Nataly Dawn

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Nataly Dawn
Nataly Dawn 2014.jpg
Nataly Dawn in 2014
Background information
Birth nameNatalie Knutsen
Born (1986-10-29) October 29, 1986 (age 32)
Sacramento, California, United States
GenresPop rock, blue eyed soul, vocal jazz, indie folk
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
InstrumentsVocals, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar, percussion
Years active2008–present
LabelsNonesuch Records
Associated actsPomplamoose, Jack Conte, Julia Nunes, Lauren O'Connell, Ryan Lerman

Natalie Knutsen (born October 29, 1986), who goes by the stage name Nataly Dawn, is an American singer, songwriter, and musician. She is one half of the duo Pomplamoose with her husband Jack Conte, and has released three solo albums to date, in addition to numerous collaborations with other artists.


The daughter of missionaries, Dawn spent much of her childhood in Europe, where she attended schools in France and Belgium before returning to the United States to study art and French literature at Stanford University.[1]

Jack Conte and Nataly became engaged in January 2016,[2] and were married in May 2016.[3]


At Stanford, Dawn met Jack Conte and formed Pomplamoose, eventually performing, recording, and editing songs and videos entirely on their own in their Northern California home. Their first upload to YouTube was an original collaboration, "Hail Mary", which was featured on the YouTube homepage.[4] In 2010, the duo began releasing cover versions of pop songs like Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" and Lady Gaga's "Telephone".

Solo work[edit]

In 2009, Dawn self-released on iTunes her first solo collection, (Her Earlier Stuff), comprising twelve songs that had been posted to her YouTube channel over the preceding two years.[5][6]

In 2010, in collaboration with Lauren O'Connell, Dawn formed the side project My Terrible Friend.[7] In May 2011, it was announced that she would be joining Barry Manilow on his new album 15 Minutes, contributing vocals to the track "Letter from a Fan / So Heavy, So High".[8]

On July 17, 2011, Dawn announced that she would be releasing a new solo album.[9] She started a funding campaign on Kickstarter, where the initial goal of $20,000 was reached in just three days. On September 6, 2011, the album funding campaign came to a close with 2,315 people donating a grand total of $104,788, more than five times the original goal of $20,000.[10]

In August 2012, Nataly Dawn signed as a solo artist with Nonesuch Records, which released her Kickstarter-funded solo album, How I Knew Her, on February 12, 2013.[11] The album, which has twelve songs written by Dawn, was produced by Jack Conte and recorded at Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, California, in December 2011, with a full band that included Conte, Ryan Lerman, David Piltch, Louis Cole, and Matt Chamberlain.[12] Oz Fritz engineered the album with Conte; it was mixed by Mike Mogis and mastered by Bob Ludwig.[6]

On October 29, 2016, Dawn released her third solo album, Haze.



  • (Her Earlier Stuff)
  1. "Leslie"
  2. "A Happy Song"
  3. "Father Sympathy"
  4. "Let Them Eat Cake"
  5. "Waking Up"
  6. "The Big Idea"
  7. "Hope"
  8. "Baise M'Encor"
  9. "You're Not"
  10. "Save Me"
  11. "The Right Direction"
  12. "My Hands Burn"
  • How I Knew Her
  1. "Araceli"
  2. "Leslie"
  3. "How I Knew Her"
  4. "Back to the Barracks"
  5. "Long Running Joke"
  6. "Counting Down"
  7. "Caroline"
  8. "Please Don't Scream"
  9. "Still a Believer"
  10. "Even Steven"
  11. "Why Did You Marry"
  12. "I Just Wanted You to Get Old"
  • Haze
  • Release date: October 29, 2016
  • Label: Nataly Dawn Music
  • Format: Vinyl, CD, digital download
  1. "I Could Lose"
  2. "Haze"
  3. "Orchid"
  4. "The Audience"
  5. "For the Record"
  6. "Maybe If"
  7. "Old Friend"
  8. "Call Your Love"
  9. "Waiting Room"
  10. "Amen"

Music videos[edit]

  • "I Just Wanted You to Get Old"[13]
  • "Please Don't Scream"[14]
  • "Leslie"[15]
  • "Araceli"[16]
  • "How I Knew Her"[17]
  • "Why Did You Marry"[18]


  1. ^ Carolyn Said (December 13, 2010). "Musicians' unusual offer benefits Richmond schools". SFGate. Retrieved January 6, 2014. Conte and Nataly Dawn became engaged in January 2016, and were married in May 2016.
  2. ^ Mornings with Pomplamoose (January 11, 2016), We Got Engaged!, retrieved September 10, 2018
  3. ^ JackConteExtras (June 14, 2016), we got MARRIED!, retrieved September 10, 2018
  4. ^ "PomplamooseMusic". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  5. ^ "iTunes – Music – (Her Earlier Stuff) by Nataly Dawn". September 9, 2009. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "How I Knew Her | Nonesuch Records". Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Barry Manilow to Release "15 Minutes" on June 14th @ARTISTdirect". Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  9. ^ Archived August 1, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "Nataly Dawn's first solo album by Nataly Dawn – Kickstarter". Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  11. ^ "Nonesuch Signs Singer/Songwriter Nataly Dawn; Solo Album from Pomplamoose Singer, "How I Knew Her," Due January 2013". August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "Prairie Sun's May 2012 Newsletter". December 13, 2011. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  13. ^ "I Just Wanted You to Get Old – From Nataly Dawn's Album, "How I Knew Her"". YouTube. January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  14. ^ "Please Don't Scream – From Nataly Dawn's Album, "How I Knew Her"". YouTube. December 5, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  15. ^ "Leslie – From Nataly Dawn's Album, "How I Knew Her"". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  16. ^ "Araceli – From Nataly Dawn's Album, "How I Knew Her"". YouTube. September 4, 2012. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  17. ^ "How I Knew Her – From Nataly Dawn's Album, "How I Knew Her"". YouTube. February 11, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2014.
  18. ^ "Why Did You Marry – Nataly Dawn". YouTube. Retrieved January 6, 2014.

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