Nathaniel Willemse

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Nathaniel Willemse
Nathaniel Willemse 2014.jpg
Willemse at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards
Background information
Born South Africa
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
Years active 2008–present
Labels
  • Mummy's Boy Records (2008)
  • DNA/Sony (2013–present)
Website nathanielofficial.com.au

Nathaniel Willemse, often known simply as Nathaniel, is an Australian singer and songwriter most notable for finishing sixth on the fourth series of The X Factor Australia. In 2013, he signed a recording contract with DNA Songs' label through Sony Music Australia, and released the single "You", which peaked at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Early life[edit]

Nathaniel Willemse was born in South Africa and moved to Melbourne, Australia when he was six years-old.[1] In 2006, he auditioned for Australian Idol series four and made it to the top 24 round before being eliminated.[2] On 22 January 2008, Willemse released his debut single "Vertigo" exclusively on iTunes, through Mummy's Boy Records.[3][4][5] The single's release also included two B-side tracks, "Shall Be Told" and "Home", each co-written by Willemse.[3][4] On 29 October 2011, Willemse independently released his first extended play, EP,[6] and second single, "You Are the One".[7] Before applying for The X Factor Australia in 2012, Willemse was a vocal coach and a wedding singer.[8]

Career[edit]

2012: The X Factor Australia[edit]

Willemse successfully auditioned for the fourth series of The X Factor in 2012 singing John Mayer's "Gravity".[9] During the super bootcamp stage of the competition, Willemse sang "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas and "You Give Me Something" by James Morrison. Willemse made it to the home visits as part of the Over 25s category.[9] For the first live performance show on 17 September 2012, Willemse sang Beyoncé's "Love on Top" and received praise from all four judges. Mel B called the performance "incredible" and said that his voice is "bloody marvellous", while Ronan Keating added that he has a lot of soul.[10] Willemse then made his way through to the top six. His performance of "The Scientist" debuted at number 75 on the ARIA Singles Chart after his performance in the fourth week.[11] In week seven, Willemse was placed in the bottom two with Samantha Jade after his performance of "Red" by Daniel Merriweather. The performance reached number 91 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[11] In the final showdown he sang "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye. Guy Sebastian labelled the decision as "stupid" while Keating said he was "embarrassed" by the viewer voting. After the judges split the decision at two votes all, Willemse was eliminated in deadlock after having the lowest number of votes.[12][13]

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

     denotes having reached the ARIA Singles Chart.
     denotes having been in the bottom two.
     denotes having been eliminated.

2013–present: After The X Factor[edit]

In January 2013, Willemse embarked on the X Factor Live Tour with Samantha Jade, The Collective, Bella Ferraro, Shiane Hawke and Jason Owen.[14] They performed shows in the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.[14] On 6 May 2013, Willemse announced on his Facebook page that he had signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia.[15] He is the first artist signed to DNA Songs' label through Sony.[16][17] He released "You" on 27 September 2013, as his first single with the label.[18] In Australia, it peaked at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified two times Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales over 140,000 copies.[19][20] On the New Zealand Singles Chart, "You" peaked at number 16.[21] In November 2013, Willemse was the supporting act for Jessica Mauboy's To the End of the Earth Tour.[22] On 24 January 2014, Willemse released a cover of "I Am Australian" with Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson, to coincide with the Australia Day celebrations.[23][24] The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[19]

Willemse's next single "You're Beautiful" was released on 28 February 2014,[25] and debuted at number 14 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[19] A sixth single "Live Louder" was released on 5 September 2014[26] and peaked at number 4.[19] It was certified Platinum by ARIA for sales exceeding 70,000 copies.[20] Willemse returned to The X Factor on 15 September 2014 to perform the song live.[27] In October 2014, Willemse performed at Australia's first ever neo-soul, jazz and hip-hop festival, Soulfest.[28] In November 2014, he was the supporting act for Mariah Carey's Australian leg of her tour, The Elusive Chanteuse Show.[29]

Personal life[edit]

On 11 January 2015, Willemse married his long-time girlfriend, model Fujan Erfanian on a tropical island in Langkawi, Malaysia.[30][31] The couple had been dating since before Willemse made his debut in the public eye on The X Factor Australia.[32]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
EP
  • Released: 29 October 2011[6]
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[19]
NZ
[21]
"Vertigo"[3] 2008 N/A
"You Are the One"[7] 2011 EP
"You" 2013 4 16 Debut studio album[33]
"I Am Australian"[23]
(with Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade and Taylor Henderson)
2014 51 N/A
"You're Beautiful" 14 Debut studio album[33]
"Live Louder" 4
  • ARIA: Platinum[20]
"Flava"[34] 2015
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.

Charity singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Notes
AUS
[19]
"This Woman's Work"
(as part of Hope for Isla and Jude)
2014 79

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
AUS[11]
"The Scientist" 2012 75
"Red" 91

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"You" 2013 Toby Angwin[36]
"You're Beautiful" 2014
"Live Louder"

Tours[edit]

Headlining
  • The X Factor Live Tour (2013)[14]
Supporting act

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Recipient Award Result
2014 World Music Awards Himself World's Best Male Artist[37] Nominated
World's Best Live Act[38] Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year[39] Nominated
"You" World's Best Song[40] Nominated
World's Best Video[41] Nominated
APRA Music Awards Pop Work of the Year[42] Nominated
Most Played Australian Work[43] Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[44] Song of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

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  40. ^ "Nomination for World's Best Song". World Music Awards. Archived from the original on 26 February 2014. 
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