Track-by-track guide to Natalie Alexander’s self-titled EP With Queens of Country!

The next person to keep an eye on in the pop-country world is Natalie Alexander. Hailing from Sonoma County, California, Alexander’s love for music began at a young age, but she only began to seriously show the world her talent in her junior year of high school. Now, Alexander released this EP after the success of “I Don’t Want To Catch My Breath.” Alexander took the time to write a little bit about each track, so here’s a little guide to her new, stellar EP.

Cruel: “This was the first song I chose to record and I fell in love with it the second I heard it. It’s about stopping the cycle of hurting other people the way you’ve been hurt in past relationships. I felt instantly connected with the message of the song. Hearing the song and knowing everyone has been through this same thing is really powerful and uplifting. It’s really special to me for that reason.​“

I Don’t Want To Catch My Breath: “I was so excited to record this song because it was written by my favorite song writer, Hillary Lindsey. I found the piano melody to be one of the most compelling parts of the song and I loved the powerful chorus. It had a similar appeal to me as Aerosmith’s Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. Being a pianist myself made the idea of performing it live so exciting! This was probably the most difficult song to record because the track was more pure and the vocals more pronounced and I wanted to put different emotion in different parts of the song so it required more focused attention than the other songs did. Also, knowing that Hillary would hear it put some added pressure! I wanted to do it right. That song ended up being the best performing song, now with over 1,000,000 spins on Retail Radio and charted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Singles Sales chart.”

Wanted: “This was my Carrie Underwood song. I loved the powerful chorus and the message of the song was unique to me. Wanting someone to want you isn’t a message in storytelling that’s as common and I liked that about it. I think this was probably the most vocally challenging song, because those high notes really pound at the top of my range. In the instrumental bridge I felt like I wanted to add something there so I did “say yeah” and that was honestly so difficult to get. I remember my producer just played that instrumental section on loop and was recording every thing I sang, and I was trying out different things. I love what we picked!”

What Love Feels Like: I found this song to be really sweet and innocent. I love the summer love story it tells, it reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book. This was actually the first song I recorded in the studio. I wanted my EP to show different sides of me and what I’m about and I felt like this song was a good balance between the more intense songs I released. I want everyone to have a fun, sweet, love like this at some point.

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