Hi! My name is Natalie.
My favorite flower is the Gerbera Daisy.
I started playing the violin when I was four.
I got my first professional gig when I was 10. I sang and played fiddle in the Opryland Kid’s Club show.
I miss Opryland.
My middle name is Patricia… After my Mom.
When I was little I didn’t really like practicing the violin by myself, so Mamma started taking me to the park because she knew that if I had an audience I would play for hours.
I think people that wear my t-shirts to my shows are probably the coolest people ever!.
When I sang for President Bush I learned that Laura calls him “Georgie” when everyone else has left the room.
When I was on Oprah I met a woman who could spell any word you said… backwards…
I can’t do that.
As a kid, my imaginary friends all looked like Woodstock from Snoopy.
Before I made my living with music I once got paid to dress up like Tony the Tiger at a WalMart grand opening.
I love going into a room full of people that have never heard me or my music and doing everything I can to win them over before I leave.
I love going into a room full of people that already know me and my music even more.
For my thirteenth birthday I asked if I could finally ride my bike on the street… Mamma finally said yes… but by then it wasn’t cool anymore.
Cookies are my favorite… I like to bake them one or two at a time for dessert.
When I won the Trix Silliest Kid in America contest I found out from the local news when they said, “Natalie and her whole family are on their way to Disney World”, it was a huge lie… We were all sitting in my living room… But they probably didn’t know that.
One time when I was babysitting a three-year-old I accidentally ran over her tricycle with my car… I think I was more upset than she was.
I know it’s going to be a great show when I see people trying to sing along with my songs even when they don’t know the words … That’s my favorite. = )
Even though I’m not all that cool, some days people really treat me like I am… It’s starting to happen more and more, which is fun, but no matter what happens in my life and my career – I hope I never get used to that.
I know that if it weren’t for the fans who keep coming to my shows, buying my music, and telling their friends to do the same, I wouldn’t be able to do what I love everyday… And that would be terrible… Some days I can’t tell if I want to succeed more for me or for them.
I think that since you just sat through this entire strange little bio, you are probably pretty cool and I hope to see you soon!
Show-stopping singer Natalie Stovall’s high-energy, take-no-prisoners live performances and relentless, barnstorming global tours have earned her the attention she deserves from those who matter the most to her — the fans.
After only a few short years in the college campus market, Natalie was named 2012 Entertainer of the Year by the voters of Campus Activities Magazine® in the Reader’s Choice Awards. Blending her country/roots background with a strong rock sensibility, Stovall’s fiddle-shredding shows are bred for wide audiences, and this year that mainstream popularity is paying off in a big way. In fact, it’s the first time in over twenty years that a woman has been named Campus Entertainer of the Year in a category usually dominated by male artists.
“My friends and family think I am crazy to tour like I do,” says Natalie. “In April 2012, we literally played 32 dates in 30 days! But performing is what I love most. As soon as I graduated college, I put my band together and hit the road.”
Natalie has been playing professionally since she was ten, and by the time she graduated high school she had already performed everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to the Oprah Winfrey Show. And since she put her first band together (in 2007), things have really begun to take off. “I still can’t believe it sometimes when I think of everything we’ve gotten to do these last few years,” says Natalie. “I’ve been working at this dream my whole life, and every day I get to see it coming true inch by inch, all around me.”
Natalie’s reputation for lighting up the stage has made her a favorite to warm up audiences for country stars such as Dierks Bentley, Josh Turner, Gretchen Wilson, Justin Moore, Josh Gracin and many more. Even more impressive, Natalie’s genre-defying live show has put her on stage supporting non-country acts like Switchfoot, the Doobie Brothers, Styx, and Safetysuit.
“It’s funny to me when people ask me whether I consider my music ‘country’ or not,” Stovall says. “I grew up in Columbia, Tennessee playing fiddle at Opryland every day, so I am country. But I was a child of the radio as well, and once I put my fiddle down for the day I was just as likely to be listening to Michael Jackson or Aerosmith as I was to Reba and Faith. I’m sure my music and my show reflect that, and that’s who I am. The thing I hear most from people is, ‘I normally don’t like country music, but you just changed that,’ and that makes me feel like I’m doing something right.”
Stovall and her band have also traveled the world the past few years playing shows for the military on bases across the globe. “My daddy is a retired Army Colonel.” reveals Natalie, “So it’s always been important for me to give something back to the troops and their families when I can, but the tours we do for the military are far from selfless. A lot of the best shows and best crowds I’ve ever played for have been for the military. And how else on earth could a 5’2” fiddle player from Columbia, Tennessee ever have the chance to land on an aircraft carrier, drive a Navy SEAL boat, or shoot a machine gun? I feel like I get more out of those tours than the troops ever could, but as long as they keep asking – I’ll gladly keep performing for them.”
It’s amazing to think that Natalie has accomplished so much already in this era without the help of a record label or TV show. But, as Natalie proudly proclaims, “If you’re willing to work hard enough, you can accomplish anything……and we’re just getting started.”