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article imageNatasha Bedingfield talks music career, proud moments, success Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jun 16, 2017 in Music
Wantagh - Grammy-nominated songstress Natasha Bedingfield sat down and chatted with Digital Journal after her concert at Jones Beach on June 14, where she shared the stage with O.A.R. and headliners Train, as part of their "Play That Song" tour.
"I think this is such an amazing venue. It's very iconic and it's really fun to be at such a special place," she said, about Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York.
On her future plans, she said, "I'm very much in the present right now. I write songs every day. I'm also writing a book and I'm involved in a lot of charities. I love working with new artists such as rappers. I love collaborating, since it's like a chemistry experiment. Sparks fly and it's almost like dating. You see if you can make an inspired product out of the two different minds coming together."
While it is extremely difficult for Bedingfield to select a personal favorite song from her catalog. "People ask me sometimes if I get sick of singing the same song again and again, and I never do. It's magic. It has become somebody else's song. Hearing people singing along is the most beautiful sound to me," she said.
An album cut of hers that stands out to her is "Wild Horses," which was never released as a single, but it "has a lot of meaning to it." "A lot of people have stories about my songs and I love hearing those," she said.
In 2007, Bedingfield was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance" for "Unwritten," which has stood the test of time, and is played consistently on the radio airwaves in New York on such stations as 106.7 Lite FM. "That felt really good," she said, graciously. "I also really loved singing at the White House, and Stevie Wonder (who is my favorite artist) was there, so that was very special."
The British songbird shared that she has been to Greece. "I love Greek food," she admitted.
On her pre-show rituals, she said, "It's very important for the band to connect before going on. We get in a little circle and we hug. Somebody says something encouraging and we hum a song together, and that brings us together."
Regarding the key to longevity in the music industry, she said, "Keeping your finger on the pulse. Keeping your eyes open and never stop learning. The moment you think you know everything, you become irrelevant."
She noted that she would love to someday sing a song with Chris Martin from Coldplay, as her dream male duet choice. Jeff Timmons from 98 Degrees also shared that he would love to someday sing with Bedingfield. "Really? That's amazing! That's so cool," she said.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending it with her puppies, doing yoga and she's very health-conscious. "I love playing with my dogs. I love fitness and I love to hang with my friends," she said.
For aspiring singers, she said, "Have a story that is true and believable, that resonates. I believe everybody is creative, so when you find what that creative area is, make sure to throw yourself into it and do it."
She defined the word success as "Doing well in what you are good at, connecting with people, and still liking what you see when you look yourself in the mirror."
Bedingfield's live show at Jones Beach on Long Island garnered a glowing review from Digital Journal.
To learn more about British singer-songwriter Natasha Bedingfield and her music, check out her official website.
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