Six years ago, Valley Queen's front woman Natalie Meadors drove to Los Angeles on a whim, looking to expand her musical horizons. After a lonely and frustrating year, she was on the verge of returning home when she happened upon an acoustic jam session where she met guitarist David Donaldson. Meadors was immediately reminded of the comfort and friendliness of her Arkansas roots; the perfect environment for musical creation. She could hear traces of her hometown influences in his riffs: Zeppelin, Duane Allman, and Muddy Waters. The two began collaborating, exchanging ideas and drawing in other like-minded musicians. "It gave us all something to rest our heads upon, a musical family that became a home for us all," says Meadors. Today, Valley Queen is a hybrid of southern rock and Motown, with traces of 1970s canyon rock. "Carnival", the A- side on their debut 7" produced by Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast, FIDLAR, Fool's Gold), embodies these influences as Meadors sings about creating a supportive artistic community in Echo Park. The B-side "Make You Feel" is a bluesy slow jam about young love.
From San Fran to LA, Act Natural is testing out the waters of this vibrant place.
Kofi (Mike Blair) is a music producer who has recently picked up guitar. He and Annabelle toggle between lead and harmony with vocals. He may also surprise you with a pocket piano or many of the other tricks up his sleeve.
Annabelle is primarily a mandolin player and vocalist, though she also plays violin (her first instrument) and tickles the guitar.
They do not have much recorded just yet, so keep your ears peeled for what's in store.
Currently gearing up to release her debut EP, Lexie Rose is an Americana pop singer songwriter who, since her debut club performance at age 13, has backed her bold confidence and ambition with a charismatic stage presence and commitment to crafting compelling tunes reflective of her life’s journey at any given time.
As the tracks she recorded at age 14 with Grammy winning producer Sheldon Gomberg (Ben Harper, Rickie Lee Jones, Ryan Adams) continue generating buzz on her Soundcloud page, Lexie’s latest songs – produced by Max Allyn– are deeper, darker, more mysterious pieces that reflect the 16-year-old’s passion for the catalogs of Radiohead, Fiona Apple and the late Elliott Smith.
While Lexie’s infectious melodies and insightful lyrics always create a clear story for her longtime fans and new listeners to grab hold of, the fresh, metaphor rich approach she takes lends itself to allowing those hearing her songs to interpret them in different ways. “Listeners can find what they want in them,” she says. “Like a lot of young songwriters, I’ve been on an extended circuit these past few years co-writing with many others,” Lexie says. “The songs I want to sing are those I write about myself, reflecting my own life experiences and worldview. I always want my work to be personal yet universal, and relatable to anyone.”
Eager to get out and perform her own material, Lexie took the initiative book her first solo gig at 13. She soon became popular on the L.A. club circuit, regularly playing popular spots, including Hotel Café, Genghis Cohen, The Hi Hat and the legendary Troubadour. While maintaining her life as a high school student, Lexie complements her own headline gigs as keyboardist and acoustic guitarist in Night Talks, her brother’s alt rock band that just released its debut album, In Dreams.
“I love the time I spend songwriting,” Lexie says, “but there’s nothing more enjoyable for me than playing live and feeding off the audience’s energy in those moments when they truly connect with my songs. It’s also a mind blowing experience to be in the studio and be part of the process as a song that started in a raw, simple form comes to life as a full blown production. After writing and recording material for so long, I’m really excited about finally having the opportunity to officially release my music and share it with a wider audience than ever before.”