Folksinger and songwriter Natalie Mishell was born and raised in sunny southern California. She grew up singing her heart out in a warm home filled with music of all genres, especially the sounds of the ’60s and ’70s. Her Mexican-born father and American mother were eclectic art makers and introduced her to many forms of creativity.
Mishell loved performing for people and, at age 8, became swept up in the art of acting. For most of her younger years, she appeared in musicals, plays, and small film productions. After her acceptance to the Beverly Hills Playhouse, she moved to Los Angeles, where she studied and worked in film, TV, and commercials.
It wasn't until she booked a character with a major singing role that she realized that an essential part of herself had been lying dormant. She started experimenting with singing again; she joined a local folk, bluegrass band called Traditional Matter, taught herself guitar, and began writing songs that drew on her personal experiences.
Once she found her voice, she decided to make music her main focus. She uprooted her Los Angeles life and moved to New York City. The move was hard and painful, but she didn’t give up. She began creating a life full of music, community, and transformation.
In 2010, Mishell released her first solo EP, "In My Shoes" (produced by Rich Pagano), followed by an East Coast tour. In 2011, she released her single "Sunshine" (produced by Kallie Marie and Danile Van Cortlandt). Soon afterward, Natalie put together the band Natalie Mishell & Company, currently featuring Troy Fannin on lead guitar, Cameron Mitchell on pedal steel, Dave LeBlanc on drums, and Tony Oppenheimer on bass. They released their first full-length record in 2013: "Goodnight Stranger," produced by J.P. Bowersock (The Strokes, Ryan Adams).
It’s been an thrilling 2016. Natalie recorded the new singles “Keep On Lovin’” (produced by Rich Pagano and featuring the band) and "So Patiently” (a self-produced solo track), and released a live-session music video for her latest single. She also started exploring intriguing new projects—most recently teaming up with a folk rock trio featuring songwriter Daniel Van Cortlandt and Troy Fannin. Together, this power trio has been making appearances at local NYC venues. Mishell also performs regularly at New York’s Rockwood Music Hall and curates her own singer-songwriter showcase at Erv’s in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Natalie lives her songs as she writes them, sustained by the contagious energy of live shows. She greets her audiences with a warm smile—sharing vulnerability, ecstasy, and sorrow alike. Whether solo or with her band, Natalie wears her heart on her sleeve, and is ready to share her spirit and music wherever they take her.
Backing Vocals, Guitar / Troy Fannin
Pedal Steel / Cameron Mitchell
Bass / Tony Oppenheimer
Drums / Dave LeBlanc