Natasha Bedingfield. Remember her? You do. And if you don’t, you’re lying ’cause saying you don’t know her is like saying you don’t know Adele’s “Someone Like You.” She’s one of those artists who, no matter how long she’s been away from the scene, can continue to churn out new material and still sound fresh.
Perhaps it’s how infectious they are — or perhaps it’s how uplifting they are — but there’s something about songs like “Unwritten,” “Pocket Full of Sunshine,” and “Strip Me” that inspire. Her new song, “Hope,” a track that beauty brand philosophy asked her to write, is no different.
“For me, this was such a lovely project to get involved in because it was quite specific,” Bedingfield told Refinery29 after she debuted it live at kick-off ceremony for philosophy’s hope & grace initiative. It was also an opportunity for Bedingfield to put out new material. When asked if we can expect more music, she quickly said, “absolutely.”
“I love the fact I can release a song as a song. It’s not an official single, but it’s out there,” she continued. “I like that the music can just keep coming out.” In the decade or so since she came onto the scene, Bedingfield’s worked to make her voice ring louder than everyone else who has access to the Internet.
“What makes your voice or message more important than anyone else’s?” Bedingfield wonders.
Well, uplifting messages is one, but also confidence. “I’ve stopped hoping the crowd will like me. As a young artist, it was more about ‘How can I impress these people?’ Whereas now, it’s just, like, what I do. It’s what we do.”
It’s no secret Bedingfield’s got pipes, but her real talent lies in her ability to turn a negative situation into something positive. To her, there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel; to her, music is her chance to inspire. There’s always a chance to get back up. There’s always hope.