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NF
NF photo 2016.jpg
NF in 2016
Born
Nathan John Feuerstein

(1991-03-30) March 30, 1991 (age 28)
OccupationRapper, singer, songwriter
Years active2010–present
Spouse(s)
Bridgette Doremus (m. 2018)
Musical career
GenresHip hop, Christian hip hop
LabelsCapitol, Capitol CMG, Xist
Websitenfrealmusic.com

Nathan John Feuerstein (/ˈf.ərstn/; born March 30, 1991), known professionally as NF (stylized as ИF), is an American rapper, singer and songwriter. He released an EP in 2014 with Capitol CMG, NF, which was his breakthrough release on the Billboard charts. He has released three studio albums: Mansion in 2015, Therapy Session in 2016 and Perception in 2017, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Perception's third single, "Let You Down", brought him worldwide fame; it charted internationally and was certified triple platinum in the United States. NF's fourth studio album, The Search, is set to be released on July 26, 2019.[1]

Early life[edit]

NF was born Nathan John Feuerstein,[2] in Gladwin, Michigan, on March 30,[3][4] 1991.[5] His parents divorced, and he was raised by his mother until his father had to take him away when her boyfriend abused him.[6] His mother died from an overdose in 2009 which led to him dedicating the song "How Could You Leave Us" to her.[7] He graduated from Gladwin High School in 2009, and was on the basketball team.[8] NF started his career at the Fine Arts Festival organized by Connection Church in Canton, Michigan.[9]

Career[edit]

Feuerstein stated that, during his childhood, rap was an escape for him. He would record songs on a karaoke machine, recording instrumentals on one microphone and his raps on the other. On November 29, 2010, Feuerstein independently-released his debut studio album Moments under his real name. On August 2, 2011, he released his debut single "Alone". The song featured songwriter and producer Tommee Profitt and Brooke Griffith. In 2012, Feuerstein's work attracted the attention of Xist Music. On May 2, 2012, he released his debut extended play I'm Free with production work from Proffit. The tracklist consisted of nine songs including "Alone". The EP also included an exclusive version of "Alone" featuring Sean Simmonds. Xist teased for the release of the self-titled extended play, NF, but Feuerstein parted ways with the label after a dispute and the production of NF was postponed.[5][10] Despite this, NF featured a song "Only One", featuring Shuree Williams, in the label's compilation album, Move Vol 1. He released a single, "Beautiful Addiction", on November 4, 2013. The song again featured an appearance from Profitt, as well as vocals from Brady Schmitz and Danielle Swift.

Feuerstein signed to Capitol Christian Music Group in 2014, before the release of the EP, NF[10] This project was his breakthrough release on the Billboard, as it charted on the Christian Albums chart at No. 12, on the Top Gospel Albums at No. 4, and on the Top Rap Albums at No. 15.[11][12] This extended play was reviewed by Jesus Freak Hideout and New Release Tuesday, receiving two three-and-a-half-star reviews.[13][14] CCM Magazine reviewed the EP and awarded it four stars.[15] His first studio album, Mansion, was released on March 31, 2015 by Capitol CMG.[16]

His song "Intro" is included in the video game Madden NFL 16.[17] NF's songs have been played on ESPN, VH1, Showtime, NBC's Chicago P.D., Grimm, Shades of Blue and in the season finale trailer of Fox's Empire. His music video for "Intro" premiered on MTV.com's homepage, and the video has also appeared on MTVU, AbsolutePunk, 2DOPEBOYZ, Raps & Hustles and The College Dropouts.

His second studio album, Therapy Session, was released on April 22, 2016.[18] "I Just Wanna Know" was released as a single on April 8, 2016 and "Real" was released on April 22, 2016.[19] "Warm Up" was released as a non-album single on September 8, 2016.[20]

On October 6, 2017, NF released his third studio album, Perception.[21] The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it his first chart topping album and only the second artist in 2017 to release a number one album without having charted on the Hot 100.[22] The next week, "Let You Down" became his first single to chart on the Hot 100, debuting at 87.[23] It became a sleeper hit, taking 17 weeks to reach its peak at number 12.[24] After the success of Perception he announced he would begin touring mid-2018 with rappers Logic and Kyle.[25] It was certified platinum—selling over 1,000,000 units—by the RIAA on January 11, 2019.[26]

In 2018, NF released two non-album singles, "No Name" on January 19[27] and "WHY" on June 18.[28]

On May 30, 2019, Feuerstein released the single "The Search", along with a music video. He used the single to advertise for an album of the same name to be released on July 26, 2019.[1]

Style[edit]

Feuerstein has credited Eminem as his prime influence in hip hop, claiming that at one point that was all he listened to. NF's style has also been compared to Logic and Machine Gun Kelly. Although he found his musical upbringing in Christian hip-hop, Feuerstein has denied his label as a Christian rapper, saying "I’m a Christian, but I don't make Christian music. You’re not going to reach everyone with just one point of view. I write about things I’m actually dealing with. You don't have to be Christian to relate to them."[29]

In 2013, Feuerstein appeared on Christian hip-hop artist Flame's album Royal Flush on the track, "Start Over". In 2015, his feature on TobyMac's This Is Not a Test track "Til the Day I Die" gained him fame and recognition in the Christian hip-hop genre. Feuerstein's 2017 collaboration with Futuristic, "Epiphany" enhanced his career in the secular rap industry.[30][31]

Personal life[edit]

Feuerstein married Bridgette Doremus in early September 2018.[32]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Studio albums
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
US
[33]
US
Christ.

[34]
US
Rap

[35]
AUS
[36]
BEL
(FL)

[37]
CAN
[38]
DEN
[39]
NLD
[40]
NOR
[41]
SWE
[42]
Mansion
  • Released: March 31, 2015
  • Label: Capitol CMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
62 1 9
Therapy Session
  • Released: April 22, 2016
  • Label: Capitol CMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
12 1 1 43
Perception
  • Released: October 6, 2017[43]
  • Label: Capitol, NF Real Music LLC
  • Format: CD, digital download
1 1 73 108 14 8 82 10 22
The Search
  • To be released: July 26, 2019[1]
  • Label: Capitol, NF Real Music LLC
  • Format: CD, digital download
To be released

Compilation albums[edit]

Compilation albums
Title Album details
Move Vol. 1[46][unreliable source?]
  • Released: August 28, 2012
  • Label: Xist, Central South
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Mixtapes[edit]

Mixtapes
Title Mixtape details
Moments
(as Nathan Feuerstein)
  • Released: November 29, 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD, digital download

EPs[edit]

List of EPs, with selected chart positions
Title EP details Peak chart positions
US
Christ.

[11]
US
Gospel

[11]
US
Rap

[11]
UK
C & G

I'm Free[47]
  • Released: May 1, 2012
  • Label: Xist
  • Format: CD, digital download
NF
  • Released: August 5, 2014[13]
  • Label: Capitol CMG
  • Format: CD, digital download
12 4 15 17

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[48]
US
R&B
/HH

[49]
US
Christ

[50]
AUS
[51]
CAN
[52]
IRE
[53]
NOR
[41]
NZ
[54]
SWE
[55]
UK
[56]
"Alone"
(with Tommee Profitt & Brooke Griffith)[57]
2011 non-album singles
"Beautiful Addiction"
(with Brady Schmitz, Tommee Profitt & Danielle Swift)
2013
"Intro" 2015 26 Mansion
"Wait" 28
"All I Have" 39
"Intro 2" 2016 17 Therapy Session
"I Just Wanna Know" 15
"Real" 16
"Warm Up"[58] 13 non-album single
"Outro"[59] 2017 14 Perception
"Green Lights"[60] 11
"Let You Down" 12 6 1 7 15 4 2 7 2 6
"No Name"[67] 2018 82 35 non-album single
"Lie" 48 19 Perception
"Why" [A] [B] The Search
"If You Want Love"[72] 2019 [C] Perception
"The Search" 70 27 59 69
[75]
[D] 88 The Search
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak positions Album
US
Christ

[50]
"Start Over"[77]
(Flame featuring NF)
2013 Royal Flush
"Till the Day I Die"[78]
(TobyMac featuring NF)
2015 29 This Is Not a Test
"The One with My Friends"
(Marty featuring NF, John Givez, Wordsplayed, Kaleb Mitchell and Fern)
Marty for President
"Epiphany"[79][80]
(Futuristic featuring NF)
2017 Blessings

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
Christ

[81]
US
Christ
Digital
Sales

[82]
"Wake Up" 2015 49 40 Mansion
"Mansion"
(featuring Fleurie)
30 44
"I'll Keep On"
(featuring Jeremiah Carlson of The Neverclaim)
19 14
"Notepad" 44
"Grindin'"
(featuring Marty of Social Club)
2016 19 46 Therapy Session
"Therapy Session" 19 14
"Oh Lord" 20 14
"How Could You Leave Us" 23 11
"Got You on My Mind" 29 31
"Lost in the Moment"
(featuring Jonathan Thulin)
33 38
"Statement" 38
"All I Do" 39
"I Can Feel It" 43
"Wish You Wouldn't" 44
"Can You Hold Me"
(featuring Britt Nicole)
2017 [E] Mansion

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • WOW Hits Party Mix (deluxe edition), 2015: "All I Have" (PRO_FITT Remix)
  • WOW Hits 2016, 2015: "I'll Keep On" (featuring Jeremiah Carlson of The Neverclaim)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Nominee Award Result Ref.
2016 "I Just Wanna Know" Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song

of the Year

Nominated [87]
Therapy Session Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year Won [88]
2017 "Oh Lord" Rap/Hip Hop Recorded Song

of the Year

Won [89]
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Himself Best New Pop Artist Nominated [citation needed]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Why" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[70]
  2. ^ "Why" did not enter the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but peaked at No. 9 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.[71]
  3. ^ "If You Want Love" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at No. 39 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.[73]
  4. ^ "The Search" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 12 on the NZ Hot Singles Chart.[76]
  5. ^ "Can You Hold Me" did not enter the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart, but peaked at No. 18 on the Christian Streaming Songs chart.[86]

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