theaussieword.com special interview with Natalie Henry.
How and where did it all begin for you? What drew your interest to the music industry?
To be completely honest I started playing out of spite. My ex husband would be busy playing guitar every time it was dirty nappy time so I picked up the guitar and suddenly the shoe was on the other foot.
What motivates or influences you in your quest to make great music?
The amazing women around me supporting and pushing me forward.
What are your biggest goals you hope to accomplish as an artist?
To make a difference in the way the industry introduces women to music, I want to give younger greener artists a chance to blossom just the way they should be.
What can we expect from you in the coming months? Any plans to tour?
I’ve got a show this Saturday in Tumut and another instalment of Woman Enough December and January at Tamworth Country Music Festival 2020 and then I’m going to be planning a big September back over in Nashville.
Tell us a bit about your latest release and how would you best describe your music?
‘Water Over Wine’ is an anthem for mother’s doing it alone, making choices and taking chances to make things right for everyone and if by chance someone should try and bring it all down you won’t let them!
Give us an insight into your creative process. What gets you writing songs?
Driving always gets me creative, it must have something to do with the open road or the comfort of a car.
Is there a hidden meaning in any of your music?
Isn’t there always?
Success, what is the secret to it?
Never stop working.
What has been your biggest career highlight so far?
Singing one of my favourite Catherine Britt songs in Tamworth was up there.
Which stars of the music industry do you find inspiring?
Dolly Parton of course for her undivided attention to every detail. And Loretta Lyn for her open and honest lyrics.
Are there any new projects in the pipeline?
It’s a secret! (Yes) of course!
The music industry is huge, where do you see yourself a few years from now?
I see myself making music and touching people with my songs, making new friends and more memories.
What is your favourite and least favourite part about this line of work and why?
Favourite would have to be on stage. And least would have to be putting on and taking off make up.
Name a few of your favourite Australian artists.
Kasey Chambers, Harmony James, Melody Moko.
The shape of the music industry has changed significantly over the years, including the use of social media, how do you feel about the industry as a whole and what does it mean to you in getting your records out into the public eye?
I feel like social media is a necessity now it’s well and truly taken the old poster by storm but in a way it’s given people an opportunity to stay in and be entertained so fewer people are at shows and we have to work a lot harder for the crowd. I believe music will always conquer all.
How do you plan on cracking the international market?
I plan to concentrate on Australia and bring music to single mothers in regional areas that feel alone I hope that my music can bring comfort and hope to them and any other woman. After this next year of touring I will attend Nashville for my second time in September. I plan to play my music to people who want to hear it if that cracks something great.
Do you collaborate with others? Who is on your wish-list?
Yes, all the time. I wrote ‘If We Said Goodbye and ‘Water Over Wine’ with Melody Moko and I just wrote one of my favourite songs with Catherine Britt. My wish list would be Dori freeman & Ashley Monroe currently or all time Loretta Lyn
What advice do you give for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
My best advice is to just do it, as often as you can until you’re good at it.
A message for your fans. How do you best interact and respond with your fans?
Thank you for every story you’ve shared, I have enjoyed every face, eyebrow raised, lip curled, hands clapping, Joyous moment, I hope my album can bring some of that to your homes x
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Saturday 14th December – Criterion Hotel – Singleton, NSW (w/ Catherine Britt & Melody Moko)
Sunday 15th December – Wheatsheaf Hotel – Adelaide, SA (w/ Catherine Britt & Melody Moko)
Saturday 18th Jan – The Pub – Tamworth, NSW (w/ Lachlan Bryan, Catherine Britt, Melody Moko, Kristy Cox)
Monday 20th January – Moonshiners – Tamworth, NSW (11.00am)
Monday 20th January – The Welders Dog – Tamworth, NSW (5.00pm – 8.00pm)
Wednesday 22nd January – The Welders Dog – Tamworth, NSW (8.00pm – 11.00pm)
Thursday 23rd January – Fanzone – Tamworth, NSW (4.00pm)
Friday 24th January – Capitol Theatre – Tamworth, NSW