With over 15 years of experience singing at every kind of event possible, Dublin-based vocalist Natalie Turner is forging a career path in the Irish music scene and as a professional wedding and events singer. Having garnered praise for her melodic voice, she was classically trained from the age of 12 and began singing in various school choirs. She has also pursued jazz and music theatre vocal coaching, and this, along with her supreme versatility and soulful tone, means Natalie is the perfect choice to provide a wonderful musical atmosphere for your wedding day or special event.
A full time member and soloist with the Dublin Gospel Choir and the lead singer and frontwoman for one of Ireland's most engaging and fun wedding and party bands, Fierce Big Bonanza, Natalie is a dynamic, passionate and confident singer who adds a touch of class and sass to all her performances, whether at a wedding ceremony, drinks reception, corporate event, birthday party or music festival!
Growing up in the UK and Dublin and surrounded by the sounds of original soul, R'n'B, jazz and blues from a young age, Natalie began her vocal training at the age of 12 with renowned vocal coaches Julia Canavan, Liz Foster and Tine Verbeke, as well as completing her piano and singing grades with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.
Having sung with various school choirs and performing in places as diverse as the Wexford Opera Festival, the National Concert Hall, the Feis Ceoil in the RDS Dublin and on a musical tour of Calgary, Canada, as well as appearing in various musicals, stage shows and pantos in lead roles, Natalie went on to become a backing singer in 2008 for the Irish blues-rock band History of Harry, performing at festivals and headline slots. She was also a backing singer for the singer-songwriter Nico Fitz and his band, and recorded vocals for his album in 2010.
Natalie achieved her Higher Diploma in Music Performance from Ballyfermot College of Further Education in 2011. While there, she formed her own 7-piece soul and Motown-influenced band Battered Soul, where she wrote and composed a bulk of the material. Battered Soul also performed as the headline band at the final year gig in The Village in May 2011. As part of the course, she had the opportunity to travel to the renowned Pop Akademie in Hammelburg, Germany in March 2011 for a 6-day intensive songwriting and performance course.
From there, Natalie joined the celebrated funk, disco and hip-hop band The Indecent Cigar Emporium (The I.C.E.) in 2012 as one of the lead vocalists. They played the coveted late night Friday slot at Knockanstockan Festival for several years running, as well as releasing their single 'Can't Stop Me Healing' to great acclaim in December 2014. She has recorded vocals for the upcoming album of the trad-fusion group Wicker Bones, set for release in 2018, and for several tracks by the electronic artist Amber Man. In the midst of writing tracks for her upcoming EP, she will also be releasing her own new music this year.
Natalie regularly tours around Ireland with the renowned Dublin Gospel Choir and has shared the stage with such luminaries as Duran Duran for their encore at Electric Picnic 2017, as well as Irish electronic artist Brian Deady in the 3Arena for the 2FM ISPCC Christmas Ball 2016, and accompanying The Connor McKeon Band onstage for the Legends of Swing concert. She has had the opportunity to perform in prestigious venues such as The National Concert Hall, The Grand Opera House in Belfast, The Royal Hospital Kilmainham, The Wexford Opera House and the annual Bluefire Street Fest in Smithfield. In September 2017, Natalie was honoured to perform as part of the 75-piece choir with the legendary Maestro Ennio Morricone for his final Irish concert in the 3Arena!
Having gained experience performing in Ireland's top venues and at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Body and Soul, Knockanstockan and Life Festival, Natalie has honed her stagecraft and skills to give expressive, impassioned and energetic performances.
As the singer for the Irish jazz trio When You're Smiling, Natalie has sung in venues, restaurants, cocktail bars and at weddings all around Ireland and the UK. Follow her on Facebook for more gig updates, recordings and videos!
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