And you won’t find many who show up with a more impressive resume or a more impressive collection of pre-show music than Natalie Stovall.
Performing to the tune of 200 shows per year as Natalie Stovall and The Drive, she’s released a pair of stand-alone singles, a couple of music videos and a pair of top-flight EPs — a six-song self-titled project in 2015 and the six-song “Heartbreak” in 2016.
How talented is Natalie?
Check out the live performance of the clever and fun “Mason Jar” below. Check out the rollicking “Crazy In Love,” also embedded below. And listen to that impassioned vocal on “Dear Dolly,” about the challenges of making it as a female in male-dominated country music.
Natalie, who hails from Columbia, Tenn., also arrives on the show with a pretty impressive fan base — nearly 12,000 followers on Twitter and 20,000 on Instagram, numbers that far exceed most of the Season 13 contestants on The Voice.
Oh, and did I mention that Natalie writes her own music? Or that she also plays fiddle?
According to her website bio, Natalie started performing at age 10 and made her Grand Ole Opry debut at age 12. She’s performed on the Oprah Winfrey Show and at the White House.
And in 2014, ABC had Natalie help host the red carpet festivities at the 2014 CMA Awards, an opportunity that allowed her to meet and interview many of her idols.
In an interview earlier this year, she was asked “if we were to take some country artists and put them in a blender, what would it take to get you?”
Natalie’s response: “Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Shania Twain and Garth Brooks. Just blend them all up.”
Here are Natalie’s social links, followed by those promised samples of her music.