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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Monday, May 23, 2005

    Natalie in 94.9's Bomb Veinte

    Hope everyone had a great weekend. Highlights from my weekend were: John Cho and a Peking Opera version of Macbeth, but more on that later.

    Today, ch-check out my story on Natalie,


    (Here is the two of us talking on the rooftop of Universal Music and Video Distribution. The rooftop overlooks all of San Francisco.)

    She's one of the artists in the line-up for Wednesday's 94.9 Bomb Veinte concert (details for the concert are below).

    She was a pleasure to talk to, and so tiny, I felt like I would crush her when I hugged her.

    Here's a pic of Natalie, the photographer (Joanne) and I:



    She also was very punctual, unlike her label-mate Baby Bash. Their road manager Darryl Gooden joked that if Bash had an interview at 10, he would make sure to tell him it was at 9 - otherwise, Bash would just be getting up, eating cereal in his drawers.

    If you look at the print version of the story, the photo inside on page 3C, Natalie is gazing into the mirror, holding up a cross necklace. That day, she wore two necklaces, one with three diamonds and the cross one.

    I asked her what they symbolized. The diamond one was from a close friend. And, the cross one, she bought on her own.

    "I wanted to make sure He's the reason for everything," she said.

    So I asked if she would ever write Christian music. She said she was debating it, and had been afraid in the past about what implication it might bring. But, artists like Kanye West with the song "Jesus Walks" have really paved the way, she added.

    In the future, she would like to do a more Christian song, that is "more personal as if I am talking about a loved one, to be more relatable, but I know it is about (she points up). And if anyone asked me about it, I would say, yes, I wrote it about God."

    Ch-check out her concert Wednesday. I'll be backstage that night, and will be giving you details then!

    Wild 94.9 Bomb Veinte
    WHERE: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
    TIX: $20-$80; (408) 998-8497, (415) 421-8497 or www.ticketmaster.com

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