Natalie is a Mexican American R&B singer and songwriter. Her debut single, “Goin' Crazy,” reached No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2005. Her self-titled debut album was launched later that year on May 17, under Universal Records, and has sold over about 250,000 units. Her sophomore record, “Everything New” (2006), did not make it to the Billboard 200, perhaps because of the record label's lack of promotion. Natalie was initially signed to Latium Entertainment as a rapper before she started singing hooks. She once also worked as a cheerleader and backed up dancer.
Natalie Nicole Alvarado
Childhood and Family:
Natalie Nicole Alvarado, who would later be popular simply as Natalie, was born on September 2, 1979, in Houston/Clear Lake, Texas. After high school, she studied criminal justice in college.
Natalie worked as a cheerleader for the NBA team Houston Rockets and backed up dancer for various R&B and rap artists such as Frankie J and Baby Bash. During her job as a cheerleader, she was also working on her lyrical skills and even added rapping to her dance performances. She went on to sign as a rapper with Latium Entertainment, founded by Charles Chavez, and it was her rapping skills that eventually attracted the attention of her production team. She would later focus on as a singer.
Natalie's first album, “Natalie,” was released on May 17, 2005 under Universal Records. The album debuted and peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart and sold over 50,000 copies in its first week. The album also charted at No. 82 on the Spanish Albums Chart. Its lead single, “Goin' Crazy” (2005), which she co-wrote with Eddie Montgomery and Davion Botts, became a hit for Natalie in the United States by peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also reached No. 9 on the Billboard Pop Songs and No. 14 on the Billboard Radio Song. The second single “Energy” (2005), featuring Baby Bash, peaked at No. 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song “Where Are You,” featuring Justin Roman, was set to be released as the album's third single before it was trashed.
In 2005, Natalie served as the opening act of the Wango Tango music festival in Anaheim, California hosted by Los Angeles, California radio station KIIS. She did the same duty for the successful 2005 Latium Tour of Baby Bash and Frankie J.
Natalie resurfaced with her second album, “Everything New,” on September 19, 2006. The album featured productions from Happy Perez, with whom she worked on her debut, while she also worked with other producers like Bloodshy & Avant and Play N Skillz. The first single “What You Gonna Do” (2006), featuring hip-hop tinges from Bun B, failed to attract much attention. Due to lack of promotion from record label for the album as well as lack of radio support for the singles, “Everything New” was unable to chart on the Billboard 200 and has sold about 5,000 pieces.
Apart from her two studio albums, Natalie has collaborated with other artists such as Baby Bash on the songs “Bubbalicious” and “Throwed Off” from his 2005 album “Super Saucy,” Chamillionaire on “Think I'm Crazy” and Miss Lady Pinks on “ Last Chance.”