Natasha Anne Bedingfield (born 26 November 1981) is a British singer and songwriter.
Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music. It enjoyed international success with more than 2.3 million copies sold worldwide.
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Today is the 26th of November which means it is Natasha’s 31st Birthday! I would like to take a moment to thank Natasha for being a wonderful role model to myself and million of other people around the world. It’s so hard to find a singer that make us feel so much better. Really, when I’m sad I just listen to her songs, it’s like magic, I feel so much better.
We’ve watched her grow since her debut album, Unwritten, and we’ve watched her mature through her singing and writting careers. She is such a beautiful woman with a heart of gold and a passion for her work. On behalf of the staff at NatashaFan.com, we would love to wish Natasha a very Happy Birthday.
Natasha Bedingfield talks writing rituals and style
Scene’s Nyree caught up with the lovely, bubbly and very talented singer-songwriter
So, what do you think of Dubai so far? I arrived late last night so I didn’t see the surroundings until this morning and it took my breath away because it’s so beautiful. I feel like I’m on a ship or something because I have a really good panoramic view of the ocean [Natasha was staying at the Grosvenor House].
You’ve been singing your whole life, what are your earliest memories of music?
I grew up in a very musical home and my brother obviously sings. In fact all the kids in my family – there’s four of us – sing. I thought everybody sang, and then I guess when I turned about 12 I realised that not everyone can, and I started writing songs. I was
very drawn to songwriting.
Can you remember the first song you wrote?
Yeah, it’s probably a song about not being able to write. I remember this incredible urge – I had all this stuff locked up inside me and didn’t know how to get it out. I was very shy, and very self judging. I just thought everything I did was bad, but then I worked on my self-esteem… and also realised that you have to write a few bad songs before you write a good one…
Even still, I imagine?
Yeah – if you have writer’s block you have to just start and then you write a few rubbish ones and then you get to the gold.
Speaking of getting to the gold – do you have a ritual or process?
I definitely feel like tea is important. Twinings or PG Tips… although coffee’s not a bad substitute! I’m not sure if I have a ritual. I like to just be in the studio and have a microphone set up, and then I sing all my ideas directly into it, so it’s very much like brainstorming. And I have to make sure I have no filter at that point. I just sing out every idea I have, that way I’m not judging myself. And then I come back and start tweaking it – and that’s the hard part.
Can you remember a moment that sparked one of your big hits?
Unwritten came from a poem that I wrote for my younger brother for his birthday. Him becoming a teenager reminded me of all the uncertainty you feel at that age, and that whole song sprang from that.
Your music spreads quite a positive message, is that intentional?
I’m quite melancholic and I write about twice as many sad songs, it’s just that people like the happy songs more. Even on the albums, there’s a darker side.
What song exemplifies that side for you?
There’s a song called Soulmate, and people can interpret a song however they like, and it sounds like it could be a song about your love being out there, but I actually wrote it at a very sad time when I realised that someone wasn’t my soulmate. Pocketful Of Sunshine also comes from feeling rejected, but it has a positive feel. It’s just about whatever helps transport you to a better place in tough times.
Which of your songs do you feel closest to?
I normally like about track seven or eight on my albums. They’re hidden in there. I have a real struggle within myself because I’m just good at writing pop songs, but I have a quirky element. Within my albums there’s this kind of war within myself, trying to marry the two things together.
What do you mean by quirky?
Like kind of alternative, like a lot of my influences – Radiohead – and then Jamaican influences, and Lauryn Hill, and then Bjork.
So who is your number one musical inspiration?
That’s a really hard question – I love Lauryn Hill. I love Floetry, but I always listen to male singers more than female singers. People like Stevie Wonder and Sting…
Speaking of male singers, do you get your brother – Daniel Bedingfield – to listen to your stuff first?
No, he’s the last person to listen to my music!
We’re good mates and I feel like it’s because we don’t show each other our music. We don’t get involved… it’s always been the best way. I worship him, he is my first original idol – he’s two years older than me, and he could sing like Michael Jackson when he was two years old. I watched the video of Justin Bieber drumming as a kid, and I was like, ‘yeah, that’s just how my brother was’, only better! I love Justin, but my brother’s better. I guess I also don’t show him my music because I feel intimidated.
You’re working on an album right now, what can we expect?
It’s a new fresh sound. You’ll definitely recognise me in there, it doesn’t sound like a new person, but it is more soulful…
Who would you love to collaborate with?
Bruno Mars – I’m talking to a lot of people about collaborations. Mick Jagger would be fun!
Which young artist do you see something special in?
I think Ellie Goulding’s got something quite unique, there’s also someone called Jessie Ware.
What’s your favourite fashion trend?
I love ethnic jewellery… but actually, I just love it right now as fall is my favourite season – I love all the layers.
And what’s something not many people know about you?
I make a lot of dirty jokes. When I’m in a creative mood… I feel like I’ve got some kind of creative tourettes – it just all comes out.
It must be hard to film things live then!
And if you weren’t a musician, what would you’d be?
I’d be a writer… the first single I had was These Words… I probably write about 10-20 pages per song. And I wrote a poem on Twitter once, live… it took a lot of tweets to fit all the characters!
Natasha Bedingfield to appearance on FOX’s ACA’s, 12/10.
Rascal Flatts, Kip Moore and Jake Owen are set to perform at the AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS (ACA) airing live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas Monday, Dec. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Owen, Moore and Rascal Flatts will join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town.
The star-studded special also will feature appearances by Miranda Lambert, Natasha Bedingfield, Ron White and champion cowboy Trevor Brazile. Previously announced participants include Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, Casey James, LeAnn Rimes, Lee Brice, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch and Chris Young. Additional performers and presenters to be announced soon.
The two-hour live music spectacular offers country music fans the opportunity to vote for their favorite artists not only in traditional categories, but also in a previously unrecognized area – touring – encompassing the entire spectrum of country music.
Lifehouse & Natasha Bedingfield Explain the Meaning of “Between the Raindrops”
The epic video for “Between the Raindrops,” Lifehouse’s duet with Natasha Bedingfield, is filled with gorgeous shots of nature: galloping horses, sun drenched trees, mountains and, of course, rain storms. But the imagery wasn’t chosen at random; it all comes together to give the video a symbolic meaning.
“The concept was kind of metaphoric in nature,” Lifehouse singer Jason Wade tells Fuse. “There’s this kind of urgency between myself and Natasha. From a distance, you can feel this massive storm coming. It’s a metaphor for life. For making it through turbulent times. ”
Bedingfield had a similar take on the song and video.”The video is very symbolic,” she says. “It’s about relationships. It’s about the struggles we go through and the safety of having someone you know, and how incredible it is when you do get through those struggles. ”
For more, including information about the location of the video shoot, watch the full interview above.
[Khaleej Times] Exclusive interview with Natasha Bedingfield
BREAKING ONTO THE scene eight years ago, Natasha Bedingfield was initially thought of and referred to as Gotta Get Thru This star Daniel Bedingfield’s pretty younger sister.
As the years have passed, however, her trademark blonde barnet, soulful voice and catchy pop tunes including Unwritten and Pocketful of Sunshine have seen her rise into the ascendancy and establish herself as one of Britain’s premier female soloists.
In town on Thursday as part of Starwood Hotel’s Preferred Guests loyalty initiative, which gave members a chance to use their Starpoints to bid for access to a private performance by the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, we caught up with Natasha for a quick chat.
What does a solo show like this entail?
I like to mix it up. I don’t like performances to sound exactly like the record. I feel live shows should offer something different. Sometimes it’s more laid back like this show. There is just a guitar and a drummer. Sometimes I’ll have a whole band.
How do you find Dubai?
I really like it here. The view out of the Grosvenor House, where I am staying, is amazing. The hotel gave me some chocolates and they had crystals on them. That’s one thing I notice about this place – everything is sparkly. People use the phrase, ‘only in Dubai,’ and that is most definitely a good thing. Everything is a little bit more extravagant and classy.
Are you travelling a lot at the moment?
I’m working on my next album. I’ll come out here and there, but I’m not on a major tour at the moment. Most of my day is spent in the studio.
What can you reveal about your upcoming record?
It’s going to be my best yet. My last album was, ‘less is more.’ This album is, ‘the more, the better.’ It mixes modern sounds with an old-fashioned vibe. I can’t contain my excitement for it even though I’m not supposed to talk about it too much!
How do you think your sound has evolved since your debut?
I have become a better singer. Touring for seven years either makes your voice stronger or weaker. Thankfully mine is better. My range and technique have increased and I feel the tone of my voice is a lot more soulful. I’m digging deeper.
And the music scene, how has that changed?
I love the evolution of music. You can’t have one artist without another that came before them. You couldn’t have had me without Blondie or if there had never been No Doubt. And there are some artists today you couldn’t have had without me. Right now I really like Ellie Goulding and am so proud and pleased for Adele.
How is your brother doing? Are you close?
He broke from his record label and has just released a song off his own back. It’s available online and it’s fantastic. We keep in touch a lot.
Do you have any future collaborations planned?
I’m always thinking of quirky collaborations. There is one on American radio right now I did with Lifehouse called Between the Raindrops. Specific names for the future, I unfortunately can’t reveal at the moment. You’ll have to get the album!
[AHLANLIVE] Exclusive interview with Natasha Bedingfield
Ahlan! chats to singer Natasha about music, love and her brother Daniel
British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield, best known for her hits Unwritten and Pocketful of Sunshine, was in Dubai for an exclusive acoustic performance for members of Moments by Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). We caught up with her for a chat to her before the gig on 1 November, where, after spying the latest copy of Ahlan! with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the cover, Natasha squealed, “I know them! Kim is lovely! She’s very, very sweet! Kanye’s also lovely to me, but I don’t know what he’s like to other people!” How are you finding Dubai?
Good! I just arrived here last night and today I’ve been rehearsing with a drummer who came in from England because my drummer was caught in Washington DC. As a songwriter, what inspires you?
I get inspired by everything from my relationships to people that I meet and stories that I hear. I keep my ears open! I write things down. I’m always thinking of songs titles. Do you and your brother have any rivalry as you’re both musicians?
Not really. I really adore him and look up to him so if anything I over-adore him. He’s my main inspiration, he’s the person I learnt off. He’s always been very supportive of me! We fight about normal brother and sister stuff.
Your new album is out next year. What stories are you telling on this record?
This album is going to be about relationships and love, which I’ve never really done. I’ve never really covered that so I’m doing it as an album.
What kind of love? Married life or heartbreak?
Well, that’s the challenge because being married, you can’t just write about your own personal stories. I feel like it’s incorporating some of the stuff that I’ve gone through but also the people around me. It’s not going to be only about me, that would be boring! Read the full interview in an upcoming issue of Ahlan! where Natasha opens up about her latest work, her bestie Lewis Hamilton and why she married a “normal” man!
Hye guys, check out Natasha’s blog update (Oct. 4th)
Wow! Today my second ever single, “These Words” is celebrating its eighth birthday!
Guess it’s true that time flies, and it definitely has been fun! I can’t believe this song was released eight years ago. I remember sitting in the studio back in 2004 looking for inspiration. A couple of drum loops and reading of great poets later, and “These Words” was born.
To celebrate this milestone I’ve decided to run a little competition giving you the chance to share what inspires you. What makes you tick? Do you have anything, stories / art / pictures that would inspire me? I find myself at the same place that I was all those 8 years ago – with an open mind and heart. I’m making my new album, and I’m excited, but I don’t want to give away too much… just to say I think you’ll love it! I would love you to send me your inspirations over on Twitter using #FindTheMagic.
It can be anything from pictures, YouTube links, text, poems, whatever inspire me.
My favourite ‘These Words’ inspiration will be rewarded with a treat, so stay tuned…
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