mirrors,” went Top 10 in Europe and achieved sales of over 750,000.
Kills was featured on LMFAO's 2011 single, "Champagne Showers," as well as on Junior Caldera's single "Lights Out (Go Crazy)" with Far East Movement. It was released on 13 March 2012. Kills also features in Tatana's single, "You Can't Get in My Head (If You Can't Get in My Bed)." "Zombie", was used in an episode of Face Off.
2012–14: Trouble and other endeavors
On 14 September 2012, Kills unveiled the video for "Controversy" to start promotion of her second studio album, Trouble, which was released on 3 September 2013, through will.i.am/Cherrytree/Interscope Records. Recorded in Los Angeles and New York, Trouble was written and recorded in collaboration with Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie, who has worked with Lana Del Rey, Kid Cudi, and Eminem, among others. Centered around her troubled childhood, the album received positive critical attention, with Idolator writing "Kills has grown as a songwriter, now mining her experiences (in particular, her tortured past) with a richness and authenticity." The video for the track "Problem," the album's first single, was released in June, 2013; in it, Kills reenacts her first few years in Hollywood. Kills co-directed the clip, which features model Adonis Bosso. "Saturday Night" was the album's second single. Exploring themes of domestic abuse and drug addiction, as well as Kills' relationship with her parents, the video for the track was directed by Guillaume Doubet.
Kills attended an after-party for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held on 25 August 2013 in Brooklyn, New York City, where she performed various songs from Trouble. She said she was working to "making something on stage that is remotely accurate" to the cover art of the album and the sound of the songs. Two days later, the song "Outta Time" was released as the album's second promotional recording free of charge in a Polydor Records newsletter, coinciding with the US release of Trouble. On the same day, a lyric video for "Outta Time" was released on YouTube. Trouble was officially released on 3 September 2013 as a digital download in the United States and Canada. A Compact Disc release was sent to stores in the US and Canada on 10 and 17 September 2013.
For the US release of Trouble, "Boys Don't Cry" was premiered on the website of the magazine Glamour. On 18 October 2013, a remix of the song was available on Cosmopolitan. To promote the album and its singles, Kills was interviewed by a number of magazines and websites, including Billboard, Teen Vogue, Ladygunn, Refinery29, Playboy. On 9 October 2013, Kills performed at a Chicago nightclub, and on 31 December 2013 she performed at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. She also performed an acoustic set for Yahoo! Music. During a promotional trip in New Zealand, Kills attended the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
After an uncredited appearance during the introduction of the track Black Dahlia from American rapper Angel Haze's debut album Dirty Gold, released in late 2013, Kills decided to collaborate a second time with Haze for a remix of her song Problem. Produced and realized by Kills' boyfriend, New Zealand-born musician Willy Moon, this remix has been unveiled online on February 11, 2014.
Eight days later, a music video for the title track Trouble, directed by filmmaker Emile Rafael, made its premiere on her VEVO channel. In the continuity of the two previous singles' music videos, this one shows the singer's past disappointments including her tumultuous love life centered on illicit drugs and violence. However, this was an "off-promotion" project and not a real single knowing that no digital or physical release was published as such, except from a Cherry Cherry Boom Boom remix featuring Canadian musician Peaches.
2014–present: New projects and international breakthrough
On 27 February 2014, Cherrytree Records hinted via a twet that Kills was in studio in Stockholm, some time after a performance on stage at a gala evening in Moscow, accompanied by electronic music producers David Guetta and Giorgio Tuinfort. The trio was later joined by Dutch producer Afrojack, then by American songwriter Martin Kierszenbaum  and finally by Swedish DJ Avicii. Several pictures of the team in studio were posted on Kills' Instagram account, including one where she indicates composing a new track. This last minute meeting was conducted in order to work on a new project that remains uncertain: independent, for Guetta' upcoming sixth studio album, planned for summer 2014 or even Kills' future record. Foremost, this collaboration aims to sign her international breakthrough.
A month later during the week of March 17, 2014, Kills was briefly seen in the streets of New York City, shooting a commercial for Venezuelan designer Carolina Herrera's fragrance, 212 VIP Rosé. Photos taken during the shoot leaked online, with new scenes filmed indoors.
On April 10, 2014, American singer-songwriter Madonna posted a picture of herself on her Instagram account, alongside with Kills and Kierszenbaum in a recording studio with caption saying "Working the midnight shift with Natalia Kills. 2 girls on a couch..........don't it taste like Holy Water?". The two performers met to work on a song together, entitled Holy Water, for Madonna's upcoming thirteenth studio album.
|1995||New Voices||Pearl||Episode: "The Treasure of Zavimbi"|
|2002–2004||All About Me||Sima||Main cast|
|2003||Casualty||Samina Khan||Episode: "Stuck in the Middle with You"|
|2003||Coronation Street||Laura Mangen||2 episodes|
|2004||Doctors||Hazel Perry||Episode: "A Decisive Moment"|
|2004||Blue Murder||Anisa Khan||Episode: "Fragile Relations"|
|2005||No Angels||Sujata||Episode #2.7|
|2006||Silent Witness||Kelly Wetherby||Episode: "Supernova: Part 1"|
|2006||Tripping Over||Julie||2 episodes|
|2007||Cape Wrath||Kerry||Episode: "Pilot"|
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