Atlanta–born/ Orlando-raised singer/songwriter Nate Larson plans on taking the industry over by storm with a musical style self described as R&B with a pop edge. The 22-year-old singer is even managed by Fernando Gibson of New City Entertainment who once served as longtime manager for India Arie. Currently, Larson is promoting In The Mix: Volume 1 which features the lead single “Miracle Girl.”
On Wax: For those who don’t know, Who is Nate Larson?
Nate Larson: I’m an R&B singer/songwriter, with a passion for music and performing. I’m from Orlando, Florida.
On Wax: What should listeners expect from R&B Chronicles?
Nate Larson: It will be a feel good R&B album that is an examination of R&B’s past, present and future that will have something for everyone. I am currently writing songs and plan on collaborating with some of my favorite artists. It would be an honor if I could work with a legend like Al Green as well a newer artist like Kanye West, Bruno Mars or Melanie Fiona.
On Wax: Where do you stand out in the seemingly overcrowded genre of R&B?
Nate Larson: I standout because I have a unique sound. I have been able to expand my range and have a depth of tone that sets me apart from other artists in the market place. I feel like the current music scene is lacking really great love songs. I want to bring back that feeling of genuine love to the genre.
On Wax: Talk about the first single “Miracle Girl.”
Nate Larson: “Miracle Girl” is about a woman who can in an instant change your life. It is about how the “Miracle Girl” comes into a guy’s life when he is fed up with all other relationships and she turns his life around. In the “Miracle Girl” remix I wanted to work with Shellon because she’s one of my favorite up and coming female rappers, I love to her perspective in context with the song.
On Wax: How did you get into music in the first place?
Nate Larson: I started very young. My family was very musical. My family and I sang in a Gospel group for about four years and this was fundamental in my development as an artist, and helped develop my passion for music at an early age. I always wanted to be a singer and loved R&B. Some early influences for me were Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Al Green, and Barry White.
On Wax: How does it feel to have had your music placed in the film Escapee?
Nate Larson: It’s really exciting. I’m a huge movie fan and love the idea of my music being a part of a cool psychological thriller like this. The movie stars Dominic Purcell, Danny Nucci, and Kadeem Hardison, all of whom I think are extremely talented.
On Wax: Is it hard being in a genre that’s mainly full of black artists?
Nate Larson: I don’t look at it like that. Music to me is universal and although I understand the history of my genre and it’s roots, music is ultimately color blind.
On Wax: You cite artists like Johnny Cash, Smokey Robinson and Jodeci as influences, how have those influenced your music?
Nate Larson: These men had amazing themes and stories that were both universal and timeless. On top of that, they just made great music that encouraged me to write lyrics and songs based on my own life and making sure I was staying true to myself.
On Wax: Any last words for our readers?
Nate Larson: I am currently working on new music and I have a self-titled EP and a Remix EP entitled In the Mix Volume One, which includes the “Miracle Girl” remix. They are available on iTunes. You can follow me on Twitter , Facebook, Myspace and on my official website. I am always accessible and enjoy meeting my fans.