Natalie Prass | Indie88 Black Box Sessions

Natalie Prass performs "The Fire" and "Far from You" live in the Indie88 Black Box studio

American Singer-songwriter Natalie Prass has spent her life immersed in music. After moving from her birthplace of Cleveland Ohio to Virginia Beach, she began writing songs in the first grade, and even played in a band with Matthew E. White in the eighth grade.

She released her first two EPs, Small & Sweet in 2009 and Sense of Transcendence in 2001. Soon after, she filmed an audition tape on her iPhone that earned her her first gig as the keyboardist in Jenny Lewis’ touring band.

Her 2015 self-titled debut album earned her widespread critical acclaim including Pitchfork’s Best New Albums. Afterwards she wrote an entire follow-up album, but the results of the 2016 US election compelled her to delay its release as she rewrote the entire record.

“The record was ready to go, and then the election happened,” explains Prass. “I was devastated. It made me question what it means to be a woman in America, whether any of the things I thought were getting better were actually improving, who I am and what I believe in. I knew I would be so upset with myself if I didn’t take the opportunity to say some of the things that meant so much to me, so I decided to rewrite the record. I needed to make an album that was going to get me out of my funk, one that would hopefully lift other people out of theirs, too, because that’s what music is all about.”

Last year she released the album, The Future and the Past, before embarking on tour as the supporting act for Kacey Musgraves. During the tour she visited the Indie88 Black Box to perform “The Fire” and “Far from You.”