Natalie Shay is a 21-year-old multi-award-winning singer-songwriter and musician from north London, England. Not too long ago, she released an attractive debut EP, entitled, “Naked”. The five-track project explores the everyday experiences of Natalie Shay, detailing her relationships and life as a young musician.

“Not the Girl” music video

“This song was written on reflection of a relationship, but more from a perception of understanding rather than a big ‘f**k you’.” – Natalie Shay

The lead single, “Not the Girl”, finds Natalie Shay narrating the challenges of modern dating, but through a fun and lighthearted lens. Years after finishing the song, Shay realized that the lyrics took on a whole new meaning. Now, the song depicts the feeling of sometimes not feeling good enough and frustrations towards working relationships.

“Owe It to You” music video

‘Owe It to You’ tells a heartfelt tale about being in a relationship and struggling to resist temptation. Also, the song reveals another side of Shay’s songwriting, emitting a raw and truly personal essence. 

“People Like Me” music video

“I don’t need much, no, I put this pressure on myself, so. I won’t be questioning it all ‘cause now I see people like me. Haven’t you seen, that things don’t comes easy, and it breaks my heart? People like me will make you believe that life is so easy and it breaks my heart. They don’t know how to please me.” – lyrics

People Like Me’ has quickly become our new favorite track from Natalie Shay. So much so that it has established residence on our playlist. The adorable tune tells a relatable tale of an artist who faces challenges in life. Also, the song details how social media can act as a mask, bringing a rose-tinted perception of what someone is really going through.

“Naked” lyric video

The title track “Naked” shares the topic with “Owe It to You”. The likable tune illustrates the breakdown in a relationship, knowing you have interest elsewhere but struggling to let go for the fear of being alone. The single sees Shay’s first time including brass instruments in her music, bringing the song to life through a vibrant saxophone solo.

Shay’s love of ‘80s soaked music is evident on her “Naked” EP, which cleverly blends the best of the era with modern flares. Not too long ago, we covered her “Yesterday” single, which tells a bittersweet tale of a young woman who tries to get over a failed relationship with someone she wants nothing to do with ever again. For her EP, Shay created a slow down version. 

“Yesterday (Slow Version)”

“I love authentic ‘80s synth and drum sounds. Also, I love modern pop vocal lines and effects. And of course lots of guitars. I try to include a flavor of each of those things in my music. It was very important to me that all of the songs had their own unique stamp and vibe but still all fitted and worked together under the same project.” – Natalie Shay stated

We’ve been covering Natalie Shay’s music since she released her “This Feeling” single back in 2018. Ever since then, she has become one of our favorite artists to cover.

Natalie Shay

Natalie Shay press photo by @jamess.ss.s

Photo by @jamess.ss.s

Natalie Shay has established an ever-growing presence, media acclaim, and has a loyal fanbase of 28,000 followers via Instagram. Therefore, she is recognized as one of the U.K.’s hottest emerging talents.

To date, Shay has collectively amassed hundreds of thousands of streams online across various platforms. Also, she is compared to the likes of Haim, Little Comets, and Fickle Friends.

Natalie Shay – “Naked” EP

Natalie Shay – “Naked” EP cover

Natalie Shay – “Naked” EP back cover

We recommend adding Natalie Shay’s “Naked” EP to your personal playlist. Also, let us know how you feel about it in the comment section below.


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