INTERVIEW: Natasha Owens
by Cyrus Rhodes
Natasha Owens makes a lasting impression upon a listener. Her amazing vocal skills are never one called into question like other pop artists out there. “I made it Through” creates a cinematic pop setting that highlights all the good about Christian Pop. All songs offer a wide array of musical depth and structure – offering a great balance of songs. One listener wrote” This lifted me up! I have been going through things lately. This has helped me to hold on!” I couldn’t have said it better myself.
IMD In lieu of your latest release what do you want fans to take from your music?
NO When our faith is shaken, we either get closer to God or further away. I wanted to give someone hope and inspiration to hang on until God healed their pain; to go towards God at that crossroad.
IMD How did this latest release come together?
NO 3 years ago, my Father passed away suddenly at the age of 58. My world stopped at that moment. My foundation was shaken and my faith crumbled. After the shock, I kind of fell into a depression. I was in survival mode and it took everything I had to get out of bed everyday. I was a music minister at the church and I just tried to focus on doing my job. My job became very hard for me to do. I went through an angry stage and I became so angry at God for allowing my Dad to die and not saving him. It was hard to lead people into praise and worship and tell them how great God was when I felt like he was everything but great. poking back on it, all the songs I taught and sang were restoration songs. The more I ministered to people, the more God healed me. I didn't even realize what he was doing. He took the feelings of hurt, pain, sadness, grief and replaced them with his love, peace and comfort. I was asked by a producer in Nashville to create a CD. I told him it had to be a restoration project because I wanted to help someone else with their crossroad in life.
IMD Who are some of your top musical influences growing up?
NO Some of my favorite Christian artists are Michael W. Smith, Kari Jobe, Darlene Zschech of Hillsong, Chris Tomlin, Jason Crabb, Kim Walker, Phillips Craig and Dean to name just a few. I grew up in the 80's genre of music, so the hair bands like Bon Jovi abed Def Leppard have always been my favorite. So you will find that in the Christian Rock songs of my CD, we have a lot of 80's guitar chords in them.
IMD What’s the best concert you have ever been to, performed at?
"God took the feelings of hurt, pain, sadness, grief and replaced them with his love, peace and comfort."
- Natasha Owens -
NO On October 3, 2013 I opened for Michael W. Smith in New York. It was such a bitter sweet day because it was my Dad's birthday. It felt like I was singing directly to my Dad up in heaven.
IMD Tell us about how this latest CD? Are there a few tracks that really stands out for you?
NO My Favorite track is "I Made it through". When you finally make it through the darkness of your trail and you feel the sun on your face for the first time, there is no better feeling. You feel such joy, peace, comfort and thankfulness to God for bringing you through your storm. I want everyone to experience that feeling. The feeling of being an overcomer and knowing that God never left you for a moment.(2) "Not For A Moment" is another fav. Deut 31:6 is a promise from God to his people and it simply says "I will never leave you nor forsake you". When you are going through something you sometimes feel all alone. But God will never leave you. He sees every step you take, every breath, every tear; he sees you in the good and bad times. (3) "Heal Me": sometimes you are so broken and you are so weary that all you have the strength to say to God is Heal Me. The message behind this is so simple but yet so powerful.
IMD How have you changed and evolved as an artist over the last few years?
MD I have been through so much in the past few years. And through all the pain I have realized how to have a relationship with God instead of Religion. There is a huge difference. He has also taught me how to make a connection with a song. I used to just sing a song because I liked the words. Now I realize that you have to connect with a song in such a way that its God that people hear and feel and not necessarily my voice.
IMD What’s the best thing about performing live?
NO Connection with the audience.
IMD Amy touring scheduled to support your latest effort?
NO We are working on a touring schedule as we speak
IMD What's next for Natasha Owens
NO Whatever doors God wants to open - I will walk through. Where he leads me, I will follow. We just need to get this restoration message out to as many as we can.
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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