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September 06, 2011

Nathalie Matthews

 Ha Candy - Nathalie welcome to Ha Candy's "The Come Up," how are you?

Nathalie - I AM A GREAT.. HOW ARE YOU HASAN..SO NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN

Ha Candy - So I know you're from Canada, what part?

Nathalie - WELL I WAS ORIGINALLY BORN IN MOROCCO..BUT MY PARENTS IMMIGRATED TO MONTREAL, QUEBEC WHEN I WAS 9MTHS OLD..SO I AM A TRUE CANADIAN!!

Ha Candy - How long have u been singing?

Nathalie - I STARTED SINGING AT THE AGE OF 14. I REALIZED THEN THAT I HAD A VOICE WHEN I WAS LISTENING TO THE JACKSONS AND THE OSMONDS. I STARTED IMITATING  FEMALE ARTIST BY 15 ,16 LIKE PAT BENATAR, THE HEART GIRLS, WHITNEY, MARIAH, BEYONCE AND CELINE DION.

Ha Candy - How would u describe yourself as an artist?

Nathalie - I HAVE A VERY POWERFUL VOICE. I LOVE DOING BIG BALLADS, BUT I ENJOY HITTING THE NOTES THAT THE WOMEN I'VE ADMIRED AND IMITATED HAVE SUNG. IT IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE FOR ME TO SING SONGS THAT CAN TAKE ME  AND MY AUDIENCE TO ANOTHER LEVEL!!

Ha Candy - So how did u end up in LA?

Nathalie - WELL I WAS A BACK UP SINGER FOR CELINE DION IN 1992-93, THEN I TOOK A SABBATICAL TO HAVE A FAMILY. I DECIDED TO RETURN TO THE SCENE IN 2006. I STARTED TOURING AGAIN & I PLAYED IN THIS ONE FESTIVAL IN VEGAS, AND OF COURSE THAT'S WHERE I MET YOU AND WENT TO L.A WITH SOME GREAT SONGS THAT YOU WROTE FOR ME!! I MET SOME AMAZING PEOPLE WHO HELP ME PUT MY RECORD TOGETHER...AND I'VE BEEN THERE 5 YEARS NOW

Ha Candy - I saw you on youtube singing the National anthem at Dodgers stadium, that's big. Were you nervous?

Nathalie - OMG YES! THEY TELL YOU TO FOLLOW THE PROMPTER WHEN YOUR SINGING, BUT LET ME TELL YOU THIS; IF I WOULD OF READ THE WORDS OFF THE BOARD..I WOULD HAVE BEEN ON YOUTUBE FOR THE WRONG REASONS!! I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS BUT IT WAS AN AMAZING FEELING TO SING AT DODGERS STADIUM. YOU CAN GOOGLE NATHALIE MATTHEWS SINGING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM TO TAKE A LOOK

Ha Candy - Who's your favorite artist out right now?

Nathalie - I AM OLD SCHOOL, I WILL ALWAYS SAY THE DIVAS WHO HAVE MADE A IMPACT IN MUSIC. NOT THOSE WITH THE GIMMICKS THAT MADE THEM A STAR, BUT THE REAL TALENTS OUT THERE LIKE MARIAH, WHITNEY, CELINE , PAT BENATAR, HEART, CELINE DION & BEYONCE.

Ha Candy - If you could work with anyone right now, alive or dead, who would it be?

Nathalie - PAT BENATAR, MARIAH, ALL THE WOMEN THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER.

Ha Candy - What would your dream gig be?

Nathalie - I AM NOT SURE, I LOVE SINGING & I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MY OWN REALITY SHOW!
Ha Candy - Tell us what your working on now?

Nathalie - WELL I AM BACK IN THE STUDIO RECORDING ANOTHER RECORD & DOING SHOWS IN THE HOLLYWOOD AREA. AND SPEAKING OF REALITY SHOWS, I'M WORKING ON A FEW PROJECTS RIGHT NOW...SO IT'S KINDA OF HUSH HUSH!!

Ha Candy - What do u like more, recording in the studio or performing live?

Nathalie - I LOVE PERFORMING LIVE, I GET TO BE ME. RECORDING IS FUN AND ALL BUT I FEEL LIKE A ROBOT SOMETIMES. SINGING LIVE GIVES YOU THIS NATURAL HIGH THAT YOU GET WHEN YOUR BELTING OUT A SONG

Ha Candy - What do you want to be remembered for?

Nathalie - WELL I WORK WITH A LOT OF CHARITIES, ONE IN PARTICULAR IS THE JUVENILE DIABETES FOUNDATION. MY OLDEST SON IS TYPE 1 DIABETIC SO THIS IS ONE THAT IS CLOSE TO MY HEART. BUT THANK G-D IT IS MANAGEABLE. AS AN ARTIST, THE ONE WAY TO GIVE BACK IS NOT ONLY WITH MONEY BUT WITH TIME SPENT TRYING TO HELP THESE DOCTORS FIND A CURE. I AM VERY ACTIVE AS A VOLUNTEER & THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO BE REMEMBERED FOR!

Ha Candy - Well thanks Nat for taking the time to sit down with us, do you have any shout outs?

Nathalie - YES... FIRST TO YOU HASAN AND HA CANDY, THANKS SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE TIME WITH YOU. THEN TO MY PUBLICIST  ECHO HATTIX OF ECHOING SOUNDZ, MY MANGAER MICHEAL & WIN WIN PRODUCTIONS VIC HOLMES AND DAVID COCHRANE!! YOU CAN CHECK ME OUT ON GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE OR NATHALIEMATTHEWS.ME & FACEBOOK.COM/NATHALIEMATTHEWS