Natalie Walker

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Natalie Walker
Origin Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Genres Electronica, trip hop, pop, indie rock
Occupation(s) Musician, vocalist, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–current
Labels Plain Jane[disambiguation needed], Dorado
Associated acts Daughter Darling, Mouchette
Website natalie-walker.com

Natalie Walker is an American vocalist, songwriter and musician from Indiana[1] who first came to prominence as part of the group Daughter Darling. While her time in the low-key electronica trip hop outfit was promising, Walker decided on a solo career, and released her first album Urban Angel in 2006, which was produced by the duo Stuhr (Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg). The album made minor waves commercially, but it was a pair of songs from the full-length that helped Walker's career, one of which, a remix of "Quicksand", was featured in the Sofia Coppola film Marie Antoinette, while another "Waking Dream" was featured in "Cansada de Besar Sapos" film, "Circles", made it to television, featuring in an episode of Grey's Anatomy. Her follow-up, With You, was released in 2008, and also featured production by Stuhr. Walker has released a new EP titled Spark which hit stores June 21, 2011 via Dorado music and features production by Ted Bruner (Katy Perry, Kesha, Plain White T's) and Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg of Stuhr, the Brooklyn-based production team behind 2008’s With You and her 2006 solo debut, Urban Angel.

Biography[edit]

Growing up in a born again Christian family,[1] Walker spent her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana. She attended Avon High School from 1996 to 2000 in Avon, Indiana. She started her first band when she was a junior in high school and played small coffee shop and festival gigs around town. At first, Natalie was influenced by bands and artists like Portishead, Ani DiFranco, U2, Alison Krauss and Björk. Later, Natalie attended a Christian college for two years before moving to Philadelphia to form 'Daughter Darling'. She in recent years has claimed to be agnostic and often writes about her struggle to break free from conventional religion. Natalie currently resides is Denver, CO.[citation needed]

Daughter Darling[edit]

After Daughter Darling's initial search for a vocalist failed to produce any results, Travis and Steven Fogelman posted an advertisement on a website, which was answered by Walker, whose acoustic roots were founded in folk and funk singing, downloaded the backing for "Sad and Lonely", and recorded the vocals the next day. She left college a year later, and joined the group. Daughter Darling's debut album Sweet Shadows was released on Plain Jane Records in 2002 and was nominated "Best CD of 2003" at the Philadelphia Music Awards.

Urban Angel[edit]

Urban Angel, her solo album debut, was co-written by Walker with producers Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg (of Stuhr). Walker has said that she wanted each song to be unforgettable.[1]

Spark[edit]

Natalie Walker’s third studio album is a captivating blend of electronic and acoustic textures as a foundation for her richly expressive vocals. She wrote and recorded half the album with her previous collaborators Dan Chen and Nate Greenberg, AKA Brooklyn-based production team Stuhr (Mya, Nicole Atkins, Bebel Gilberto), and half with L.A. writer-producer Ted Bruner (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Plain White T’s). The music occupies a sweet spot between pop and electronica, incorporating Moog, vocoders, cellos and pianos into its buttery, evocative mix. The songs on the album are very personal to Natalie, “I revealed things about myself in that song that I’d never said publicly,” she relates. “But Ted refused to let me include a single detail that wasn’t true.”

Strange Bird[edit]

Natalie Walker returns in March with her first album in three years, Strange Bird. Her last release, Spark, won Walker the praise not only of Katy Perry, who tweeted her song "Mars," but also of Billy Corgan. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman actually contacted her to tell her how much he loved her version of "Galapogos." "I was blown away," admits Walker. "Billy Corgan was one of my teen idols. So it's cool to get that recognition from this guy who wrote [the] songs that shaped a lot of my teenage moments." Spark was also championed by Jason Bentley of KCRW-FM, a station that has supported Walker's music from the beginning.

Highlights of Strange Bird range from the ballad "Nothing Lasts Forever" to more upbeat, nocturnal fare like "Skywalker" and "Lightning" to the haunting album closer, "Deja Vu." All these songs are given grandly atmospheric backdrops by L.A.-based producer Malina, whose previous credits include a stint with Nine Inch Nails. The two met through Walker's brother. "I told my brother that I needed a mad scientist," she remembers. "He didn't mention [Malina] right away but a couple of minutes later, he was like, 'Oh! I know just the guy.' And he was right." Perhaps the best example of their collaboration is Strange Bird's autobiographical title track. "It's about me as a little girl and how shy I was," says Walker. "I didn't like singing in public; I always sang by myself… Everybody thought I was weird. A strange bird!"

Strange Bird will be release March 10, 2015 [1]

Discography[edit]

Daughter Darling[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Urban Angel (LP, 2006)
  • No One Else (EP, 2006)
  • Quicksand (EP, 2006)
  • Crush (Single, 2006)
  • Waking Dream (King Britt Remix) (Single, 2008)
  • Over & Under (EP, 2008)
  • Pink Neon (EP, 2008)
  • With You (LP, 2008)
  • Live at The Bunker (Live EP, 2009)
  • With You (Dive Index Remix) (Single, 2009)
  • Uptight (Single, 2011)
  • Cool Kids (EP, 2011)
  • Spark (LP, 2011)

Mouchette[edit]

Side projects[edit]

  • Dive Index - Mid/Air (LP, 2007)
  • Dive Index - Collisions: The Mid/Air Remixes (Remix LP, 2008)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Natalie Walker Official Site. 2006. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 

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