Since winning the 2005 Musicoz 'CMC Best Country Artist Award' with 'I Can't', Natalie has been based in Nashville, Tennessee and has achieved tremendous success in Australia and USA.
Natalie's musical style is Country mixed with Pop and Rock as demonstrated in her US 2006 IMA(Independent Music Awards) 'Country Song of the Year' winning track - 'I Don't Want To Live Like That'. Her USA radio tour through various states helped this song reach The Music Row Chart and become a Top 5 hit on the Independent Music Network Chart(Los Angeles-New York) 'Country Top 30 Countdown'.
Natalie has achieved many Finalist Nominations in songwriting contests in Australia including taking out first place in the 'Open Ballad' category of the Tasmania & New Zealand Songwriting Contest with her Musicoz Award winning track and has just been named a Top 10 Finalist in the open-genre 'International' category of the 2007 Australian National Songwriting Contest. In USA 'The Long Night' was a Finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition) 'Country Category' where it was also voted into the #8 spot of The People's Voice Awards of the ISC.
As an artist, Natalie has been nominated as a Finalist in various awards including ...The Victorian & National Country Music Awards, Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Top 5 Album in the Tasmania & New Zealand Awards, Runner-Up in the Bluegrass/Country section of the US 1st IAMA and also the 2nd IAMA(International Acoustic Music Awards), Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2006 Qld Gold Medallion, 2007 Country Music People's Choice 'Most Promising Future Star' and the overseas 2007 Singer/Songwriter Awards.
"Blessed vocally and with an ability to write songs with substance rather than just be album fillers, Natalie's release 'Yesterday's Makeup' is equal to any major label release both here or from overseas.
There are 13 tracks on the album, covering everything from ballads to upbeat sassy numbers which show Natalie's versatility" Daily News, Australia. Bob Anthony Jnr.
"What a class album for a debut! With a relaxed, deceptively delicate voice that is absolutely listen-able, Natalie Howard is destined to make a mark, both as a performer and as a songwriter. She lives the words she sings.
Natalie's music is current and vibrant, with gentle touches of a youthful pop influence, yet comfortably and elegantly remaining country to the core". Country Music Capital News, Australia. Deborah Minter.
Video clips 'The Long Night' and 'You Never Knew Me' were #1 hits on the CMC(Country Music Channel) 'Top 30 Countdown' while 'I Don't Want To Live Like That' is airing on GAC(Great American Country) TV and CMT.com in the USA.
During 2006 Natalie's 'self-titled' album was released in USA and Canada and she shared the bill with James Dean Hicks, Jennifer Hanson, Jimmy Wayne and Carolyn Dawn Johnson at 12th & Porter during Tin Pan South week.
At the CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) Natalie performed at the Wildhorse Saloon, 'In the Circle' at the Country Music Hall of Fame, The Bluebird Cafe, The Tin Roof, Chevy Sports Zone Stage and other great Nashville venues. During her first fan signings at GAC(Great American Country) TV and Y'all Magazine booths, Natalie was interviewed by American Broadcasting Corp (ABC)T.V. as well as meeting with Country Music Journalists and DJ's from all over the world.
'Her rousing performance in the Chevy Sports Zone at this year's CMA Music Festival was proof that this Australian import is definitely on the right track". 2006 CMA CloseUp News Service - Peter Cronin.
In September, she was a featured artist in the 'Who's New' section of the world's most read country music publication, 'Country Weekly' and in the Debut Artists Spotlight section of 'CMA Close Up' the official publication of the Country Music Association. Earlier in the year, Natalie attended the G'Day LA Penfold's Icon Black Tie Gala that commenced Australia Week in Los Angeles. She met her idol Olivia Newton-John and her photo with Olivia and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi was included on the inside cover of 'Country Weekly'.
Nashville singer/songwriter James Dean Hicks accompanied Natalie in a 'live' acoustic performance on the very popular TV programme 'Words & Music' hosted by veteran entertainment reporter Harry Chapman. The programme, which is known as the Showcase for Nashville's Songwriters, aired in Tennessee on News Channel 5+ (Channel 50)
Natalie recently returned from the 2007 Key West Songwriters Festival in Florida where she was invited to perform once again this year with other premier songwriters. Her performances during the 5 day festival were at the world famous Hog's Breath Saloon, the 'Sunset Show' at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina as well as other great venues.
She is presently writing and recording for her next album to be released later this year.
"The announcement of my win in the Musicoz Best Country Artist Award was made during December which proved to be a very big month for me as I also won the US Independent Music Awards Country Song of The Year and the video clip of my song 'You Never Knew Me' made #1 on CMC Top 30 Countdown. This all came shortly before the release of my album 'Natalie Howard' in the United States and the publicist made great use of the Musicoz win in promotions to radio and print media in USA. The prestige of winning this award was of great benefit in promoting my music in Australia. The generosity of the prize sponsors was also greatly appreciated." Natalie Howard
Australian Album 'Yesterday's Makeup' is available from www.nataliehoward.net iTunes and all good music stores. Distributed by MGM Distribution and One Stop Country.
USA and Canadian 'Self-titled' album is available from www.nataliehoward.net . Distributed by CBuJ Entertainment.
Fan Fun Website: http://www.myspace.com/nataliehoward