After spending much of her 2017 competing on the hit reality competition The Voice, Natalie Stovall has continued her musical journey. The seasoned singer released a catchy single titled “Wine or Whiskey" and has been a relentless road warrior with her band, The Dive.
We had the opportunity to talk with the rising country star and learn more about her musical aspirations, her time spent with Blake Shelton and why her latest single is so relatable.
Get some exclusive insight on Stovall in the interview below:
1. Many people know you from The Voice, but you have been performing music professionally from a young age! What and/or who inspired you to pursue music?
My musical journey started at age 4 when my grandmother saw an article in the newspaper about a violin teacher coming to my small town of Columbia, Tennessee. I started playing violin at age 4, got my first job as a professional musician at age 10 singing and playing in the Opryland Kid's Club, and have never stopped performing since!
2. During your time on The Voice, you competed on Team Blake. What was it like working so closely with such a superstar artist such as Blake Shelton?
Blake is so down to earth. He's exactly the guy you hope he'll be in person. And I can attest to that from meeting him before my time on the Voice and opening for him when cameras weren't around ;) He has so much experience that it meant even more when he would compliment my musicianship and vocal ability. He made me feel like we were peers instead of him feeling like a “coach"!
3. How do you think competing on The Voice helped you develop as an artist? Any advice for those thinking of auditioning?
I'm so blessed to have already been on the road for 10 years and have had a lot of success in the music business. The Voice has now elevated that success to the next level and is such an amazing chapter in my story. And that's honestly something I love about the show. Whether you are just starting, or have already been at it for years, the Voice gives a chance to any artist struggling. They don't discriminate against previous experience - they just want well-intentioned, talented people who have big dreams to be on the show. So for anyone that wants to audition, just have fun! Try not to take it too seriously. You can't control it anyway - just like the music business ;) It's a lot of hard work and a lot of luck and stars aligning.
4.Your latest single “Wine or Whiskey" is a beautiful song that highlights a relationship that has reached a crossroads. How did this song come together?
This song came into my life at the perfect time. The most obvious description for that “crossroads moment" is a relationship, but it works on many other levels, too. For career, for health… and I feel like I've been left hanging in the balance while decisions are made around me a lot over the last 2 years. So this song affected me in a profound way that is hard to put into words. I'd also never heard that specific moment quite explored in that manner until this song was created. Expressing these heartbreaking moments through music can really help you grieve those times that didn't go how you wanted them to.
5. You have performed everywhere from the White House to The Oprah Winfrey show. What has been your most memorable/favorite performance so far?
My band and I have had some of the most incredible and exhilarating performances, and to this day my favorite is still from one of our overseas tours. We were out with Navy Entertainment and got to play on the deck of the USS John C Stennis while it was deployed in the Persian Gulf. It was Thanksgiving Day, and they flew us out to the ship and we did one of those crazy “catch" landings. We served Thanksgiving Dinner to the sailors and then played a show for them. And it was one of the most epic shows I could have ever been asked to play.
6. Who is your dream collaboration?
Bruno Mars and/or Justin Timberlake. I mean, come on, how fun would that be?! And don't you think both those boys need a little more fiddle in their lives?