Natasha Brazill rocks the stage
Upper Island Cove woman motivates others to be themselves, follow their dreams
Surrounded by trees in the middle of the woods is where you’ll likely find 23-year-old Natasha Brazill during camping season.
This Upper Island Cove resident loves to socialize around a campfire, while spending time with friends and family.
If a singalong begins, Natasha is likely to be the first to pull out her guitar for a song or two.
Just this past summer, during a fun karaoke event at Still Water RV Park, Natasha got up and belted out a tune. The response was awe and adoration from the younger children in attendance.
Not your typical singer
Some would be surprised to hear this outdoorsy girl with the guitar in her hand has an ambition to be a star.
And, although she sees herself as a “bigger girl” who may not meet the stereotype of a performer, it doesn’t stop her from putting on a show.
“I don’t have to be skinny and be that person everyone else wants,” Natasha said at a sit-down interview at a coffee shop in Bay Roberts Oct. 6.
She never allows her audience to put her physical appearance under the microscope. She just gets on stage and sings, hoping her voice will be enough to impress. And it has been.
She has been an inspiration to younger girls who don’t fit a stereotypical mould, including some at the RV park.
“For someone like Natasha to speak out, saying, ‘I can be full figured and still (perform),’ it definitely encourages younger kids,” her mom Darlene explained. “On the outside, it’s just material.”
Natasha would love to be on The Voice someday — the show where performers are judged on skill and not look. But she would have to be living in the United States, so that plan is on hold for now.
The Ascension Collegiate graduate has been recognized all over the region for performing at many charitable events, at weddings and singing competitions. And, she confirmed, she has, “never, ever in my life had a voice lesson.”
Natasha has earned many awards for singing in different competitions throughout the years, including the youngest person to sing at the Canadian Idol St. John’s event when she was 10. She was too young to advance in the competition.
Some of her competitions and awards have included winning Ascension Collegiate Idol, she was the first Klondyke Idol, NL Teen Karaoke Idol competition and, most recently, named the Trinity Conception Fall Fair Solo Sensations winner for the 19 and over division. One of her prizes was performing during the intermission of the Abbey Road concert at the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in Harbour Grace Sept. 20.
Since she was 12, she has been singing regularly at different events. But prior to being open about her talent, she gave her mother a fright when she announced she would be singing at a school concert.
“When she told me she’d be singing, I said, ‘You’re singing? No,’” Darlene said.
The night of the concert, Natasha was getting ready to go on. Darlene, who normally sat in the front row for all her children’s events, was nowhere in sight.
“I was probably back as far as possible,” she laughed. “I could feel myself slide down in my seat. When she opened her mouth and started to sing, I got up.”
When Natasha finished her song, which she sang without musical accompaniment, the room was silent.
“You could hear a pin drop,” Darlene said. “Then after a minute they all cheered. “I didn’t know she had a word in her mouth.” Since, Natasha has taken every opportunity to sing, but doesn’t always tell people about her talent.
“I don’t just meet people and say, ‘Oh hey, I can sing,’” Natasha laughed.
She does admit she still gets nervous before going on stage, but seeing her mom, her biggest fan and supporter, in the audience reminds her that she is performing for herself, not to impress everyone in the room; although, that is a bonus.
Dream to perform
Natasha is not afraid to admit she’d love a recording contract and the ability to perform as a career. Unfortunately, that’s not an easy business to break into.
“I’d love to just go to Los Angeles, sit on a corner with my guitar and just sing,” Natasha said.
Living in L.A. could be one way to get a record contract, if you run into the right people, she added.
While she contniues to wait for her big break, Natasha will continue performing anywhere she can, including charitable events.
Natasha was known across the province before she made her debut at the Solo Sensation concert this past September. Her Youtube channel went viral when she recorded herself singing “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor.
The video can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1qyabWc
The song itself means a lot to Natasha because she feels a connection to the message behind it — “every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top.” She preaches this piece of advice to anyone who has big hopes and dreams, and questions if they can do it.
Her choice in genre is typically country, although she enjoys all kinds of music. Some of her other songs are also on her Youtube channel.
Natasha is ready to upgrade from a webcam to real studio, and hopes someone will recognize her talent.
“It’s just something that I like to do,” she said.
Natasha Brazill from Upper Island Cove hopes to one day be a professional singer and release her own albums.