Natasha Owen’s path to a successful music career is unique, rooted in agonizing heartache and unbelievable tragedy. Several years ago, Natasha’s father died suddenly while cleaning his guns when one misfired, placing a bullet in his chest.
Once the shock wore off, the depression set in. And in the midst of the darkness, Natasha was approached by her pastor about taking over the music ministry at her church. Week after week, as she poured herself into the music of the church and the people within, she found a peace, a reassurance, and a drive to take this opportunity even further than she could have imagined. Says Natasha, “I was so focused on songs, it stopped the spiral. It took time, but the music held me. The songs gave me strength enough to get out of bed.”
At the prompting of a friend she took some of her music into the recording studio and created her first full-length project (2016’s No One But You EP). It didn’t take long for the album to circulate within the music industry, and she suddenly found herself touring as the opening act for Christian music’s most iconic artists, including Michael W. Smith and Jason Crabb. The songs that had been her healing, her comfort, and her restoration were becoming that very thing to people around the world. She wasn’t just surviving anymore. She was beginning to thrive.
In this episode:
The tragic events that lead Natasha to her music including her important new project WE WILL RISE and why she is giving 100% of the proceeds to hurricane relief.
The damage that well-meaning churchgoers do with their well-meaning advice.
Her transition out of a legalistic, image-obsessed denomination.
How she came to understand the true love of God
Natasha returns with her sophomore album, We Will Rise – produced by Ed Cash (Vince Gill, Dave Barnes, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Chris Tomlin). With her upcoming album, Natasha seeks to inspire listeners to rise above their heartache and circumstances, letting go of the fear and regret that holds us back.
2017 has kept Natasha on the road, touring with 7eventh Time Down, Audio Adrenaline, Greg Sikes and Austin French on the “God Is On The Move” Spring Tour plus additional tour dates with JJ Weeks and John Waller and support slots for both Plumb and Matthew West. Quietly released in April, the lyric video for her first single, “I Am Loved,” has exploded with nearly 200,000 views to date, thanks to an increasingly growing fan base that has been anxiously awaiting new music.