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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Natasha Bedingfield Explains How Her Unlikely Collaboration With Rascal Flatts Came About
Six years after she made her debut on the Hot 100, British-born Natasha Bedingfield is in new chart territory, breaking into the top 30 of the Hot Country Songs chart this week as “Easy,” her collaboration with Rascal Flatts, jumps 31-29 with a bullet. For the week ending Sunday, Aug. 7, the song garnered airplay on 123 of the 128 radio stations that report to the panel that makes up the Hot Country Songs chart, for a total audience of 7 million.
Rascal Flatts reached out to Bedingfield specifically to team up with her on the Katrina Elam/Mike Mobley song.
“I flew to Nashville and that’s were we really became friends, during the actual recording process,” Bedingfield told Billboard.biz from Zurich, where she is making a TV appearance. “I went into the studio with Gary [LeVox, Rascal Flatts’ singer] and we were in a separate room with our own mics while the band was playing live. As solo artists, you hope you’re going to sound good together but you don’t always know. It was an amazing moment when we could feel our voices blending.”
The recording process with Rascal Flatts was very different from Bedingfield’s solo studio sessions.
“They had a big audience there, including some pro football players and a bunch of Gary’s friends. I usually lock out the room. I get very deep into the writing and recording process,” says Bedingfield, who prefers not even having label folks present when she records.
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Bedingfield admits to falling in love with Elam and Mobley’s song as soon as she heard it. “It was an instant connection. It really resonated, that scenario of when you’re having things going on in your life but you smile and make it look easy, as if there is no problem at all.” She likens it to a classic song she performed at the White House in February as part of a Motown tribute. “I sang ‘The Tracks of My Tears’ with Smokey Robinson sitting in the audience. Like ‘Easy,’ you’re smiling, but if you take a good look, there is pain there.”
On “Easy,” Bedingfield sings in her own style, making the single a fusion of country and pop. “The whole reason they reached out to me is that the world is getting smaller and musical styles are starting to collide. People don’t listen to one radio station. On iTunes you can mix different worlds and bring country and pop and folk and live music together with a mass audience. I could have sung ‘Easy’ in a country way but I just sang it how I sing. I think it’s a really nice blend.”
Bedingfield also sings on Nicki Minaj’s “Last Chance” on “Pink Friday” and on an upcoming charity album for Amnesty International featuring Bob Dylan songs. “The common denominator is a love of music,” she says of her recent diverse projects.
Bedingfield is not the first female pop artist to break through on the country songs chart by collaborating with a country act. Sheryl Crow has appeared on the same chart in team-ups with Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn, Miranda Lambert and Kid Rock, a crossover artist himself.
“Easy,” which is also on the Hot 100 (debuting on the current chart at No. 87), is the third Rascal Flatts single from the 2010 album “Nothing Like This.” It marks the second time Rascal Flatts has charted on Hot Country Songs with another artist, though the first time as the lead act. In 2005, Carrie Underwood performed the threesome’s “Bless the Broken Road” on the season four finale of “American Idol” with the group and though not released on an album or as a single promoted to radio, their version earned enough airplay to chart, peaking at No. 50.
Bedingfield and the Flatts performed “Easy” on an ABC special earlier this year and recorded a video for the song. They’ll reunite in September to perform their hit on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which should help propel the song even further up the charts this fall.
Natasha “Less is More” Video Blog (Video 5) — Atlanta, GA
Video blog #5 will place you in the heart of Atlanta, GA with Natasha and her crew. The tour is leaving the group feeling delirious, and what better way to deal with that then to start playing pranks on one another!
The Less is More tour featured Kate Voegele and Andy Grammer with Natasha Bedingfield as the headliner.
Pop Star Natasha Bedingfield Gives a Private Singing Lesson to Three Starwood Preferred Guests
This weekend, pop star Natasha Bedingfield gave private singing lessons to three Starwood Preferred Guest members (in this photo, she’s feeling goosebumps on her arm as Daniel Hernandez, from the Fort Lauderdale area, sings). The lesson took place at Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room prior to Bedingfield’s concert there on Saturday, July 16. The three lucky participants also worked with Bedingfield’s voice coach, Dave Stroud; and were introduced to his revolutionary new app, VocalizeU, which offers personalized instruction for both professional and amateur singers.
The private lesson was part of On Tour with SPG®: Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ partnership with Live Nation, which lets members swap frequent-stay points for once-in-a-lifetime music experiences. Members bid online for experiences such as VIP tickets to performances from artists including Rihanna, Britney Spears, and U2; piano lessons from Gavin DeGraw; or backstage meet-and-greets with stars like Ricky Martin and Katy Perry (for which one member bid 100,000 Starpoints—the equivalent of more than a week’s vacation). As part of the strategic partnership, all SPG members also receive a 20 percent discount at the Live Nation Superstore.
Natasha Bedingfield Talks “Weightless”, Summer Tour, Country Music, and More
For Natasha Bedingfield’s latest album Strip Me, simplicity was the name of the game. Rather than rely on the run-of-the-mill tricks of the trade and typical pop sheen, Bedingfield literally stripped all of the bells and whistles and got back to what matter most—the song.
“I really tried to condense it down to what makes a good song,” says Bedingfield while on the road in Houston.
If anyone these days knows a good song, it’s her. Just take a listen to Strip Me. The album floats to divine heights on the sonic bliss of “Weightless”, and it sees Bedingfield solidifying her status as one of pop’s premier presences. With her elegant delivery and knack for an unforgettable hook, Bedingfield remains one of the most engaging, enthralling, and elegant stars on the scene, and she shines brighter than ever on Strip Me.
Natasha Bedingfield sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor author Rick Florino for an exclusive interview about “Weightless”, her current tour, country music, and so much more.
What’s the story behind “Weightless”?
This is the basic premise of “Weightless”. As humans, we’re all on a quest to not get bogged down and let things get to us. There’s a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world, so this song is about freedom and finding peace. I’ve had my own share of brokenness and burdens. For me, writing this song is a challenge for myself to become more weightless and less burdened by the little things that don’t matter.
Is that theme prevalent throughout Strip Me?
The theme of the album is “Less is more”, and the tour shares that name. I’ve stripped away some of the elements you’d usually find in a pop album. Sometimes, I feel like people try to load pop with as many sounds and tricks as possible. I try to keep it simple. Theme-wise, it’s about our desires and how we connect as humans.
Do you feel like a song’s message will be heard more clearly when it has more sonic space?
Exactly! It’s challenging. This has been the most challenging tour I’ve ever done because I’ve increased the range vocally, so it gets a lot higher and lower. It’s definitely more about the singing and musicianship. You can hear everything. It’s a good challenge in that way. Everything has to be awesome on stage. I’m always on my toes because I literally run around the stage [Laughs].
How crucial is the album’s actual track order to building this journey?
I want it to feel like an experience. It’s like when you go to a live show. I put a lot of thought into the track order, and I want it to be an album that people buy which doesn’t feel disjointed.
Did you always know “Recover” would close out the album?
On my first album, I had “Wild Horses” as the last track. I tend to put a ballad at the end. It feels like it wraps everything up. “Recover” was a very important song for the album, and it has a lot of significance to me.
Have you been inspired to write more lately?
I’m always writing. Whether it’s melodies or lyric ideas, I write it all down. I have to record things instantly so I don’t forget them, but I’m constantly thinking about what the next couple of years are going to be about. I also try to listen to a lot of different music. I love a lot of the music coming out of England like Mumford & Sons. I get very influenced by folk-y music like that and rock. I love listening to old stuff like Motown. At the moment, a new discovery of mine being in America is country music. I recently worked with Rascal Flatts, and our song together, “Easy”, just hit radio.
What appeals to you about country?
I love the fact that in country music you can still write a song that’s about something. It can be sad or happy, and it can be very honest. I love that they tell stories and have a sense of humor. There’s always a play on words. It’s very musical too. All of the musicians are very technically brilliant. Country music has retained a real integrity in terms of the quality of musicianship.
Would you want to make an album in Nashville?
I’d love to an album in Nashville. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s record made me really excited. I loved that they were joining genres.
Love this skirt so much I didn’t want to take it off. This photo was taken when I was trying on clothes for the simple plan video.
We ended up going with a more vintage bathrobe thing as all my scenes were shot in a bedroom as I was pining away for my lover. Alas I never got to wear the skirt as much as I loved it.
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I found this on a bridge in Cologne . It’s such a wonderfully romantic idea. Lovers attach a lock to the rail of the bridge with their names etched on them. They then throw the key in the river where it will remain forever. What a beautiful symbolic action to celebrate eternal love.
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I’m sure it’s no secret that one of the things I’m crazy about is shoes. As you can imagine a girl like me collects a LOT of stilettos and shoes in all shapes, sizes and hues.
One of the things I’ve started paying attention to as I’ve been traipsing around with my canon camera is what other people are wearing on there toes. At the moment I am LOVING anything bold bright and unusual, colours that scream for attention. Especially on the feet for some reason – when I spot a particularly bright colour it does something for me. You know, produces a little secret jump of joy.
Anyway, I am now documenting any of the stand out footware I should happen to spy. I shall call this display of images ‘Run-run-run’ in honour of my song with the same title and also to represent the incredibly varied walks of life each person takes. Check them out below.
You know the phrase ‘walk a mile in my shoes’? I could spend hours pondering this concept. We each have our own set of challenges and blessings. Our own road. What would it really be like to swap and be in someone else’s life, could I handle it?
Anyway, random thoughts on a Monday morning. Gotta go. My chariot awaits! Look out for more pictures of shoes I’ll be posting. I’m on the hunt! Here are a few more below…
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What do you think of this pic guys?
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My album is out in Germany, Austria and Switzerland today!
The Nine Lives of Chloe King Featuring Natasha Bedingfield
Get to know Natasha Bedingfield whose song Weightless, from the album Strip Me was featured in the ALL NEW episode of The Nine LIves of Chloe King.
With her new album, Strip Me, Natasha Bedingfield reminds us of the gift she has for creating, heartfelt, dynamic pop anthems. Her music and lyrics are thoughtful and yet irresistible. Strip Me is the follow-up to 2008’s Pocketful of Sunshine, a megahit in the U.S. selling over three million singles of the title track and featuring four number one dance singles.
The Londoner, Bedingfield who now maintains a residence in Los Angeles as well as in the UK, has spent the better part of the last five years touring and promoting her first two albums. Her experiences traveling the globe provided her with a unique perspective that helped inform this thoughtful new body of work. Writing more than 50 songs, Bedingfield, armed with an impressive production team of modern hitmakers including, GRAMMY® award winner John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow), Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic, Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis), Wayne Wilkins (Beyonce), John Hill (Shakira, Santigold), Kleerup (Robyn, Cyndi Lauper), Danielle Brisebois (co writer of Unwritten and Pocketful of Sunshine) and reuniting with Steve Kipner, who produced Natasha’s own smash hit These Words, stripped down her songs to the 13 tracks contained on her newest release.
Each song on Strip Me evokes the innate desires, needs and fears which people feel in these most troubling times. Although the title of the album is provocative, the songs Natasha writes underscore the things that are important to her. Bedingfield’s message is clear. Don’t get caught up in material things. Don’t be afraid to be loved, to be supported, and to be touched. Believe in yourself and follow your heart.
“Five years of non stop touring on the road took it’s toll on me” Bedingfield says. “I had to stop and remind myself why I started making music in the first place. I started out trying to base songs around the idea of basic human desires—what do we all need, want and share? My songs celebrate that sense you have when you see a wild horse, that feeling of being free and unburdened. That’s how I like to feel, and that’s what I hope communicates itself when you hear my music.”
Natasha Bedingfield talks songwriting, shoe shopping and sounding like Justin Bieber
I’m trying to think of a clever way to start this article, but nothing’s coming out.
But that’s okay, because this story is about Natasha Bedingfield. And for the British pop star, writer’s block is a recurring theme.
Just sift through her catalog, from her huge hits These Words (“Waste bin full of paper; clever rhymes, see you later…”) and Unwritten (“The pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned…”), to unreleased tracks like D.I.Y. (“Got a dozen ideas and a hundred more, like a pile of shoes that have never been worn…”). For a pop singer-songwriter, Bedingfield sure sings a lot about not writing pop songs.
But the occasional bout of writer’s block hasn’t hindered Bedingfield. Since debuting in America, she’s sold more than 10 million albums and singles worldwide, and her songs have soundtracked countless movies and TV shows. She’s currently performing a stripped-down tour at clubs across the U.S. in support of her latest disc, Strip Me.
Before she hits the Ritz Ybor on Thursday, Bedingfield called from a tour stop in Dallas to talk writer’s block, shoe shopping and the true meaning of the phrase “pocketful of sunshine.”
Did you know there’s a Facebook page called “Justin Bieber sounds like Natasha Bedingfield”?
It’s got 170 fans. Do you think there’s some validity to it?
That’s awesome! (laughs) I mean, he kind of sounds more like my brother, because Daniel also has some hits, right? And for a man, he has higher notes, higher tones than a lot of men. Justin sounds a bit like him. But that’s cool! I’m going to check that page out. (sings) Baby, baby …
I think These Words is one of the most clever pop songs in recent years. Which is interesting because it’s all about writer’s block. Since you’re a co-writer of that song, can you talk about how it was created?
Every writer has a song or two about writer’s block, because it really is one of those things that every creative person faces at some point. It can just be overthinking something, or it can be just trying to be too clever. We were trying to figure out a really sophisticated way of saying “I love you,” because we didn’t want to use it; it can be over-cliched. And actually, when we came to it, we were like, “There is no other way of saying ‘I love you’ than ‘I love you.’” It just became this simple thing, and a rediscovery of what that means. It’s funny — some of the best love songs are quite simple, but they somehow find a way to say it in a way that no one has.
Cleverness isn’t something that seems to be in vogue in pop music these days.
It’s strange. Everyone’s dumbing it down a bit, aren’t they?
What’s wrong with writing a smart song?
I don’t know. I think for some people, it’s about having success and pleasing people, as many as possible. Record companies even have hit predictors. They’ll test little bits of songs, and they want everything to be perfect. I think it takes a risk to compose a song, and write something that is personal, instead of sticking to a formula. Music, to me, has always been more than just formulas and numbers and figures. My favorite albums aren’t always the ones on that have been on radio.
Do you have tips on how to do your job when you just feel like you’re banging your head against a wall?
Yeah, it’s just the best outlet in the world: Music and art. Music is something I can throw myself in, and it feels so rewarding, and it’s my passion. I don’t need any other hobbies. I do a bit of painting as well, but mostly, music is the thing for me. I’s just this fascination with expressing something that you don’t know how to say, and then you’ve actually said it, and you couldn’t think of a better way of saying it. Even when a song is finished, there’s this feeling of completion that you won’t take anything out of it or add anything to it. That feels really cool.
What’s been your hardest song to write?
There’s been some songs that took a couple of years. The main thing for me is, I always want to be very honest in my music — choosing to be open, choosing to be vulnerable, even though the more you love someone, the more they can hurt you; the more you show someone of you, the more they can use it against you. That’s a lifestyle choice, and an artistic choice, for me. I think a lot of pop is about putting an artist on a pedestal, so that no one could ever feel like they could come close to being who you are. To me, it’s the opposite.
On your blog recently, you had this post about your love of interesting shoes. You snapped some photos of unique footwear you saw on the road. If people were coming to your show and wanted to show off their shoes, what would catch your eye?
Things that are loud and proud and stand out. There’s a line in one of my songs that says, “My feet need a holiday from this neverending race.” I like that focus on the feet. They get us so many different places, so they should be celebrated. I myself run around in stilettoes throughout my whole show.
Do you shop for shoes on the road?
I’ve been buying a lot of shoes online recently. There’s a lovely website called Net-a-Porter that has a lot of amazing clothes, and it’s really addictive and dangerous, because you just click a button, and you’re going to have all these amazing gifts coming to your house, from yourself, gift-wrapped in bubble wrap. It’s like Christmas!
As you know, your songs have appeared on a lot of soundtracks. Have you seen every movie or TV show in which one of your songs plays?
I mean, I haven’t watched every episode of The Hills, but I’ve seen a couple of them. But a lot of the movies, I’ve seen. I’ll go to the premiere sometimes. I went to Something Borrowed, I went to Morning Glory. Sometimes there have been songs that have turned up in movies that I didn’t even know about, and I’m just an innocent moviegoer. I have a publishing company, and sometimes they’ll approve things that maybe I didn’t read the e-mail about.
When that happens, do you slink down in your seat in the theater? Or do you stand up, like, ‘Hey, that’s me!”
There was one time on an airplane, I think it was Flicka, and my song Wild Horses played at the end of it. And that was one of the rare times I stood up and walked down the plane, like, “That’s my song!”
What’s your favorite movie that one of your songs has been in?
My favorite is Pocketful of Sunshine, in a couple of movies. Easy A is really funny, because it makes fun of how pop songs are kind of annoying, then they creep up on you and become part of the fabric of your life — they become your song. So that one’s my favorite. There’s another one with, what’s her name, Heigl. The Ugly Truth. She’s got vibrating underwear on, and she starts getting an orgasm while she’s at the table, because someone’s pressed the button on the vibrating underwear, and suddenly Pocketful of Sunshine comes on. That’s funny, because that’s a different meaning of the term “pocketful of sunshine.”
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