Natalie Royal – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – July 21st, 2018

Natalie Royal

Welcome back to The Evening Muse!

Natalie Royal

Kelly Hoppenjans

Sat, July 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse

Charlotte, NC

$10.00

Natalie Royal
Natalie Royal
On January 4, 2011, Natalie Royal watched as her father died of a heart attack at home. “Joy and sorrow will always be a pair, and with sorrow, you’re able to appreciate the joy that much more,” Royal says, recalling inspiration from The Prophet by Kahili Gibran. The joy came as quickly as the sorrow when her boyfriend (now husband) drove through the night to tell her he loved her for the first time.

The sudden life alterations inspired the vignette “Supernova.” “Band fired up as the hammer came down / Fell in love as his breath began the final round,” Royal writes, “With each joy a sorrow’s gonna come and try to knock my legs right out / That’s how it goes and I’m gonna stand forever / Only have gold when there’s a supernova.”

Pensive songs poured out of her. She distanced herself from her religion as she struggled to understand the purpose of death when, she sat to write (what could be) her final appeal in “Last Prayer.”

Rumination and furtherance sow this record. “These tracks are just a bolder version of who I used to be,” Royal explains, “and the album is a representation of what is to come.”

In the fall of 2012, her Belmont University studies took her to New York City’s Brooklyn Heights, a foreshadow of her harbinger, precursed by self-actualization of feeling stagnant artistically. She began to find freedom in introspection and observations of her surroundings.

“Pockets” formed out of autonomous day-to-day life. “I’ve got my hands in my pockets, “ she writes, “I’m waitin for my own ride.” She bids nevermore to toxic, empty energies on “Let Me Let You Go” and “Misery.” The song “It’s Funny How” came to her in an observation of how true love can appear completely unannounced while “Colors and Such” explains how she’s found “it takes a lifetime to learn someone.”

In the spring of 2014, the foundational tracks of Harbinger were recorded to tape in ten days at The Bomb Shelter (Alabama Shakes, Hurray For The Riff Raff) in East Nashville with producer Ryan McFadden (Torres). The two agreed sonically on space, depth and D’Angelo. In the studio, Royal’s harmonies unified with experimental tones created from live instruments. The remainder of the album was produced at McFadden’s home studio, The Nest.

On the album opener, Royal sings, “1200 weeks on the jetty / 23 years, feet stay dry / Out of the bay rolls the harbinger wave / What may come in the sweet by and by / What may come in the sweet by and by.”

Harbinger is a perfect artistic statement of a young, modern Nashville songwriter at the inception of her career.
Kelly Hoppenjans
Kelly Hoppenjans
Kelly is an up-and-coming alt-folk artist based in Nashville. She has had the honor of being a Kerrville New Folk Finalist in 2017 and in Lightning 100's Road to Roo and Music City Mayhem competitions in 2018 and 2017, and her music has been featured in publications from Ear to the Ground to Nashville Scene to NPR. Kelly’s latest EP, Dreaming is Easy, is inspired by the vivid imagery of dreams and the harsh light of reality. Kelly has created a dreamscape of folksy yet unfamiliar sounds, inspired by the likes of Paul McCartney’s Ram, Imogen Heap, and early Joni Mitchell. The EP takes the listener on a colorful yet stark journey through love, heartbreak, betrayal, and hope.
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/