Natasha Owens, a refreshing young Christian Pop songstress from Dallas, Texas, said on Oct. 24 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she has been blown away by the positive feedback from her debut album, "I Made It Through."
Owens has been busy touring behind the album, but she kindly took out a few moments from her schedule to answer some questions about her career in music. Here's what she had to say:
Q. You have been making a name for yourself in the Christian, Country and Pop music worlds for the past several months with your infectious melodies and hard hitting message. Tell us a little bit about your debut album.
Owens: The album is named 'I Made It Through' and was released this past May. I lost my Dad a little over 3 years ago. It was the first earth and faith shaking experience that I have ever been through. I went through a period of time to where I questioned everything I had always believed in. I was so angry at God for allowing him to die. But through that time, God was the one that never left me.
I was a music minister at the time and I seemed to be drawn to restoration songs. It was those songs that kept me hanging on. Songs that had a strong message of love, hope and God never leaving your side. When the opportunity was given to me to cut an album, I wanted it to contain restoration songs that would give people hope in the bad times. Everyone you come in contact with these days are going through something. Everyone needs to feel a little hope and peace.
Q. How has the response been so far?
Owens: The response has blown me away. We have already been able to help so many people. It amazes me everyday how much good has come out of my personal tragedy. You can always find positives in a negative situation.
Q. For those who are unfamiliar, how would you describe your sound?
Owens: Every song on the album has a unique sound. You will hear some rock, ballads, blues and worship songs. People tell me often that I sound like Kari Jobe or Darlene Zechech from Hillsong.
Q. What can fans expect to hear from you on your upcoming New York tour dates?
Owens: This will be my second trip this month to Long Island. I was given the opportunity to open for Michael W Smith a few weeks ago at the LIU campus. Fans can expect to hear my personal testimony, inspirational music, my passion and my heart.
Q. How have your Long Island fans been treating you?
Owens: Long Island fans have been so wonderful to me. I was able to really make a connection with so many of them. Hearing their stories gave me strength and hope too. I left last time with a determination that I have to do what it takes to get this message out. A lot of hurting people and not enough time.
Q. What was the songwriting process like for the "I Made It Through" album?
Owens: I was not responsible for writing the songs on the I made it through album. I was surrounded by some of the best writers in Nashville and I give them all the credit.
I will say, however, that every song I picked I felt like God gave the writers a peak into my life and they were written especially for me. They contained the words, emotions and circumstances of exactly what I had gone through. I am already starting to work on my second project. That album will contain some songs that I have written. So stay tuned.
Q. Any plans to do a national tour behind the album?
Owens: Yes. We have so many things in the works right now. God has already opened so many doors. Stay tuned to Natashaowensmusic.com. Big things being announced soon.
Q. What message do you hope to convey through your music?
Owens: When you make it through a rough trial in your life there is no better feeling than the first time you are able stand on your own and just breath. In that moment, the night is replaced with sun and it feels so warm on your face. You feel so content and peaceful and there is such a joy deep down and a thankfulness to God for bringing you through it. I want everyone to be able to experience what I've just described. I stand here today with a testimony that I have made it through and you can too.
Q. Where can people follow you on the web?