Natalie Joly is an award winning singer songwriter born just outside of Boston, currently based in the music capital of the world, Nashville TN. With influences ranging from The Beatles and Aerosmith, to Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars, Natalie’s music doesn’t quite fit into any one genre. Raised on classic rock, her music is drum and electric guitar heavy, donning harmonies that fill any room, with compelling lyrics relatable to all ages. Her music is a combination of rock, country and pop… but in her own words, “you can call my music whatever you want, as long as you sing along!”
During 2020 while being locked down due to the pandemic, Natalie took the time to really explore her creativity beyond just songwriting, but as a producer. She has always been the primary writer on her songs and was ready to learn how to get all of her ideas down for the instrumentation and arrangement as well. This resulted in her first self-produced single, “Running Circles”, which was released in November of 2020, accompanied by a home-video style music video chronicling Natalie’s time at home during the lockdowns.
At 14 years old Natalie began playing out at bars and restaurants, garnering herself an expansive resume in the 12 years she has been a full-time gigging musician. As she played shows of all kinds, behind the scenes Natalie was honing her craft as a songwriter, performer and producer. She released her first self-titled album at 15, a subsequent album at 17 called “Paint the Picture” (which was celebrated by a sold out release show at her high school auditorium), and another EP at 19 years old with 4 corresponding music videos. Since 2017 she has released her music as singles, having her 2018 song “You Oughta Know” win Song of the Year at the 2019 New England Music Awards.
Over the years Natalie has gained a large social media following, with over 52,000 Instagram Followers, over 8,200 Youtube Subscribers. Her Youtube channel has reached over 1,000,000 views, and her Instagram videos have accumulated well over 10 million views.
Writing her first song at 8 years old was just the beginning for this lifelong songwriter. After years of working on her original music with various band lineups and producers, it wasn't until the last 2 years that Natalie really found her creative workflow. "I've always been attracted to the thought of producing my own music but I needed other people to fill in the blanks where I lacked the knowledge and equipment. It wasn't until I found myself with a broken-up band and a global pandemic keeping me indoors that I really found my niche as an artist. I finally had to saddle up and learn how to make my own music, and now I wouldn't have it any other way." Now 26, Natalie not only writes her own songs from start to finish on guitar or piano, she also writes and tracks almost all of her instrumentation and vocals and edits them all to her liking. Still calling on resources for drums and mixing, Natalie is empowered by the freedom she has to make her songs come to life exactly how she envisions them.
Natalie has been playing out live her entire adult life, landing her first bar residency at only 14 years old. She worked the live music scene in Boston for many years, slowing climbing the latter to higher end clients and notable performances, all the while taking any gig she could get that allowed original songs. These days she prioritizes original shows over all, but still plays high end weddings and corporate events to make a living. "I've never had a day job or an investor, but I've always had my cover music career to fund my original music career", says Natalie. In the beginning of 2022 Natalie made the move from Boston to Nashville to focus on her original music. "I'm so grateful to Boston for the years of work and fond memories and I don't plan on leaving behind that part of my life, but I'm very excited to be in a town that prioritizes original music and gives me the opportunity to show everyone what I've been working on all these years."
Born into a musical family, Natalie was singing from the time she could talk. Growing up around music like The Beatles, Aerosmith, The Eagles, AC/DC, Shania Twain, Tom Petty, and many more, Natalie was eager to learn to play along as she started taking guitar and piano lessons at 6 years old. It didn't take long to realize that learning Mary Had A Little Lamb wasn't going to cut it, so after begging her teacher to teach her Sweet Child Of Mine for a year, she decided to quit and be her own teacher, with the help of her brother and father. Natalie wrote her first song at 8 years old and began building her repertoire of hundreds of cover songs which paved the way for an easy transition into the gigging world once she was old enough.
Making the move to Nashville was the next logical step for Natalie. Having spent over a decade playing out full time and releasing 3 albums along with subsequent singles, Natalie says she was ready to go to the songwriting capital of the world. "I came to Nashville to be surrounded by not only incredible talent but also by music business experts. I love creating music, but I admit that I need help on the business end of things." Natalie is openly seeking out a professional team, ideally hoping to land a record deal as a solo artist, as well as a publishing deal as a songwriter for hire.