I remember when I first heard Natalie’s LOL song. I was blown away by it, and decided to follow this amazing artist. Fast-forward years after, I have the privilege of interviewing Natalie today, and presenting her inspiring words on TBAP!
Follow our chat below and learn more about this amazing woman of God!
Miranda ~ Hello Natalie! Delighted to have you visit TBAP today. Please tell us a bit about yourself.
Natalie: Hello! Thank you so much for having me. So a little bit about me…I love Jesus, my husband, Marco, my two children, Destiny and Judah, and Dr. Pepper! I am also a fan of shopping and Starbucks. I am a girly girl to my core! I was raised in Las Vegas and, I currently live in Nashville. I love music and have been singing since I could talk.
Miranda ~ How did you become a Christian? Please tell us your story.
Natalie: Well, I was really blessed with an amazing, Godly mother who taught me about Jesus at a very young age. She modeled the love of God and a love for His word. I grew up knowing about the Lord and I asked Jesus into my heart, and was baptized at 5. The rest is history.
Miranda ~ Natalie, your songs are full of heart, faith, and fun. Please tell us, when and why did you decide to sing for God? What led to that moment?
Natalie: I love singing for God! I remember when I was 7 years old, a ministry group called Master’s Commission, came to my church. I remember seeing the passion they had for Jesus as they sang, did dramas, and preached. I knew from that moment that I wanted to spend my life doing the same thing—sharing the Gospel through the arts.
Miranda ~ Your latest release came out this year. What message do you hope to pass across to your listeners?
Natalie: Yes! I just released my 2nd project in June, 2016, called Symphony. This was a very special project to me. The whole project carries a message of trust and surrender, especially the title track, Symphony. The Lord is faithful to take the broken pieces of our lives and the parts that feel out of tune, and then turn them into a masterpiece—His symphony. I hope people are encouraged to trust the Lord as they listen to every song.
Miranda ~ You have a long history with music. In what way has it grown you spiritually and how has it brought you closer to God?
Natalie: I feel like I grow spiritually every time I sit at a piano to worship or write a song, because I normally write about what the Lord is doing in my life. It’s like therapy for me. Sometimes I will sing declarations, scriptures, or just be still and listen to the Holy Spirit. Music is definitely one of the ways the Lord speaks to me.
Miranda ~ In your own opinion, what are the misconceptions people in the world have about the music industry, especially in regards to hard work, fame, and the road to fame?
Natalie: I think a lot of people see the façade of fame thinking that it is true success. True success is loving God, your family, and living in the purpose that He created for you. Another misconception I think people have about the music industry—and following the dream that the Lord has put in your heart in general—is that success happens overnight. The reality is that to be successful, you have to work very hard no matter what you are doing. You also have to TRUST the Lord and His timing. He is faithful; and as you follow Him, He will work out all the details. Don’t listen to the thoughts of failure or quitting just because you don’t see the results that you think you should see. The Lord’s timing is perfect.
Miranda ~ How is the Christian music industry different than the secular? Is there any advantage of one over the other?
Natalie: Anytime there is a chance to do something for the Lord, I think that is an advantage! You can let your light shine wherever you are, secular or Christian. I think it just depends on where the Lord has called you to be. You need to know your calling.
Miranda ~ Where do you see the Christian music industry in the next five to ten years?
Natalie: I hope the Christian music industry continues to grow in the worship movement that has happened over the last 20-30 years, and I also hope to hear more diverse music on Christian radio.
Miranda ~ Who are the people your heart writes for—those in despair, the broken-hearted, the lost etc.?
Natalie: I love writing for the Church, for people on the streets, and really for anyone who needs encouragement. A lot of my songs are based out of Scripture. The message in my first project, Fast Lane, was about faith and healing, and for my new project, Symphony, it is about trust. I hope anyone who listens feels like they can relate.
Miranda ~ Who are the people that have inspired/encouraged you the most? How have they done so?
Natalie: The people that have inspired and encouraged me the most are my husband, Marco, and my family. I would never have been able to step out in faith to sing, write songs, and record, if it hadn’t been for them.
Miranda ~ In your opinion, why should a Christian with the talent to sing, go into music? How powerful do you believe music can be in impacting a person’s life, or better yet, the world?
Natalie: I think you have to know your calling. If the Lord has given you a voice and you feel the pull from the Holy Spirit to pursue music, lead worship at your church, write songs or whatever you feel, then go for it! Music is one of the most powerful tools we have in our world. Songs can be life-changing. Step out and go for it! There is room for everyone.
Miranda ~ Who are the artists/producers you’ve worked with in the past? Are you working with any now? Who do you hope to work with in the future?
Natalie: I’ve had the opportunity to work with one of my favorite people on the planet—artist and producer, Liquid. He produced my last project, Symphony, and half of my first project, Fast Lane. He is a musical genius and is one of the funniest people I know. I’ve also gotten to work with Derek Minor, and he is awesome! I would be so excited to work with them again, and anyone else the Lord connects me with.
Miranda ~ How has working with these artists/producers shaped you as an artist? What lessons have you learned along the way? How have these lessons shaped you as a person?
Natalie: They have encouraged me to be better, dig deeper, and to never give up! I think the biggest lesson I have learned personally is to trust the Lord more.
Miranda ~ What are you most grateful for—generally and in the present?
Natalie: I am most grateful and thankful for my family—for my wonderful husband, Marco, my miracle children, Destiny and Judah, and all my family members. The most important thing to me is family, and I am so thankful for them. They are my biggest blessings.
Miranda ~ Natalie, is there a word you’d like to offer—anything at all!—that wasn’t covered by the questions above? And, what word of wisdom would you offer to an artist venturing into the music industry for the first time?
Natalie: Never despise small beginnings, and don’t be afraid to trust the Lord. Step out! God is faithful, and as you delight yourself in the Lord, He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalms 37). He loves you so much!!!! Xoxo
THIS OR THAT (The Fun Questions!)
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Heels or Flats? Heels
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Orange juice or Lemonade? Orange Juice
Boots or Sandals? Boots
Rain or Snow? Rain
Fruits or Vegetables? Fruits
Cooking or Cleaning? Cooking!
Breakfast or Dinner? Dinner
Gym or Outdoor? Gym
Run or Walk? Spiritually running, physically walking. LOL!
Book or Movie? Movie
Thank you, Natalie, for stopping by today!
About Natalie Villa
Natalie Villa is a dynamic singer and songwriter, uniting the genres of Contemporary Christian and Pop, with Praise & Worship. Combining upbeat dance sounds, soulful ballads, and heart-felt lyrics, Natalie Villa hopes to encourage and uplift her listeners. Raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Natalie started singing in church at the age of 7. She met her husband, Marco Lobos (F.K.A. Oracle), while attending Bible College in Las Vegas. The couple began writing music, ministering together, and fell in love. After Bible College, they married in 2005. Together they founded an independent music label, Blood Bought Entertainment. From 2004-2007, Blood Bought released 5 albums and traveled, ministering to schools, prisons, youth groups, festivals, youth detention facilities, radio shows, Indian reservations, and much more—sharing the love of Jesus Christ through music, drama, and spoken word. In 2006, Blood Bought Entertainment performed at a Joyce Meyer’s Youth Conference in Las Vegas, and in 2007, Natalie sang at The Call Las Vegas.
In 2008, Natalie and Marco relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, and served for 3 years as missionaries, along with Co-directing and Co-pastoring a creative arts school called Thunder School. Natalie was also the worship leader at Provision International for 3 years, where she trained multiple Praise & Worship teams. Along the way, Natalie has sang and been featured on over 25 different projects ranging from Hip-Hop, Pop, and Worship including: Kurtis Blow & The Trinity’s album, The Father, Son & Holy Ghost, featured on RMG’s Welcome to the Family album on, You Can Have It All.
Natalie released her debut Pop Worship EP, Fast Lane, charting on iTunes in 2013. That same year Natalie’s Christmas music video, The Perfect Gift, was aired nationally on UPtv. Fast Lane and The Perfect Gift were played on numerous Billboard Charting stations in the US, Africa, Australia, and the UK. She also had the honor of being featured on the Winter Jam Anthem of 2014 with Derek Minor. Natalie has opened for artists such as Tasha Cobbs and Love and the Outcome. On June 10th, 2016, Natalie Villa released her sophomore EP, Symphony. In 2016, her single, Running, was #1 on Christian Rhythmic radio; she toured the Midwest and West Coast on the Symphony Tour, and was a musical guest on JUCE TV.
Natalie Villa currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Marco, and two children, Destiny and Judah. For more information about her music, videos, and booking, visit http://www.NatalieVilla.com.
“This is truly one of my life desires—to see generations encounter the presence of the Lord through all genres of music. I really believe that there is nothing greater than worshiping the Lord through all forms of creative expressions.” —Natalie Villa