The reason I know about singer-songwriter Natalie Gelman is this: I saw her singing in the New York City subway. Her voice, her look and her talent were captivating, enough for me to compliment her and remember her name. I’ve since found out she’s moved to sunny California, and is performing at various venues there.
Natalie Gelman was influenced by Jewel growing up, and now she looks to Patty Griffin as another strong influence– a woman with a guitar telling stories of life, love and loss.
If you’re into that, go to www.nataliegelman.com and check out her music, including her release called Streetlamp Musician.
A modern day troubadour, Natalie performs across the country tirelessly and has released an album with producers Charlie Midnight (James Brown) and Mark Needham (The Killers) titled Streetlamp Musician after a song she wrote about street performing and watching New York City change over time.
Raised in the old West Village, the NYC stomping ground of many songwriting greats, Natalie Gelman grew up around artists and true bohemians. She borrowed a friends guitar at age 16 and started writing songs on it. Soon she was busking on subway platforms.
Captivating tourists and straphangers alike in the subway, Natalie stopped even the most hurried commuters in their tracks with her notable voice.
Compared to Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Natalie’s music is contemporary and timeless. She writes honest, heartfelt songs, responding to current affairs and revealing parts of her inner self with the world.
She recently performed the song “Long Stemmed Roses” at The Canyon Club, opening for Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters.
Finally, if you appreciate Jewel, and remember the song “You Were Meant For Me,” Natalie has a video of her singing the song and playing guitar in the subway here:
It’s a beautiful rendition.
If you’d like to read Natalie Gelman’s blog, it’s a good read here: