‘Mi Ritiro’ is the second single from Natasha Hardy’s debut Album, ‘Lost in Love’. Natasha Hardy is a new classical crossover singer whose sound sits somewhere between Katherine Jenkins, Sarah Brightman and Enya, her voice has been described as ‘angelic, haunting and ethereal’.
Mi Ritiro is a slow tempo Italian lyrical ballad that captures Natasha’s beautiful vocals, which seamlessly unite the contemporary/operatic divide. The self-penned song literally translated ‘I Retreat’ introduces itself with Natasha’s ethereal vocals emerging gently from the piano and glass harmonica styled intro, building into her full classical voice over the simple yet elegant cinematic orchestration reminiscent of an old Italian movie.
NATASHA HARDY – Biography
Natasha is a classical crossover singer, her voice has been described as ‘angelic, haunting, and ethereal’ something like a mix between Enya and Sarah Brightman. She spent many years perfecting a combination of operatic, classical and contemporary styles to create the sound that she wanted.
Natasha forged a non-traditional way to find her voice and, whilst working full time, she self-funded her classical singing studies. She also studied contemporary music at the same music college in East London as Ed Sheeran, all the while honing her song writing skills.
Natasha is one eighth Irish, her maternal Great Grandmother hailing from Killarney, Ireland, so it’s not surprising that her upbringing included an eclectic musical mix of artists and bands, but it was through her own classical singing studies that she discovered a passion for opera, where both music and theatre collide. Natasha’s beautiful haunting vocals, which transport you instantly, to a world of enchantment, love and romance, revealing her true calling.
Musical Influences and Musical Career
Natasha’s musical influences are varied, from the ethereal voices of Enya and Sarah McLachlan, to the operatic voices of Renee Fleming and Angela Georgiou. She holds the contemporary artists Enigma and Faithless in high regard, along with the emotional cinematic music from film composers Hans Zimmer, Alan Silvestri, and Gabriel Yared. Songwriters that have influenced and inspired Natasha include Prince, George Michael, Simon & Garfunkel and Joni Mitchel.
Through her entrepreneurial spirit, Natasha built up her own singing business, from singing at weddings and events, to care and nursing homes; she is passionate about using music as a tool for healing. She co-wrote and features in various corporate music including award winning AV show commissioned by Ferrari for Ferrari World, Abhu Dhabi and German Couture House, Ollendiek. Natasha has put on many of her own classical concerts and recitals, but the call to write her own classically inspired music was greater than singing cover songs.
Lost in Love – the story of the album
In 2015, Natasha’s passion for writing material she could sing herself gave birth to the idea of a classical crossover album. Over the next year Natasha started to write cathartic and bittersweet love songs, pouring her heart and soul into them. The album began to take shape in the form of songs about her passions, heartaches, unrequited loves, and the fairy-tale fantasies that falling in love can bring. With the help of Italian pianist Stefano Marzanni, the songs were finally composed and arranged for voice and piano. By the end of 2016 the album had been written.
In 2017 Natasha paired up with Music Producer, Tom E Morrison, (Viking Destiny, Hard Boiled Sweets) who produced and arranged all but one track on the album. Tom was able to read Natasha’s vision and combined Natasha’s ethereal and operatic vocals with ambient, Celtic and orchestral influences, resulting in a beautiful cinematic blend of music, reminiscent of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ soundtracks. Natasha worked with a plethora of talented musicians, and amazingly, also managed to bag the lead violinist on the Lord of The Rings Soundtrack, Dermot Crehan, as the violinist on her album. By the end of 2017 the album was finished.
One song on the album is composed and arranged by Film Music Producer Michael A Levine (Siren, Hunger Games) a song that was originally written for the animated film ‘Rango’ (featuring the voice of Johnny Depp).Natasha approached Michael to see if she could write the melody and lyrics for the song. After he had heard her version, Michael loved it, and it is now part of the album.
Natasha’s self-funded debut album ‘Lost in Love’ brings a new twist to the classical crossover market and is ready for worldwide release in Autumn 2018.