From New York to Naples, Ibiza to Istanbul, Natascha Bessez's music is the definition of International. In today's global dance music community, her hypnotic beats and sultry vocals are likely to be heard on sun kissed beaches, wintery northern cities and all points in between.
Influenced equally by the timeless melodies of French troubadours such as Charles Azvanour and Serge Gainsbourg through to the contemporary sounds of Leona Lewis and Christina Aguilera, Natascha's taste reflects a cosmopolitan woman equally at home on both sides of the Atlantic. No real surprise when you consider her roots and upbringing: a French father, a Chilean mother, and a home in the Big Apple. It's an attractive cultural pot-pourri that has the glamour of Chanel and the soul of Harlem.
Not surprisingly Natascha is an alumni of New York's famed LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where the likes of Nicki Minaj, Kelis, Azealia Banks, and classmate Bridget Kelly derive from. At 13, Natascha started her classical training while developing a passion for the gospel choir she sang in.
LaGuardia gave Natascha some of her fondest musical memories to date. Highlights included performances alongside legends like Patti LaBelle, Paul Simon, and Hugh Masekela at world- renowned venues like Town Hall and Carnegie Hall.
With a personality to match her stunning vocals, Natascha took her first step towards the spotlight soon after graduating. She was first crowned Miss New York Teen USA, then going on to compete in The Miss Universe Organization's and Donald Trump's nationally televised Miss Teen USA Pageant, in which she placed top 15 in the country. At the end of her reign, Natascha was chosen from thousands of hopefuls as a finalist in the CW11's hit reality show "The Search For The Next Doll" for a chance to secure a spot in the world famous group the Pussycat Dolls.
Since then, she has teamed up with NYC Dj Chachi and hit maker Lars Halvor Jensen from the famed production team DeeKay Music. Together, Natascha co-penned their Billboard Top 25 singles "Heart Is A Warrior", and "Never Alone". She has also headlined in NYC, LA, and Las Vegas at the nation's largest gay festival, Matinee for two years in a row. Natascha performed on live TV in front of over 2 million people for the Danish Melodi Grand Prix, the countries entry into the world famous competition Eurovision, where she sang her latest single “Wanna Be Loved” and was placed as 1st runner up.
Though, broadly speaking, Natascha's music falls into the electro pop/dance genre. Her songs, melodies and vocals enjoy equal billing with some infectious grooves guaranteed to energize dance floors worldwide.
Like her idols Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren before her, Natascha epitomizes the classic style of the South of France, the effortless sensuality and timeless chic. Her music prides itself on its originality, daringly mixing, in places, French inflections or Latin rhythms with blistering grooves. Most importantly, her songs are rife with memorable melodies.
“I believe in the idea of having great melodies to drive the music. I want to be able to do any song I sing acoustically, a capella – I want the lyrics and melody to be able to stand on their own.” –Natascha Bessez
And stand on their own they do, just like the lady that sings them.