It’s gonna be party time Oct. 21 at Anthem in Nashville, when Natalie Stovall and the Drive offer industry and fans a FREE, first-come-first-serve, live musical sneak peak from the band’s self-titled iTunes EP. [Industry performance 6:15]
“Some bands celebrate with champagne or a special dinner,” says manager Tracy Gershon. “But this is a band that enjoys playing live more than anything. Every time there’s a milestone to celebrate, their way of doing it is with a live show for their fans, friends and themselves.”
Since Natalie Stovall and the Drive signed with HitShop/Warner Records last June, the band has been racing in high gear. Almost immediately famed producer Paul Worley jumped on board to produce the group’s EP. HitShop Chief Skip Bishop decided the best way for industry tastemakers to experience the band’s high energy, outstanding musicianship was live. So a key part of the act’s innovative rollout has focused on a series of live national showcases in places like Chicago, Panama City, Austin, New York City and more. A debut single from the EP is planned for early 2014.
Natalie Stovall, the band’s turbo-charged musical centerpiece, is no newcomer to the bright lights. The small town girl from Columbia, TN has strong country roots. She debuted on the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 12 singing and playing the fiddle for an amazed crowd. That youngster’s promise has blossomed today into a fully developed talent. Natalie lights up the stage with her high energy presence, arena-ready vocals, trademark lion’s mane of big blonde hair and sparkling electric fiddle.
“This has been the missing piece,” reflects Gershon. “The live show is incredible, they’ve got fans, but now with Paul Worley’s help they’ve recorded music that represents who they are as a band and the energy they have live.”