Feeling inspired one morning, Natasha hopped a plane to Los Angeles with her Manitoba Film & Sound-sponsored demo in hand. Within a year she was chosen for the UCLA Lionel Richie Scholarship in Songwriting. "I loved LA but I felt a little lost in the sea of musicians/models/actors. I was living in a garage and could hardly afford to eat, nevermind record music and work the scene. So I came home to Canada to get closer to myself and not be influenced by that whole craziness."
The result of this soul-searching is the stark and beautiful 'Essence' -which was written and produced by Natasha with accompaniment by Winnipeg pianist Rick Boughton. They recorded the project on an 8-track in each other's living rooms in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
With a baby-grand piano as backdrop and Natasha's voice highlighted by the occasional shimmering vocal melody, 'Essence' is unapologetic in its simplicity.
"It could be called Zen and the art of songwriting" says Natasha, "and that's what I wanted because this album is about cutting out the bullshit & finding my voice as an artist.'