Up-and-Coming Talent on the Rise: Nathan Menard
Singer, performer, songwriter and engineer Nathan Menard known for his sultry R&B makes music for “dreamers, romantics,that love to club and love to be with friends.” Falling in love with soul music at a young age, Nathan desires to transfer the feelings of magic, positivity and intimacy that music brings him right back to his listeners. With every vocal run, in depth chord and chromatic change, Nathan creates music to remind people to love love and love life. Self-produced musical artist Nathan, has so much to offer the music scene putting his life and his all in his music.
As talented as Nathan is, he grew up in a house where music was never played. “My world was rocked, so to speak, when I was fourteen years old,” he says, remembering. “I heard a Marvin Gaye song, and it was the first time I had ever really heard great music. That moment honestly changed my life. I said I’d do whatever it took to sound like that and be able to make music that made people feel like I did that day: confident, dreamy, in love, and wanting to dance.”
Convinced that he had found his calling, Nathan went on to teach himself how to play the drums, guitar, and piano. “I also taught myself production, song writing, mixing, and mastering. Up until this point, I’ve done everything on my own and have just learned to master my craft. I’m now ready to be heard.”
Getting to that point, however, was not easy. “ It’s not exactly easy for a random person with no connections whatsoever to become a white R&B star.This has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” he says. “I’ve never come close to breaking through the cage I feel like I’ve been stuck in. There is not one thing I’ve faced that hasn’t been a challenge. As discouraging as that has sometimes been, I’ve done my best to ignore them. I have just persevered and kept making my music with the faith that hard work really will lead to the results I want.”
Nathan is thoughtful as he thinks about the impact he wants his music to make on other people. “I want to bring the zeal and color back to life and love. I think people have forgotten how to celebrate life, and I want my music to remind them.”
Nathan believes there is a lot that people can relate to in his music. “In my most recent single, “Lottery,” the theme of the song is the idea that I am a winning lottery ticket but end up in the trash. Everyone feels this way at some point, right? Whether it’s in the workplace, at home, or in their love life, everyone feels overlooked even though they have so much to offer. That’s what I try to put in my music: a full-blown comprehension of the world, love, life, music, and what all of that means.”
Nathan knows that he faces long odds in his profession. “The music world will eat you up and spit you out, that’s true,” he says. “However, I really believe in my core that I have something special to offer a listener. I know I probably sound like every single person that’s ever auditioned for American Idol, but man, my whole life I’ve been an optimist. I am filled with joy and a passion for music that is heard with the heart and responded to with dancing. I don’t take any shortcuts in songwriting or any when I express what I feel or mean. I’ve got music and life in me that’s just waiting to be released. Long story short, I think I have talent and heart beyond comparison, and I’ve been overlooked. I am a winning lottery ticket just waiting to be scratched.”
Nathan pauses for a moment, then grins. “I am a random white kid from Southern California who somehow manages to make a bedside production that is better than it should be. I also accrued hundreds of thousands of streams when I got to do a show that went really well. I’ve got so much passion for music that I am never going to give up on my artistic dreams. ”
Waiting for his official break out moment, Nathan has something to prove everyday. “I’ve been slept on my whole life. I’m just tired of not being able to share this magic with someone else.” His feeling of being overlooked is what drives him to go harder perfecting his music until his talent is showcased to listeners everhere. Nathan strives to make an impact by making relatable music for any occasion that everyone can enjoy.