Soul music has a new blue-eyed contender, inspired by an eclectic blend of Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Jodeci – Florida based crooner and NLM/Nia/eOne recording artist Nate Larson prepares for the release of his 6-track EP Never Be the Same featuring the hit single “Close to Love” produced by Grammy-winning songwriting/ production team Shannon Sanders (India Arie, Johnny Lang, Eric Benet) and Drew Ramsey (John Legend, Robert Randolph)
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(Los Angeles, CA – October 3, 2011) Upon first look, there may be some aesthetical comparisons to other artists who have come before him. But upon first listen, those parallels immediately begin to fade. Atlanta-born/ Orlando-raised singer-songwriter Nate Larson is poised to take the industry by storm with a dynamic Billboard-bound vocal style. Flaunting a musical style described as R&B with a pop edge, Nate has managed to tap into his broad range of musical influences while bringing a remarkably fresh sound all his own. The 22-year old singer is currently managed by Fernando Gibson of New City Entertainment, Gibson who has an eye for fresh talent served as longtime manager for India.Arie.
Though his current 2011 material may be whetting the appetites of contemporary pop & urban radio, Nate plans on digging a little deeper for his forthcoming 2012 full-length album:
“With my album, I see myself exploring the history of R&B, from the 1950s to the present, then on to the future. Almost like a conceptual piece. A lot of people my age like R&B, but may not really know the history. I’d like to explore and share that history. Everything has its roots in gospel music, which turned into blues and jazz. That, in turn, evolved into R&B, which leads us to where we are today.”
A new signee to eOne, the largest independent music and video distributor in North America, Nate’s upcoming 6-track EP Never Be The Same (NLM/NIA/eOne) includes tunes with the Grammy-winning songwriting/ production team of Shannon Sanders (India Arie, Johnny Lang, Eric Benet) and Drew Ramsey (Heather Headley, John Legend, Robert Randolph). The brilliant lead single, “Close To You,” is a shining testament to the successful pairing of the duo’s musical Midas touch and Nate’s vocal prowess. The Ramsey and Sanders-produced cut “Landmine” finds Nate premiering his commendable songwriting talents. Ramsey and Sanders also contributed the passionate “Live On Love,” an alluring duet with Dove Award winning singer-songwriter Rachael Lampa. “Nate Larson is a refreshing blend of a clear voice and clear heart,” says the duo.
Nate also linked with esteemed industry vocal coach/songwriter Robert “RAab” Stevenson (Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson) and producer Drake Murphy. From the blissful, guitar-driven “Perfect Picture” to the synth-laden “Miracle Girl,” the song’s lyrics give credence to the age old idiom love conquers all. The track is also featured in the upcoming feature length motion picture Escapee, starring Dominic Purcell, Danny Nucci, and Kadeem Hardison.
Since his beginnings in the fertile musical crescent of Atlanta, Nate has been incessantly grooming his gift of song. It wasn’t long before his insatiable love of music found him performing with a gospel group for a number of years. During his tenure with the group, Nate began to explore and become enamored with the full range of American popular music. But it wasn’t long before he realized that he had more of an affinity for the vast canon of black music. “I have to say my favorite era of music was 90’s R&B. Artists like Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Luther Vandross. I got so much inspiration from a lot of the old Motown songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye, I love the way they arranged background vocals.”
It’s apparent that Nate has big plans in store for himself. But equally apparent is his commitment to his career trajectory and personal growth. He’s well aware of the musical landscape as it stands. However, he’s also aiming to cement himself just beyond the borders of convention. After all, this is how legends are made.