Natasha Daniel Bedingfield

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Natasha and Daniel Bedingfield

“These Words”
“If You’re Not The One”
Two massive hits from two missing music siblings

by Christopher Smith

Once upon a time there was a boy called Daniel (born 1979). He has a sister called Natasha (born 1981). They liked music. So they became pop stars.

Daniel went first. He released a single in November 2001 called “Gotta Get Thru This”. It went to number one in the UK. It was also a big hit across the rest of the world including the United States, where it made No.10 on the singles chart and No.1 on the dance chart.

His released his debut album in 2002 of the same name. It sold over a million and a half copies in the UK and half a million copies in America.

Five hit singles were released from the album, including another big global smash hit “If You’re Not The One”, which made No.1 in the UK and No.15 in the US.

In 2004 little sister Natasha decided she would have a go too. She released a single called… err…“Single”. It reached No.3 in the UK and began a prosperous chart career for her too.

Her debut album “Unwritten” sold over a million copies in the UK and, like her brother Daniel, half a million copies in the US.

She topped the singles chart with “These Words”, which also reached No.17 Stateside and charted high across the rest of the world.

Later that same year, her brother Daniel released his follow up album “Second First Impression”, preceded by the single “Nothing Hurts Like Love”, which reached No.3 in the UK.

The album charted at No.8 in the UK as was Gold certified for sales of 200,000. Two further singles were released, but failed to reach the UK top 10.

Natasha’s second release “N.B.” came in 2007, with the single “I Wanna Have Your Babies” being issued prior to the album. The single reached No.7 in the UK.

In the US and Canada the LP was titled “Pocketful Of Sunshine”. It peaked at No.3 in the States and No.9 in the UK.

Since then Daniel has recorded only sporadically. In 2012 he released an extended EP “Stop The Traffik-Secret Fear”. He has been working primarily as a song writer for other artists, including “I Wanna Feel” For SecondCity which topped the UK chart in 2014.
Since 2016, he has appeared in the West End musical ‘The War Of The Worlds’ as The Artilleryman.

In 2010 Natasha released her third studio album “Strip Me” (US) “Strip Me Away” (rest of the world). It was never released in the UK. It reached No.106 in the US and No.45 in Germany. Since then she has recorded only occasionally. In 2012 She announced that work had begun on a fourth studio album. To date, nothing has materialised.

In late 2017 Natasha released the video for a new track “Hey Boy” and there is a promise of new music in the very near future…!

…and here it is. Brand new for 2019…

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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