Ultra Naté

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Ultra Naté

Once Ultra Naté was “Free”, she “Found A Cure”! But what good did that do her career today?

Ultra Naté (yes, that is her real name!) was born in Maryland in March 1970. She released her debut album, “Blue Notes In The Basement”, aged 19 in 1989. The album featured the singles “It’s Over Now” and “Is It Love?” which just scrapped inside the ‘lower section’ UK singles chart, and “Rejoicing (I’ll Never Forget)”, which made the top ten on the US dance chart. This was where Ultra would reap her success Stateside, where, to date, she has accumulated seven number one’s and a further twelve top ten placings.

Her second album “One Woman’s Insanity” followed in 1993 and featured the singles “Joy” and “How Long” (both of which reached No.2 on the US dance chart) and “Show Me”, the song that gave Ultra her first chart topper. After changing record labels at the end of 1994, Ultra began recording her third album “Situation: Critical”, which took four years before it appeared in 1997. The lead single “Free” would ultimately become her biggest and most recognisable song, topping the US dance chart and reaching No.4 on the UK singles chart, “Free” became a massive club anthem all over the world and has been listed amongst the greatest dance songs of the 1990’s.

Ultra followed this success with “Found A Cure”, which again topped the US dance chart and made the top ten on the UK singles chart, the precursor to her album “Situation: Critical”, which was released in April 1998. Two further singes were lifted from the album, “Pressure” and “New Kind Of Medicine”, both of which charted on the US dance chart. Ultra joined forces with singers Amber and Jocelyn Enriquez for their cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s 1970 single “If You Could Read My Mind” for the film ’54’ that year, which reached No.3 on the dance chart, No.52 on the Hot 100 and No.23 on the UK singles chart.

Ultra reappeared at the beginning of the 21st century with her fourth album “Stranger Than Fiction”, which included two US dance chart No.1’s, “Desire” and “Get It Up”. Her fifth album “Grime, Silk And Thunder” was released in 2005 and featured the hits “Love’s The Only Drug”, “Automatic” and “Give It All You Got”, her seventh US dance chart topper. She released the albums “Hero Worship” in 2011 and “Black Stereo Faith” in 2017, which featured the top ten singles “Turn It Up” (No.4 2011), “Unconditional” (No.2 2014) and “I’m Too Sexy (Touch This Skin” (No.7 2017), “a spirited alt-funked out cover” of Right Said Fred’s 1991 hit!

Ultra has frequently been in demand by other producers and DJ’s for their tracks and has collaborated with the likes of Tony Moran (“Destination” 2010 No.10), Gaudino (“Bittersweet Melody” 2005) and B-Crew (“Partay Feeling” 1997, US No.22, UK No.45). Her most recent of these was with David Harness on the track “Feeling Mighty” in 2018. She has now amassed twenty top ten hits on the US dance chart including her seven number one’s and is currently on tour in clubs across America, both performing and DJ-ing, with the prospect of new music in 2020!

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Written by Christopher Smith

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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