A native of Los Angeles, California, Natasha Slayton is an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
She is famously known for her role in the multi-platinum international girl band G.R.L.
Natasha started in the industry very early, developing her craft inspired by Spice Girls.
Her passion for burlesque dance help garners the attention of Robin Antin, the creator of The Pussycat Dolls.
Natasha achieved her dream after she signed onto Sony Music, leading to the girl band project G.R.L. earning the international multi-platinum status with their hit called Ugly Heart, consecutively going on a worldwide tour.
I had the opportunity to chat with her to uncover more about the new record and the next steps in the music scene.
1- Where did you come from and where are you based now, and why?
I was born and raised in LA, and I have remained local! I’m a genuine valley girl! Haha
2- When did you decide to start in the entertainment industry?
I started acting professionally when I was 9 years old. I originally started auditioning and getting callbacks when I was 2, but my parents pulled me out of the industry when they realized I didn’t know what was going on. It took me begging, pleading and convincing them to let me get back into it, and I was really lucky to start booking projects right away.
3- Who inspired you to pursue a music career?
I’ve been singing and dancing for as long as I can remember, but as soon as the Spice Girls came out, that sealed the deal for me. I was absolutely certain that music was what I was born to do.
4- How was the process to be part of G.R.L.
I’d met Lauren, another member of GRL, through our boyfriends at the time, who were both dancers. I had been doing Burlesque shows around town, singing and dancing, and she ended up seeing a couple clips on youtube and asked me to come meet with Ron Fair, Robin Antin and Larry Rudolf. It was so wild to me because I’d been following those names throughout my life, and the fact that I got a chance to audition for all of them at the same time was nothing short of a dream come true. We were initially meant to be Pussycat Dolls 2.0, but once we started working with Dr. Luke and Max Martin, the group became GRL.
5- Why did you decide to start to release songs as a solo artist?
Going solo was always a part of my plan, but until now, I hadn’t felt like I’d created the perfect music to represent who I am. I believe in divine timing, and I’m very happy everything is aligning and unfolding the way it is.
6- What is the message behind Love Me Like Me?
I initially got inspired to write “Love Me Like Me” because I wanted to create a song that could genuinely and authentically speak to everything I’ve been through and act as a reminder to myself about the power we all have within.
It’s a song about self love, personal empowerment and healing. It reminds us that the answers to all of our questions are found within. We hold the keys.
7- What memory do you just keep going back to?
I’m a very nostalgic person, and I have so many vivid memories from every part of my life. I’m constantly thinking about my times with GRL, especially Simone. So many of my favorite memories to revisit are the ones with my mom, who has also passed. I miss them both dearly.
8-You can broadcast one sentence to every TV channel and radio in the world and have it translated to each country’s language. What sentence do you say?
Only love is real. Everything else is an illusion.
9-Who haven’t you seen or talked to in a long time and hope they are doing okay?
My most recent ex! He has a wife and kids now, but he is such a wonderful man, and I’m always wishing him well.
10-What is quite possibly the most annoying thing ever?
I hate to admit it, but I have quite a few pet peeves. One of them is overpromising and underdelivering.
11-What’s the weirdest tradition your family has?
The weirdest family tradition is that we really don’t have any traditions anymore! I love traditions, though, so I’ve vowed to start a ton of my own.
12-Which message do you have to your fans now?
I just want to say thank you so many times over for sticking by my side and continuing to show so much love and support, through thick and thin! I’m so grateful
13- What is next for Natasha Slayton?
I’m continuing to make and release new music, so please stay tuned! There should be some upcoming live shows, as well!
Thank you so much for this interview! I appreciate you