Photos by Dave Warner

Sunday night, Natalie Forteza performed in front of a packed house at The Shop on Main Street.

Soft and subtle, both sultry and sweet, Natalie has a fantastic ability to push familiar buttons in the listener’s soul, but also find new ones they may not even be aware of. Natalie’s vocal talent is hard to miss.

Legendary R&B artist Porter Carroll Jr. [Atlantic Starr founder, Hall & Oates percussionist] felt there was something truly special here. Carroll stepped in to help materialize her talent, which led to an introduction to Grammy winner Michael League from Snarky Puppy, who produced her EP.

“Man on the Moon,” “Feels so Good,” “Kiss,” “Too Late Too Soon” titles from her debut EP “01”; are musical escapes to passionate places where love, mystery and loss all manage to swirl together.

“Over the course of just four songs on her debut recording, Lower Hudson Valley native Natalie Forteza introduces herself as a commanding vocalist and songwriter of considerable impact. Aided and abetted by Grammy Award-winning producer Michael League of Snarky Puppy, who impeccably contextualizes her voice in a brilliant bath of crystalline acoustic and electronic textures, Forteza shines here with her dynamic range of rhythms and emotions. Obvious touchstones are Sade and Norah Jones, but I hear glimpses of Stevie Wonder, Astrud Gilberto, and Anita Baker as well.”

-Seth Rogovoy / Chronogram Magazine

Learn more about Natalie, and listen to some of her music, at her website: