Brackenfell songbird, Natasha Meister has been hard at work making her mark in the local music industry.
The Canadian born Natasha moved to South Africa a little over a year ago.
Last year TygerBurger reported on her and her band when The Natasha Meister Band became the first female-fronted act to perform at the Table Mountain Blues Summit.
Since then, Natasha has been on tour to Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads Band.
More importantly, Natasha has become the first woman in South Africa to be endorsed by Fender.
Natasha recently finished recording her debut album with her band members Roger Bashew (bass) and Paul Tizzard (drums).
While the album, Halfway, hasn’t been officially launched yet, it is for sale at her shows.
“Halfway” is also the name of the title track off the album.
Natasha says: “I wrote all the songs within a year after moving to SA.”
She says the album is dedicated to changes in her life such as immigrating, singing without her sister and new love.
When the Meister family moved to South Africa, Natasha’s older sister stayed behind, but she came to visit recently and Natasha asked her to sing some of the harmonies on her album.
“We sound very much alike, so even I can’t tell which tracks we are on,” Natasha says.
The album was recorded and produced by Roger and after six months of recording, was ready at the end of April.
“I think it turned out pretty good,” Natasha says.
She was going for a pop-rock and blues-funk sound at the same time and says: “It’s quite a nice mix, I think.”
Locnville fans may recognise her sultry voice on the one of the tracks on the band’s new album, Running to Midnight.
Natasha was featured singing harmonies on “Staring at the world outside.”
She says the experience was quick and easy and lots of fun. “They were surprisingly cool guys,” she adds.
Natasha is also working on a collaboration with The Usual’s James Stewart and drummer, Barry van Zyl, writing the soundtrack for a new South African movie, Skeem.
Natasha is in the process of organising a Garden Route tour at the end of the year and is hoping to tour London early next year with the same musicians with whom she toured Dubai.
In between all of this, Natasha has also recently been interviewed by Seventeen and will be featured along with a prize giveaway in their September issue.
The Natasha Meister Band will be performing on Tuesday 12 July at The Waiting Room from 19:00. Blouberg musician, Matthew Roux will be performing as the opening act. Entrance costs R35.