Natasha Brazill rocks the stage

Up­per Is­land Cove woman mo­ti­vates oth­ers to be them­selves, follow their dreams

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYMELISSA JENK­INS

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.

Per­form­ing

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.

Youtube it

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.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Natasha Brazill from Up­per Is­land Cove hopes to one day be a pro­fes­sional singer and re­lease her own al­bums.

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