Here’s what happened when Ray Sang caught up with former Voice contestant and country singer Natalie Stovall.
What was it like being on The Voice, and what was the major lesson you took away from the experience?
It was such a rollercoaster! The Voice had reached out and asked me to audition for past seasons and it never felt like the right time. But something told me that I should audition this last season and it turned out to be quite the adventure. It reinforced something that I’ve always known and preached which is to Never Give Up. Just as you think things may be coming to a close – that’s when your COMEBACK happens. And I was overwhelmed with the support of the Stovall Army that banded together during the course of the show!
“Wine or Whiskey” and “Making Out In Cars” are very different stylistically. Is there a sound you prefer out of the two?
I fell in love hard and fast with both of these songs. And I didn’t want to put limitations on how to record them in the studio. It’s been so fun to find the voice of the song through the recording process. And I love the way that you can put Wine or Whiskey on repeat and it just kinda hypnotizes you.
You spent a lot of time touring after college, where was your favourite place to visit and why?
I LOVE traveling. And I LOVE discovering new places that I’ve never been. A few of my favs over the years have been: Panama City Beach for the Tuna BLTs and parties; Stowe, Vermont for skiing and being snowed in; Rota, Spain for the quaint little European town; Isla Mujeres, Mexico for the food and tequila; anywhere in Japan for the sweet people and avid love of music (even when they don’t know who you are!); Manama, Bahrain for the best brunches in the world; and Findlay, Ohio for being the first place where I ever “Sold Out” a club on the road (OH! And Jac and Do’s pizza).
Do you have an weird tour rituals you’d like to share?
I don’t know that I’d call it a ritual, but you can always count on me to have leftovers in my purse from a meal. The guys always joke that there’s usually half a sandwich a couple of salads in my purse at all times.
Do you ever miss home?
I do. I’ve missed births and funerals, weddings and anniversaries and so many other big events with friends and family. Those are the times when it’s hardest to live life on the road. But it makes you appreciate the time that you do have even more because of it!
You tour with your band The Drive, who you’ve been with since 2012. What’s the best thing about being on the road with people you have known for so long?
Having a family you can count on out on the road is key. Especially in those times when it’s hard to be away from home, my road family is an extended family that I count on daily. We have patterns and habits down that we don’t even have to speak about. It’s such a gift.
So I hear that you play the Fiddle, how long have you been playing and does playing influence your music at all?
I have been playing since I was 4 and it definitely influences my music. I don’t always write with my fiddle, but it’s an extra tool that I can always pull out and use for creative ideas.
Speaking of musical influences, who is on your playlist right now?
Lucie Silvas, Lindsay Ell, Maggie Rose, Keith Urban, Bruno Mars, Maren Morris, Chris Stapleton, John Mayer… the list goes on…
Who would you most like to work with right now and why?
I would LOVE to work with Bruno Mars and Justin Timberlake. I have been writing a lot more soulful music lately. And they are both incredible writers, producers, and overall entertainers. They also both always have a touch of soul but also seem to span a wide variety of genres within their music. I’d love to do that within country. Let’s get some horns with that fiddle!
Are you working on an album at the moment?
I am currently releasing singles and having so much fun with it. It’s given me a lot of freedom to explore new sounds and ideas.
Any last shoutouts or plugs?
Super excited to release my new song “Can’t Love You No More” Today!