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.
Posted June 07th, 2011. Read below:
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.
Posted June 06th, 2011. Read below:
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…
Posted May 26th, 2011. Read below:
What do you think of this pic guys?
Posted May 19th, 2011. Read below:
My album is out in Germany, Austria and Switzerland today!
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