Black Soul Street Series: Say Hello to Jas NaTasha
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Happy Wednesday Luvs!
You may have caught on to me spotlighting women on Wednesdays lately so I had to keep the trend going with a breathtaking refreshing female artist by the name of Jas NaTasha. I first met Jas NaTasha at the "Black Soul Street" event in October 2015 and her voice just resonated to me. It put me in the mind of so many artists I adore including Corrine Bailey Rae. However, Jas Natasha has her own unique sound and brand that is intriguing audiences nationwide. She's even got me thinking about trying vegan cuisines. So once on a brisk January day we took a moment to chat about her music, career goals, and what's next for her in 2016!
So here's how it all went down.........
So how did your career in music begin?
Jas NaTasha: "I started in elementary school participating in choirs but once I got to high school I started taking it more seriously. I started taking voice lessons but also lessons outside of it like Broadway style lessons. Because that's what I really wanted to do like acting, music theatre, and I went to UNC-G majoring in it for a little bit then changing it. My mom and dad are both singers plus my aunt sings in Vegas so its always been in my family."
Who are your musical inspirations?
Jas NaTasha: "Corrine Bailey Rae was probably like the first one. Then there is Nai Palm of Hiatus Kaiyote they are amazing. Erykah Badu of course, Janelle Monae, and Adele too she's kind of been an influence in shaping my sound."
When did you decide to become a professional singer?
Jas NaTasha: "Its something I always wanted but I kind of got stuck in that mindset of go to college and get a job thinking. So I was in my 3rd year of school and I was like I don't want to be here. Its fine if that's for you but for me it was not the time or place for me. So then I started skipping class wanting to go record and that's when I realized that's what I wanted to do. I moved to Baltimore for a little while and performed but I still was so nervous and terrified to do this. In 2015 I was working with Payroll Entertainment out of Greensboro and we did a few shows but when I came back I literally forced myself to do an open mic night at Skewers. I was so nervous my tongue was numb but once I started performing it was the best feeling so then I started going to open mic nights around town just to practice performing more."
Songwriting Process: It always seems to happen when I'm driving because I have my mind clear and everything just flows. - Jas NaTasha
What is next for 2016?
Jas NaTasha: "I've been working on my EP for like 2 years and I just want to make sure that its clean. I have so many songs that have been written but now I'm going through selecting each of them to make sure it all flows. Quentin Rashad is producing it and Stephen Munoz, who runs open mic at Skewers, he's crazy talented he can play any instrument so he's also producing as it as well. I'm hoping to have it done by the Summer or a little bit before. Starting in May I will start touring so I'm going to San Francisco, Oakland, LA and then DC, Philly, NY so it will be mini tour dates."
Jas NaTasha presents youthful filled soul music for us to escape in. Her kind spirit and caring personality lights up the room every time I see her. Her story is one to inspire. How many of us as we are reading this are working in positions or sitting in a classroom feeling less fulfilled especially when we have God-given gifts that could take us into new careers. I admire her zeal of life to go for her dreams and not only be a wishful thinker but a proactive successful artist. Her career is definitely one to watch!
Until next time ladies and gentleman this is The Lux Blog - K. Knight