Words: Gery Hristova
A bittersweet truth of this pandemic is that releasing a song during quarantine has rapidly become its own genre. The same statement applies for 22-year-old singer-songwriter and BIMM student Natalie Grace’s new song ‘Go For Gold’, but as we’re celebrating LGBTQ+ month, it’s opportune to mention that she’s also the President of BIMM London’s Queer Society.
Growing up in a musical family and taking inspiration from singers such as Demi Lovato, Aretha Franklin and Jocelyn Brown helped the upcoming artist and the backing vocalist for 80s Latino pop band Modern Romance to create a track, which is mixture of pop and soul. A slow-tempo jam with a little hint of drama, ‘Go For Gold’ is centered around the artist’s powerhouse vocals, the gauzy, bass-heavy beat-ballad delivering a potent message of self-empowerment, reminding us that control is in our hands, not anyone else’s.
‘Emotional’ is the best way to describe Grace’s work, providing insight to what she’s experienced, from her struggles with mental health issues to devastating break-ups. Not only that, but the artist places the listener at the heart of past grief that she felt in her most vulnerable state. The lyrics are moving, thought-provoking and gritty, describing the difficulties she’s been through recently, and exploring the different stages of her life, whether they were high or low. Natalie Grace’s rich harmonies create a heavenly vibe entirely its own, amounting to a powerful song, about the balance of relationships with success, combined with poetic lyrics and a tender vocal melody, which brings to mind the style of Amy Winehouse.
Plenty of songwriters can present with confidence the hard lessons they’ve learned. However, it is rare to hear someone so masterfully document the long journey of trying to get there ‘Go For Gold’ seems like a needed track in an unusual year.
Hear ‘Go For Gold’ here: