Natalie Pearson‘s EP was a Long Time Coming, but the West Australian artist is celebrating a No. 2 debut on the iTunes Country Chart. Out today, February 24, the Perth singer was up early to check the chart position with all the hard work worth it for such a strong debut.
The 2016 winner of the MusicOz Australian Independent Music Awards Best Country title gives listeners a piece of herself through the songs.
“I’m really excited to share my music,” Pearson said. “The EP is like going into my life and it is really personal.”
The resulting seven-track EP, Long Time Coming, reflects Pearson’s pop, rock and country influences encompassing a mix of ballads and up-tempo songs.
“I’ve been holding on for a little while waiting for the right timing, professionally and also emotionally,” she said. “I would like people to walk away from the EP feeling like they can relate, and that everything that happens, good or bad, helps us grow as individuals. It’s an acceptance that has been a long time coming.”
The second single, Don’t Ask Me This, is a deeply personal song for the young artist.
“While recording it, I had to take so many breaks because I would just start crying,” she said. “It’s about a sad kind of heartbreak. Being in love with someone, but knowing that it’s probably not going to work out, because you want different things in life. It’s about knowing that an impending deal-breaker will ultimately end in goodbye, and there’s no way around it.”
The Perth singer played her first Tamworth Country Music Festival this year, picking up new fans along the way with her heartfelt performances.
“I played (Don’t Ask Me This) acoustically at the Writers in The Round at Tamworth Services Club at the festival, and made it through to the last chorus before I got choked up and had a little cry on stage – how embarrassing,” she laughed. “I think people really felt my story, though. I had one person come and give me a hug afterwards because they felt I needed one. It was beautiful.”
Long Time Coming is out now through Maven Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia. It is available for purchase on iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/LTComing
Catch Pearson in action:
5 April, Perth Arena Foyer (Dixie Chicks Concert) WA
21 April, Riverside Hotel, Northam WA
22 April, Aggies Cottage, Dandaragan WA
23 April, Venue TBA, Narrogin WA
26 April, Club Acoustica, Indi Bar, Scarborough WA
26 May, Support for Bloom (Adele & Amy Songbook), The Basement, Sydney NSW