natalie bancroft

natalie bancroft

natalie bancroft


Title
opera singer that likes to mix things up with jazz and all different genres! lucky to work with amazing ballet dancers and all art forms
Bio
You can find our music on iTunes :🎀
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/natalie-bancroft/1278433735
Spotify:🎧
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1j89SDTGy5vTanV3JZuPsI
And all our music videos on YouTube:πŸŽ₯
https://www.youtube.com/c/NatalieB
Website

Recent Submissions

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Haus am See by Natalie Bancroft

Leks Maltby

On "Haus am See" by Natalie Bancroft, listeners are treated to three-and-a-half minutes of German lo-fi pop. Relying on little more than a few intersecting synth melodies and a very simple beat, it keeps the focus sharp on Bancroft's brooding lead vocal. Even if you don't understand a word of German, there is a sultry quality to her voice that resonates across linguistic barriers. The overall vibe of the song is very chill and contemplative. "Haus am See" is a slow-burning song to be sure, a gradually building crescendo rather than a burst of energy. As such, the end result is much more gratifying if you stick it out to the end of the song.

Indie Band Guru

Cool vibe. For a soundtrack though I feel there are too many vocals. Focus on the pretty sound.

Raymond Flotat

Great song! Mein Deutsch ist nicht gut, so I can't comment too much on the lyrical delivery here. Though, I will say, a really good cover. Great production and performance overall. I normally would have some very specific notes on how to try to really bring the best out of the song, but I have little to add to this. It's pretty solid throughout without much need for modification. The only note I think I can come up with here is that the song might be just a smidge too long. Without some kind of powerful emotional payoff to the ending, it feels like maybe it would be good to have it end just a little bit earlier than it does. Other than though, great all the way through. Thanks very much for the submission! 

Scott Cohen

Super cool. Catchy.

SD Hox

Natalie is back at it, this time with some electronic beats and German lyrics. I really like it. It has a global vibe and Natalie's vocals sound good in any language.

Hugh McIntyre

I can't understand the lyrics, but I still enjoyed the tune. It had a special, likable ethereal quality to it, and while I think it could have gone just a bit further, it's well done and interesting and certainly pleasant to listen to.

Chris Lovett

Hey Natalie, great to hear from you and absorb this piece. I did German in GCSE about 20 years ago, I dont remember any of it! Not being familiar with the original this becomes a stand alone piece for me and its really impressive how you make the lyrics in a different language sound quite flawless. Do you speak German as well, because if you dont and you're just singing the lyrics then that is super impressive. The piece has a really relaxed vibe to it and gives me a sense of ease and calm. The musicianship bringing this all together is top class and very professional, similar to your other tracks, they all present a well crafted piece of art. 
In regards to promo activity, we are in weird times and you may have seen artists get even more creative with how they promote their material and brand. In person live shows are out of action for the time being, so how do you still offer opportunities out to your followers? Whatever you do now will have implications on the future of your promotional activities so its time to experiment, test and learn. I watched Major Lazer stream a live set on a Sunday afternoon in LA (Sunday evening here) and they had 1 hour of a DJ live streaming on instagram, facebook live and twitch. We then cut to Diplo in his home who had his DJ equipment set up, who was skyping with Marcus Mumford who was in his home. There were even dancers in their home so a 4 way connection to present this 'show'. It wasnt perfect by any means but we can all be a bit forgiving in this moment. At least they offered us fans a few hours of good times, partying and enjoying connecting with artists. How can you and your collaborators do something similar to lift everyone? My friend Ellie Hall has done live streams of her gigs in different rooms in her house, with a paypal tip jar set up. Sofar sounds are doing something similar. You've probably got more people online now than ever before, get promoting and offering new opportunities. Theres also a thought about collaboration opportunities too, musicians maybe creating more than ever in their homes but who in your wishlist of people to work with are stuck indoors? Reach out and see what happens. Its a strange time because half of the advice I would have given before is now redundant so we all have to adapt, those who do quicker than the rest will be fine. There are no crap ideas at the moment, online pub quizes are around, what about online kareoke bars, what about collaborating with the places where you would have played live before and seeing what they could offer. My local pub, who's quiz I used to go to, now deliver food. They made that happen quickly enough, but they dont deliver me the DJ on friday nights or the games nights, maybe venues need to think bigger how they still book artists but their sets are streamed on their facebook page instead. Reach out and work with them on that. Dont be the blockbuster video, be the netflix! Be safe, be well and innovate. 

Brian Hazard

I listened to the original first, and I like yours better! How many languages do you speak?

I'll get it out of the way β€” too loud. Both the overall track and the vocal level over the backing track. There's just no reason to pursue this volume level, because both YouTube and Spotify are just going to turn it down. Visit loudnesspenalty.com if you don't know what I'm talking about.

By the end, the vocal level works. It would've been better to start quiet and build to this point though. It would make for a more satisfying build, instead of the sense that the entire track is gradually getting quieter due to the compression and limiting in mastering.

I found the original a little boring, but this arrangement manages to stay interesting enough to hold my attention, again despite the language barrier.

Happy to share this too! I'll schedule it to give the first one some time to breathe.

Hope you're staying safe and healthy Natalie!

Brian.

Alan Cross

With my German confined to "shadenfreunde" Kraftwerk" and "kummerspeck," I have no idea what you're singing about, but that doesn't matter. This is extremely pretty in any language.

This certainly belongs on any chillout playlist. You might also find some friends on US satellite radio, so I'd recommend getting in touch with them. And what about 6 Music on the BBC? They're open to some foreign language material.

I'll send this out on my social networks. That will be good for at least 100,000 people.

Bob Lugowe

 I like this track and all the different styles and languages you can perform in. Maybe you should focus on telling the story of all these styles and languages that you are versed in and how it relates to your art. SImilar to what I said in the last entry, but for starters, I would suggest by including a brief bio about your project along with a short description of the track (why you covered it and it how it relates to you as an artist) and links to your socials (if you have them) and places to hear more music as this is your elevator pitch in front of the right people so you want to provide as much info as possible in a clear and concise manner and make it easy for anyone to hear more if they'd like. I would also suggest putting all of your music on bandcamp, perhaps as pay what you want to build a fanbase as that is the #1 site for indie music fans to discover and purchase music. You should also consider making a music video for any focus singles  (this one could have emotional imagery of you and your son and help inspire during these difficult times) and hiring a publicist to promote any upcoming release to get some attention in the media. Also be sure to use all of the available and FREE artist tools across the DSPs like Spotify for Artists, Apple Music for Artists, Amazon Music for Artists and Bandcamp's artist platform as these will provide great insight into your fanbase, how your music is performing and allow you to optimize your profiles and pitch for inclusion on playlists in certain instances. Best of luck!

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Mine by Natalie Bancroft

Hugh McIntyre

I liked this, but I wasn't really in love. I think it needed to go somewhere else. I felt myself tuning out as it was a bit too slow for my taste and maybe didn't expand enough into a fully-formed complete idea.

Benjamin Groff

Hey Natalie - really liked this from the start - the whole mysterious setting and great arrangement, vocal and song is all really strong - and the video too.  I'm just thinking how I can help out with this one but it just misses the zone for me as far as what I would post at We Are: The Guard or on the signing front.  I would say for me it's just a little bit on the theatrical side (not that that's a bad thing at all).  In other words - I wanted to say that I really appreciate this as a full piece - I just am not sure how I can help on beyond that.  But great work.  Maybe you want to try some YouTube advertising using AdSense and target fans of Enya, Sarah Brightman, etc?  Feel you could get a lot of mileage there with that and direct people to your Spotify artist profile  Just an idea.  If you set it up right you can really target very specifically by country, age, keywords (who people are listening to already) and you should be able to get that down to .01-.02 cents per view.  

Brian Hazard

Natalie! Lovely song and video.

I love how it eventually resolves to major, but only for a few seconds and we're back to the minor and mysterious.

Must have been a fun video to make! The dancing is wonderful, not that I'm in expert in these matters. Cool that you "got your feet wet" too so to speak! πŸ˜‚

The ending section is really powerful, epic and yet enigmatic.

I think this is my favorite thing I've heard from you. Great work! I'm happy to share of course.

Happy holidays and all that good stuff!

Brian

Alan Cross

Another beautiful track. Well done.

This screams movie placement to me. What have you done in regards to getting your material to music supervisors? 

Another question: What's going on with yours social media strategies? Are you implementing things that are spreading the word on what you do?

Finally, where else are you finding traction? If I know that, I can offer some recommensations.

Andrea Young

Production values awesome on this strong, dramatic track.  Loud, clear and so well done.  Video makes me want to dance (be a ballerina).  The track doesn't resonate with us as much as we'd want it to, but we're personally not a fan of big dramatic instrumental backgrounds, except in musicals. To that end, the track sounds like it belongs in a theatrical production a la Phantom of the Opera or The Greatest Showman!  It is not in the current U.S. pop soundstyle, and would be tough to place marketing-wise because of that.  It ends incredibly abruptly so we're thinking you've only sent a partial track, so that makes it tough to give full feedback.  Very well done, and beautiful.  I got on Spotify and if I've got the right profile (had to guess), I really enjoy your other tracks there, and will include Gracias a la Vida on a playlist or show sometime soon.  Thanks for your submission, and good luck with your music! 

Bob Lugowe

Beautifully shot music video with a lovely song to accompany it. For starters, I would suggest including the artist name in the title of the music video and include a link to your socials, website and streaming services to hear more music in the description of the video plus your Fluence description. I would also suggest including a short bio and lyrics with your Fluence description as this is your elevator pitch and your chance to be heard by industry people so you should give them as much important info in a concise manner as possible. If you're trying to get more visiblity around an upcoming video, single, album, etc. consider hiring a publicist who can help with a campaign and get it in front of press, etc. Once a video or song is out it's harder to build that momentum unless you're creating content that has the potential to go viral. A publicist is definitely a worthy investment especially if you have the budget for good looking music videos and you could also consider hiring marketing firm that could help manage / promote your next project. Also, playing live as much as possible to the right audience is definitely crucial to build a real fan base. Best of luck!

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A Modo Tuo by Natalie Bancroft

Leks Maltby

"A Modo Tuo" by Natalie Bancroft finds the soulful singer returning with a delicate four-and-a-half minute piano ballad. All language barriers aside, there is a deeply emotional quality to the vocal delivery that transcends all language barriers. The emotion is real, and that's what translates on the song. The instrumentation is varied enough to keep things interesting for the listener: guitars take the place of keys in the song's second half, sweeping strings dominate the song's third quarter. There is a very orchestral quality to the arrangement, but it doesn't feel overproduced or too lofty. Somehow the song retains all the endearing qualities of its simple, unassuming beginnings. Through all the instrumental changes, Bancroft's voice remains the sole guiding light carrying the listener along on this musical journey, the only constant in a song with a lot of moving parts involved.

Brian Hazard

Lovely! Of course I have no idea what you're singing, but the gentle rising lines have a certain optimism in them that we could all use right around now.

Oh, I know "tutti" πŸ˜‚

This has got to be a tough time #1 to be pregnant, if the image is current, and #2 to be a performer. At least #1 isn't interfering like #2 as it normally might.

As usual, I feel like the mastering is a little too aggressive for the semiclassical style, but it gets the job done.

Happy to share this! Moving on to your other submission...

Brian.

Alan Cross

Okay, so how many languages do you know? Lovely cover. I'll send this one out on my networks, too.

Bob Lugowe

Really pretty song done by a singer with clear talent and passion. For starters, I would suggest by including a brief bio about your project along with a short description of the track (why you covered it and it how it relates to you as an artist) and links to your socials (if you have them) and places to hear more music as this is your elevator pitch in front of the right people so you want to provide as much info as possible in a clear and concise manner and make it easy for anyone to hear more if they'd like. I would also suggest putting all of your music on bandcamp, perhaps as pay what you want to build a fanbase as that is the #1 site for indie music fans to discover and purchase music. You should also consider making a music video for any focus singles  (this one could have emotional imagery of you and your son and help inspire during these difficult times) and hiring a publicist to promote any upcoming release to get some attention in the media. Also be sure to use all of the available and FREE artist tools across the DSPs like Spotify for Artists, Apple Music for Artists, Amazon Music for Artists and Bandcamp's artist platform as these will provide great insight into your fanbase, how your music is performing and allow you to optimize your profiles and pitch for inclusion on playlists in certain instances. Best of luck!

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Perfidia by Natalie Bancroft

RADIO KSCR

This song is amazing!  The melody the singing all of it is perfect.  I would love to play it on the station.  

Indie Band Guru

Beautiful vocals as usual, even in a different language. Elegant sounds come from all angles.

Chris Heintz

First and foremost thank you for reaching out and submitting. 

Starting out Natalie's voice hit me instantly like thunder before a storm. She has a silky and haunting tone which evokes a sense of mystery and darkness. There are some wonderful harmonies throughout the piece that rumble the soul. The track really pushes forward like a Broadway show musically and emotionally. I hear classical mixed with what I would say is progressive melodies and cinematic production. I like the big drums and industrial aspects within the backing music. There are so many great elements mixed in to make this record. I had to listen to it twice. I have nothing, but praise for the piece. Please message me...

Travis Keller

Sounded good but I don’t listen to this kinda music not do I really understand it. Thumbs up tho. Strings sounded bomb. πŸ™Œ

Scott Cohen

Stunning vocal.  Love this.

Benjamin Groff

Hi Natalie...thanks for the submission.  Really beautiful piece and great voice.  Sadly, I just don't have a place for it as far as what my daily activities are...i'm really looking for indie pop, pop, r&b, hip hop, electronic etc.  But I did enjoy the song...I'm sure you'll have some good success with it.  It's not also not my expertise in the genre and I'm not sure i have much comments to offer other than it sounds great!  

SD Hox

Powerful vocals and an interesting rhythmic twist on this classic track. I've added this song to my Late Night World Groove playlist on Spotify. https://spoti.fi/2toNO0M  Thanks for sharing!  

Chris Lovett

Blimey this is a bit good. Not really anything i'd listen to but i appreciate talent when i hear it. Quality vocals in your own language is one thing but then doing it in another is something else. Massive congratulations on putting this together. The harmonies are superb, easily the stand out thing on this track for me. The choir BV is also great. The ending is quite haunting actually and then finished with a glimmer of hope! Really well put together and always happy to share such talent. Please get out and do some live shows, the people need to hear you up close and personal. All the best, Chris

Alan Cross

Another great performance and recording. Good luck with the ballet gig. And yes, I'll share this one again.

Bob Lugowe

Beautiful rendition with great production that really puts the vocal talent on display. I think a visual piece would go well with this song to showcase the grandeur of the track. I would suggest hiring a publicist to get some local and national attention around your new single / album releases and to take advantage of your consistent output. Consider hiring a manager too who is connected who can help you get new opportunities with live shows, licensing deals, branded content, etc. best of luck!

Brian Hazard

I always have to turn down my speakers for your tracks! As I've mentioned before, the mastering feels way too aggressive for the genre. But now I'm just nagging... 😜

You've got quite a range! And you can roll your r's nicely πŸ’ͺ🏻.

Love the way the arrangement builds, and all those vocal touches are spectacular.

I'm a little confused though β€” you say all the vocals are yours, but then it says "live performance"? Clearly this isn't live.

Wow, you took it up yet another notch at the end. It sounds positively huge!

Happy to share of course. I hope this is the one that catches on! 🀞🏻

Brian.

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Benjamin Groff

Hey Natalie...I really like the vibes here...classy all around, the song, voice, production and video.  The only thing is that I just don't really work in this lane as far as jazz vocal standards.  I would think though there must be some great pockets for this in Spotify and such.  Really not sure I have much advice to offer. I saw that the video only had 98 views and i think you should be doing way better.  Have you ever looked into Google Adwords for Video.  I use it all the time to make sure people who I think would like a certain release are able to check it out via a pre roll YouTube ad.  More on that here...great results for the money spent in my opinion. https://www.google.com/landing/awv/?sourceid=awo&subid=us-en-ha-v_ads_hasearch  Hope ethat's helpful.  

SD Hox

Great choice for a cover. Natalie's vocals are more than strong enough for this song. The usual great production and captivating video make this track another winner. Can't wait for Natalie's big breakout! Thanks for sharing and I'm going to include this in my "Cover Me Cool" playlist. https://open.spotify.com/user/playlistgiants/playlist/323eTj0Ftsp8767eUgZyNL?si=K5mjr6WfShaD3DJY8xVqAw

Hugh McIntyre

Very pretty, great voice, great instrumentation. I liked this a lot!

Chris Lovett

Thanks for sharing Natalie, i really enjoyed this. I think you've got something with the singing and dancers combo as a presentation for ths piece. I had a vision of you with band playing in a jazz club and you bring out dancers on some of the tracks to accompany the delivery of it. Of course, theres already plenty of avenues i've suggested before to explore so i wont repeat those but with a fresh year ahead of you, what are you aiming to achieve? What goals do you and your crew have? If you're a little stuck and just going through the motions, i'd love to offer you an hours worth of coaching. So if you want to have a chat about your project and put some extra sauce on it, just drop me an email and i'd love to support you in your journey. im on either hellominimalings@gmail.com or cjlovett4@gmail.com - have a wonderful weekend. Chris

Alan Cross

Another good one. Love the noir-ish video, too. 

Any luck with sync placements? Like I've said in the past, this material is perfect for many different uses. Check out a company called Music Gateway. They seem like good guys and have a worldwide reach.

Try this site, too:  https://www.dittomusic.com/blog/how-to-submit-music-for-tv-and-film

I'll share this one, too.

Bob Lugowe

Great song and the video perfectly captures the vibe of the track. I would suggest delivering your videos to Apple Music since you have a profile there for extra visibility. Consider using Vevo as well for a platform and boosting your videos on Facebook, instagram and twitter as a promotional tool. Target similar artists and you should see your fanbase grow a bit. Also consider hiring a publicist for your next video release to get a media partner or partners to support it. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

Love the story intro! Really sets the tone.

The piano sounds warm and the sax sultry. And your voice sounds wonderful, as usual!

The horns and guitar really fill out the arrangement nicely. Talk about a quality cover! You've made it your own.

Sooner or later, one of these videos has to tickle YouTube's algorithm the right way. Maybe this will be the one that gets the attention it deserves!

I'm of course happy to share it. I'll queue it up for tomorrow!

Brian.

Andrea Young

Artful and a pleasure to watch and listen to.   Send a high quality mp3 to andrea@aspenbeat.com with 'Fluence Request - Artist Name - Track TItle' in the subject line and I'll add to playlists and shows.  I've added to my  Aspenbeat 'Jazz From Aspen' Spotify playlist to start (it only has a few followers though).  Love the vocals and interpretation of this track. Right on all the way!  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music!

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Oblivion by Natalie Bancroft

Bree Noble

Great song. Can you send us over the mp3 to play on the podcast?

Indie Band Guru

Interesting take on the song. Hardly recognizable. Beautiful vocals. Nice spa feel to the instrumentation. Elegant.

SD Hox

Natalie keeps cranking out the tunes in a consistently reliable manner. Top notch vocals as always on this impressive cover of Bastille's original. Great job and thanks for sharing.

Hugh McIntyre

Very cool. I was into the vibe of this song, and you clearly know how to make your vocals work for the music you want to make.

Chris Lovett

Hey Natalie, happy new year. This is a good reinvention of the original, really feeling the delicate tones and it feels really soothing. Its a very calm place to come. Throughout the piece i get the vibe that the listener can really connect with this on many levels, the vocals are, as always, on point and the strings are very strong. When the keys drop in and lead every now and then they add another element to it that just oozes class. Its all so well put together. Some similar type of tracks offer a bit of a creschendo at the back end and i was anticipating a bit of that so when it did just fade away i didnt know how to feel. On the second go around it works but my natural inclination was to expect a big climax, bringing everything together. Maybe an option if you're performing it live with full band? It would also look great with some of the choreography dance as well, i know you like to include that in some of your offerings. A total presentation for the senses!
Great to see you're still creating and delivering some really good stuff. What does 2019 have in store? What are your goals for this year? Look forward to seeing more from you soon!

Alan Cross

Nice work, this. Frankly, I'm not much of a fan of Bastille--too over-produced for my tastes--but you've turned this into something quite lovely.

I know we've gone back and forth before, so I won't repeat anything I've said before other than to reinforce how your music might be perfect for certain types of licensing situations. Music supervisors are always looking for interesting covers for projects.

Again, I'll share this on my social networks.

Bob Lugowe

Beautiful rendition of a great song. I really dig the artwork as well. This general sound really complements your voice and I think it's the right direction for your talents. Consider hiring a publicist to help you with your next single and perhaps making a music video for this track. I would also suggest including a short bio and more detailed description of the song (why you chose this song, any special instrumentation, etc.) and links to hear more of your music with your Fluence description. You should always make sure any pitches have as much info as possible in case people want to hear more. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

Hi Natalie! I can't think Oblivion without thinking Elder Scrolls. You probably have no idea what I'm talking about. Clearly I haven't heard the original.

Lovely strings. Vocal seems quite loud. Something odd happening pitch-wise at 0:40.

Ooh I really like the way this builds, and the blue notes in the melody, which you execute soulfully!

In the melisma at 1:54, it feels like one of those notes should be a half-step higher! Anyhoo...

Wow it's gotten a lot louder by 2:33. The vocal level feels about right now, whereas up to this point it was clearly too high. I know I have to automate the level, and even the compressor threshold, to rise and fall with the rest of the arrangement.

Really beautiful singing at the climax!

I'll definitely share this! Right now in fact...

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The Christmas Song by Natalie Bancroft

Indie Band Guru

Excellent version of a classic holiday song. Maybe too close to the original.

SD Hox

Just in time for the holidays comes this lovely track from Natalie Bancroft. A timeless feel that should fit perfectly on Christmas playlists for years to come. Thanks for sharing!!

Hugh McIntyre

This was so lovely! It's tough to do something different when it comes to xmas music as it feels like it's all been done before, but this is a great addition :-)

Kevin Hugger

I had been looking forward to this and of course you don't disappoint! Presenting us with a crooner into the bargain to make for the warmest of Christmas sounds that is full of memories and nice little individual touches. The production is lush and the vocal chemistry is authentic, yep it stacks up with all the great renditions of this cherishable classic. Have a great holiday season, this will certainly help make ours be one to remember. I've added it to mp3hugger's 'Christmas 2018' playlist on spotify and a tweet is upcoming!

Chris Lovett

Recording quality on this is superb. Very very professional. Its a delightful offering and makes me all warm inside. Harmonies are great and a lovely christmas cover. Really enjoyed it. Technically i cant really fault it, you are normally on point with most, if not all, of the musical elements when putting a piece together.
I just provided some feedback to another artist and wondered if it would help you as well? Are you actively seeking support slots on other artists shows? I've seen some of our network get good success from jumping on a gig and opening up. You potentially open yourself up to a whole new batch of people and some of them will stick. What are your plans for 2019? Might be worth identifying some jazz shows for established artists and offering to support - maybe even doing some for free. I know the pizza express soho always has great jazz / funk nights (been to a few myself) and that clientelle just keep coming back for more. Maybe have a look on their website for shows next year and see which ones you could offer your services on. Just a thought. Anyway with this track, i now know its nearly christmas and must go and wrap my presents. Have a good one Natalie, been a pleasure listening to you this year. Let us know how you get on. Chris

Alan Cross

This is really nice. Smart, too, because there are so many radio stations flipping to 24/7 Christmas music formats. People love new recordings of traditional Christmas songs providing they have the same vibe as the treasured older versions. 

You're probably a bit late to see much uptake for 2018, but a well-done Christmas song like this has the potential to become evergreen, which means money every year.

The trick is to get this version on the radar of people who choose songs for Christmas radio stations. Start with seeding this to a variety of streaming playlists where it has a chance of getting discovered.

Are you signed? Do you have a radio plugger? If so, get them to push this to those all-Christmas stations.

Second, look around for labels that offer compilations of Christmas music. That can be a good way of getting the distribution you need.

Bob Lugowe

Beautiful version of this classic. I'd suggest perhaps making a music video or some sort of visual to go with the track. You should also consider releasing an EP or album for digital services as right now you're getting a good amount of listeners on Spotify but everything is a single so it makes it harder for the listener to engage with your music. You should also look into hiring a publicist to help work your music to press and lastly include a short bio and links to hear more of your music in the description. Best of luck!

Brian Hazard

Man, Desmond can get up there! You two sound great together. I wish he were a little louder in some of the harmonies, especially in the coda.

I've spent the past few hours reviewing different sampled pianos, and this isn't one of the better ones, but once it's in the mix it sounds great, especially with the brushes from the drums to conceal the details.

I wonder if Desmond's spoken intro for you could be a dealbreaker in some contexts. It's certainly cringeworthy from my kids perspective - I can say that for sure! I thought it was kind of cute, but maybe a bit too out front.

Anyway, despite my distaste for Christmas music in general, you've done a wonderful job here, and I'm happy to share it!

Brian.

Andrea Young

I love the harmonies halfway through this track! The track itself is in more of an MOR style than our own personal style -- especially Desmond’s solo vocals in the beginning,  so it is not really a fit for us.  It is very simply produced and arranged, which makes for a sweet sound -- but my ears somehow want more production behind it.   Thanks for sending! Best in the new year for you and getting your music heard!

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Someone to Watch over Me by Natalie Bancroft

Indie Band Guru

Powerful and sultry vocals. Elegantly performed. 

D Grant Smith

Refreshing take on the classic song, while still holding onto elements that made this such a hit. Great use of textures and pacing. Not rushed or overdone. 

I know you're working on a few different styles of music and crossover elements. This is very well done. Where are you collecting all your new recordings together in one place?

Robal Johnson

Lovely voice, lovely cover. I picture an old smokey lounge with a jazz trio in a tv show. This is something that should be submitted to publishing and licensing companies that work with TV and film. Most independent licensing outlets will take unsolicited material, so make it stand out if it's a group that you think would fit with your song choices. Do your research, put together a proper EPK, and send a follow up note. It always helps to send some merchandise afterwards to remind them of your electronic submission. The important thing is to get noticed, so be noticeable. And keep gigging because you have clearly got that onstage vibe, so build your fanbase organically and create a loyal following. That is the only way to make it these days. 

Benjamin Groff

Thanks for the submission Natalie.  I think it's a great take on a classic standard.  Great voice, great instrumentation etc.  Only thing is that to be honest, on the publishing side for me since it's already a classic and on the We Are: The Guard side of things, we're looking more for beat driven indie and indie pop...but I did really enjoy this.  I do have one really valuable tip.  You should look up who publishes this song and make sure their synch department has it so they can pitch for synchs.  New versions like this are always valuable and you might get some traction there.  Hope that's helpful! 

Max Schneider

I like the moody, brooding take on an old classic. This song has been done so many different ways but I really like the cinematic elements of your version. Good stuff!

Scott Cohen

I think you are very talented.  No doubt about that.  Your music sits is unique space.  This is a good thing.  But also challenging.  You don't easily slot into the normal promotional channels.  You need to find either a good label or distributor who can start to work you onto the right mood/theme playlists.  That way you get around any genre issues.

Travis Keller

Not really my bag not sure why you sent this to me but sounds decent - pretty good cover. Thumbs up 

SD Hox

Another great song from the always-enchanting Natalie Bancroft. She puts a new twist on one of my favorite songs. Great work and thanks for sharing! Will feature this one on my upcoming Global Chill playlist.

Hugh McIntyre

I went into this song thinking it would be just another boring cover, but it is definitely more interesting than that. I am impressed at what you were able to do with a standard, and yet it doesn't feel like you took it too far. Good job!

Alan Cross

One of my favourite standards of all time--and one that's very hard to pull off convincingly. But you did it. Congrats!

All my previous tips still apply, especially the one about looking for licensing and sync deals. This recording is made for use that way.

I'll give this another share on my social networks.

Bob Lugowe

Great voice and an original style. I'd suggest including links to hear more music with your Fluence description along with a brief description about what you as an artist and the song are about. Depending on what your goals are, you should consider hiring a publicist, making a music video for an upcoming single and make sure to play out live as much as possible. The talent is definitely there, it's just a matter of spreading the word! Best of luck!

Kevin Hugger

As sumptous as ever from this act, a little of the Eartha Kitt creeping through too so we get a sultriness to go with the grandious arrangements. The effortlessness is palpable as those words are issued with the minimum of fuss but with the maximum impact. So much so that you could feasibly see Natalie doing justice on the James Bond theme tune for a future instalment of the franchise. There is a restraint too, that I haven't heard before and it showcases another dimension to an artist that always delivers the goods in widescreen. My fave of yours to date. My only wish is that you tackle a Christmas standard in the next few weeks. 

Brian Hazard

Lovely artwork again!

The pitch correction jumps out at me on the fifth note. Maybe it's because I've been doing a lot of vocal editing lately! It's tough when the vocal is so exposed.

Ooh, those strings are wonderful. Love the direction this is taking!

I know I say this a lot, but the mastering strikes me as really aggressive, especially for the genre. The dynamics feel overly constrained, with the "quiet" parts feeling too loud and the "huge" parts feeling reined in.

The exception is the ending, which works as-is. It makes me lean in just a little bit. Good stuff.

Happy to share it! Keep 'em coming Natalie! πŸ‘πŸ»

Brian.

Andrea Young

Love love the vocals on this.  They are wonderfully supported by the arrangement (not always the case in what we listen to).  Unusual arrangement that is tough to grab onto, and not a big fan of the song, but this is really well done, and we just added it to our jazz playlist on Spotify.  Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music! 

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Steps by Natalie Bancroft

Chris Lovett

More good stuff Natalie, the quality of the mix is excellent. The sound quality for the intro (vocals and silences) is really good and i'm pleased it steps up the more we ease our way into the track. Plus my headphones are average so just goes to show! It just oozes with professionalism in my opinon, delivery is bang on. Technically its all on point. The lyrics are really nice and i can connect to them however. personally its not my favourite of your releases, this type of song just doesnt do much for me, it doesnt give me as much joy as something more up tempo or with a bit more of a risk. With songs like this, its an opportunity to really show your range but i only got glimpses of it here. I just feel it was a bit safe. 
Theres no doubt that you've got all the right contacts, session musicians and talent to deliver a good set of solid tracks, it now depends on what you want to do with your collection. 
From the others you've sent, this one would be a solid album track for me. 
Thanks again for sharing, we really appreciate it and love to see how you progress and what you're up to next. Keep enjoying it, the journey is the best part. Chris

Andrea Young

Great vocals, great production values on this, we love it.  But the sonic style isn't quite our taste - a bit more MOR-ish than what we feature, its that simple.  Hope to hear something more from you all if you record in a different style at some point!  Also couldn't find you on Spotify, is this first release (I looked for critical mammoth). You've got impressive Ig following sort of a disconnect there.....Thanks for your submission, good luck with your music, hope to hear more!