What happens when you take soulful keys and pair them with perceptive storytelling, rock-infused melodies, and heartbreaking hooks?
You get Nathan Angelo.
And, more recently, you get his latest release, Follow Your Heart.
An Atlanta transplant and minister’s son, Nathan discovered music at an early age where he spent much of his youth as his church’s Director of Music, developing his vocals and finding a home on the keys. With no plans of pursuing music professionally, Nathan stumbled into songwriting more as catharsis than ambition. What started as a hobby after college quickly turned into a passion, one which he soon felt necessary to share with an audience. His first two projects Through Playing Me (2006) and These ‘Ol Keys (2009) reveal a soulful disposition and a natural affinity for provocative songwriting.
Coupled with an incessant touring schedule and attention paid to the ever-changing landscape of social media, Nathan has managed to sell over 15,000 albums independently. He’s also toured with national acts such as the Fray, Zac Brown Band, Marc Broussard and Matt Wertz. In 2009, Nathan caught the attention of a major publishing company, Warner/Chappell. Compelled by his ability to mix modern-pop with classic songwriting, Warner/Chappell signed Nathan to a publishing deal, a rare occasion for an independent artist, and has since been called upon to write for the likes of Kelly Clarkson & Justin Bieber.
A commercial spin on soul-infused pop, Nathan’s latest project Follow Your Heart (2011) emerges as his strongest work to date. Laced with both whimsy and candor, songs like “Love Is On the Line,” “Make Up Your Mind,” “Forgetting You” and “Hurt Me” treat the intricacies and frustrations of youth and relationships with due weight yet have a playfulness that lightens the situation. In reference to Follow Your Heart, Nathan calls it “a very personal project yet one that I believe to be universal in its ability to relate to what we all go through.”
As much an album title as it is an anthem, Follow Your Heart displays Nathan’s ear for melody and keen understanding of story and reveals that he has much in store for fans both new and old.