Natalie Kirk & Co.
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Natalie Kirk & Co.

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States | INDIE

Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States | INDIE
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The singer-songwriter graduated from USM in May 2008 with a degree in music production. She now has a record deal with South City Records and released her second album Nov. 18. She and her band, Natalie Kirk & Co., usually play in Hattiesburg weekly and in July began traveling more around the region - Samantha Schott-The Student Printz-University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg, MS


Sound/Lighting Technician- Mellow Mushroom-Tuscaloosa, AL - Shane Lollar


Craig Magraff

- Tiger Weekly- Baton Rouge, LA


Hopjack's-Pensacola, FL & Mobile, AL - Management


Mellow Mushroom-Tuscaloosa, AL - Sarah & Jeremy-Bartenders


Musician/Songwriter, toured with Kelly Clarkson as her lead guitarist - Danny Weissfield


Singer/Songwriter-Riverleft - Blake Mogabgab


WUSM-88.5-Hattiesburg, MS - Jeff Rassier, Owner, Sound Reasons Recordings; General Manager



South City Records- Hattiesburg, MS - Nikki Criddle-representative.


Stephen St. James, Operations Manager/Program Director-Quote - Rock104 FM -Hattiesburg, MS


Don King, Program Director-WNSL, Middays on WUSW/Afternoons on WNSL-Quote - 100.3 SL 100/ 103.7 FOX- Hattiesburg, MS


Discography

"Self Medication" Debut album released October 23rd 2009. 6 of the 10 tracks on the album are on daily rotation on WUSM 88.5 in Hattiesburg, MS. All tracks were written by Natalie.

A 7 or 8 song EP will be released in September 2010 which will include new versions of a couple tracks from their debut album to show their growth and improvement and the rest will be new originals.

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Born and raised in Brandon, Mississippi, Natalie has received formal instruction in piano and guitar throughout her high school years. As music became her true passion, she began composing, and very early on strived to find her own unique sound and voice. Natalie pursued her passion for music by continuing her education at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Entertainment Industry Program, graduating in May, 2008. While at USM, she continued to actively compose, perform and record, collaborating with a number of local artists and producers, further developing and shaping her own musical character - a mix of soulful blues, rock and roll, and a bit of folk. As a musical ambassador of the USM’s Entertainment Industry Program she performed not only locally but traveled internationally, as well, performing in Paris, France and London, England as the Program’s featured artist. Steadily increasing her musical prowess, repertoire and her fan base, Natalie’s artistic efforts and creativity were rewarded by a recording contract with South City Records, in the spring of 2008. She calls Hattiesburg, Mississippi her home, and performs regularly throughout the region. In addition to her regular local appearances, Natalie has performed for the Mississippi Blues Trail program with Bobby Rush, Mockingbird Round at Schimmel’s, grand opening ceremonies of the Jackson Convention Complex, Hattiesburg’s Art Walk, etc. Natalie Kirk & Co. are currently on tour to promote their performance at the 10th Annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Music Festival.

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Q & A with Natalie Kirk

Q. Talk about your music..Who do you sound like, and who does your music remind people of?
Music is Everything. My music is the only way I can really express my true self and the way I feel about things. People tell me I sound like Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones...I think my music reminds people of Carole King a little bit as well.

Q. Talk about what you're good at.. What makes Natalie Kirk & Co. special and different from others?
I believe God gave me a gift and originality is a major part of that gift. I think I'm good at taking a song and making it my own...Natalie Kirk & Co. is special and different because we play songs that no one really plays anymore, so when people come to see us, it's not just the same old covers we've all heard before the same exact way. We bring a special energy to our show that I love. I put everything into my singing and playing while I'm on stage, and I think our fans really connect with the emotion. Also, we mix our covers with my originals, so yea.

Q. Who inspires you? be specific (musicians and/or people you know)
My mentor/ex-professor, Darko Velichkovski, is a huge inspiration for me. He went through so many hardships growing up and ended up leading this amazing life. When he speaks, I listen.
Also, my drummer, Jon Barr, is an inspiration because he is so dedicated to his music and technique. I have never seen someone work at perfecting his/her skill like Jon. He makes me want to play more and work harder at what I do because at the end of the day, music is our lives. Many other people inspire me from my parents to other friends of mine.

Q. When did you realize you wanted to do music?
My mother said it was when i was 4, but I think it was around the year 2000, after I had been writing songs for a year or so. I think I've always kind of known that God made me for a special reason, like He makes everyone, and that reason was music. Also I used to watch CMT religiously. I used to watch Reba and Trisha Yearwood and Martina Mcbride belt out their songs, and I would literally start crying because it moved me so much. Sometimes you just feel things and you know.

Q. How was the band assembled? How long have you all known each other? How did you meet, when did you form your band? What inspired you to make music together?

Ah the Band...and its history. I formed my first band at the end of 2007, but the band I have now is totally different and has a very unique story surrounding it. There is too much to tell in one question though. My drummer and I are the longest running members; we have been together over a year now. The current band consists of Jon Barr on drums, John Mark Odom on lead guitar, and Kyle Baughman on the bass. These three guys were the band for my ex-boyfriend, my ex-guitar player, before it disassembled. We all met through my ex because all the boys went to school together and were buddies growing up. After knowing each other for about a year, it just seemed like a natural fit to grab Kyle and John Mark and let the boys jam together again.

Q. Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
I am signed with South City Records here in Hattiesburg, and I am a member of the PRO ASCAP.

Q. Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs? Do