Natalie Duque

FRESH: ‘Stay’ – Natalie Duque

Natalie Duque releases “Stay”

LA based singer and songwriter Natalie Duque has just released her new single “Stay”. An evocative ballad, the song is led by her expressive vocals and accompanied by a piano along with minimalist arrangement. The song about losing someone too quickly and unexpectedly, Natalie wrote “Stay” the week after NBA star Kobe Bryant passed away. The tragic death of the athlete along with his daughter inspired the song, with Natalie thinking about Bryant’s wife and what she must have gone through, not knowing about the tragedy that was going to occur that day.

This mirrored Natalie’s own experience of her grandfather going for a minor procedure at the hospital only to unexpectedly die of a heart attack. “Stay” is about that grief and all the small moments one should never take for granted. The song opens with Natalie’s vocals laid bare with just a piano accompaniment rising to a powerful chorus which accepts the loss, any loss, with the line “no, you couldn’t stay”. The song closes as poignantly as it arrived, having dealt with the grief, but not forgetting the memory of the one who has gone. That is something that will stay on and live on forever more.

Natalie made her debut in 2012 with her EP “Show And Tell”, followed later that same year with another EP, “Shine Your Light”. Natalie look time and care before returning in 2018 with her third EP, “Brave Is Beautiful” while “Stay” is her second release of 2020, following this Spring’s “Rise”, another piano ballad that could well serve as a call-to-arms with the global pandemic. “We’re all in this together”, but as Natalie observes, “somehow we’ll rise”. And by joining together, observing restrictions we can rise from the burning house. Only great music and great songs will get us there and that is something Natalie Duque offers wholeheartedly.

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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!