Upon first look, there may be some aesthetical comparisons to other artists who have come before him. But upon first listen, those parallels immediately begin to fall away. Atlanta-born/ Orlando-raised singer-songwriter Nate Larson is poised to take the industry by storm with a dynamic Billboard-bound vocal style. “Maybe some would put into the blue eyed soul box,” he concedes. “But I’m much more than that.” Flaunting a musical style described as R&B with a pop edge, Nate has managed to tap into his broad range of musical influences while bringing a remarkably fresh sound all his own.
Since his beginnings in the fertile musical crescent of Atlanta, Nate has been incessantly grooming his gift of song. “Music was always all around me,” he says. “My mom tells me that from the age of two, I would memorize songs and lyrics from artists such as Billy Joel and Michael Jackson. Anything that had a good beat.” It wasn’t long before his insatiable love of music found him performing with a gospel group for a number of years.
During his tenure with the group, Nate began to explore and become enamored with the full range of American popular music. “I got more serious about music and started studying different genres,” he recalls. “I would listen to the lyrics of Johnny Cash and the smooth delivery of Frank Sinatra.” But it wasn’t long before he realized that he had more of an affinity for the vast canon of black music. “I have to say my favorite era of music was 90′s R&B. Artists like Jodeci, Boyz II Men, Prince, Michael Jackson, and Luther Vandross made really think about being a full time entertainer.”
At the age of 18, Nate made the brave decision to shift gears. He left the gospel group to spread his wings as a solo R&B artist. He concentrated on sharpening his skills as a songwriter by honing in on the great icons. “I got so much inspiration from a lot of the old Motown songwriters like Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye,” he concedes. “I love the way they arranged background vocals.” Pretty soon, Nate was in the studio recording solo material.
In the summer of 2010, Nate released his eponymous debut EP on his own NLM Media via Island Def Jam Digital Distribution. Recorded between New York City and Atlanta, Nate Larson is an impressive collection of high-powered pop-R&B ballads and bangers produced by esteemed industry vocal coach/ songwriter Robert “RAab” Stevenson (Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson) and Drake Murphy. From the blissful, guitar-driven “Perfect Picture” to the buoyant cut “Miss America,” the 8-track EP is a mere sample of Nate’s nascent talent and potential as a pop artist and hit-making songwriter.
Intent on making an impact and solidifying his name, Nate recently issued his In The Mix: Volume 1 mixtape, featuring the lead single “Miracle Girl.” Buttressed by a synth-laden hip hop remix from Virginia-based producer Velly and burgeoning female rap artist Shellon, the song’s lyrics give credence to the age old idiom love conquers all. “Sometimes you’re are in a situation where you feel like you can’t get out,” says Nate. “But there’s a girl that you meet who snaps you out of your dark place and makes everything fresh and new again.” To date, the Blake Bickerstaff/ Will Malone directed music video for the track has garnered in excess of 35k views on YouTube alone. The song is also featured in the upcoming feature length motion picture Escapee, staring Dominic Purcell, Danny Nucci, and Kadeem Hardison.
As for the future, Nate is focused on both perfecting his craft as an artist and songwriter as well as increasing the profile of his burgeoning independent entertainment company, NLM Media. “I’d really love to grow the label by signing and developing other artists as well as recording more music and developing as an artist myself.” Nate is currently working on material for his much-anticipated full-length debut album.
Though his current material may be whetting the appetites of contemporary pop & urban radio, Nate plans on digging a little deeper for his upcoming opus. “With my album, I see myself exploring the history of R&B,” he explains. “From the 1950s to the present, then on to the future. Almost like a conceptual piece. A lot of people my age like R&B, but may not really know the history. I’d like to explore and share that history. Everything has its roots in gospel music, which turned into blues and jazz. That, in turn, evolved into R&B, which leads us to where we are today.”
It’s apparent that Nate has big plans in store for himself. But equally apparent is his commitment to his career trajectory and personal growth. He’s well aware of the musical landscape as it stands. However, he’s also aiming to cement himself just beyond the borders of convention. After all, this is how legends are made. “My main goal is to expand as an artist and learn more things. If at the end of my career I can make a fraction of the impact that the legends I admire left on me, I’ll be happy.”