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Meet Natalie Antell of Soul City Band

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Antell.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I joined Soul City about 5 years ago, but the band has been in existence since 1988. Our current manager, guitarist Trick Wallace, has been handling things since the mid-90’s. Unlike everyone else in the group, I am completely self-taught. This is a group of very talented and experienced individuals, mostly from Berklee and surrounding music schools. My start in the wedding industry was very organic. I was singing in a local big band show and the sound man handed me a business card and told me I should be doing something bigger- it was that simple. Obviously, with little experience, it was a huge chance to take on a singer, but I harassed Trick until he gave me the job. I like to think that’s what really got me the position- I just knew I had to be in this band and I wouldn’t take no for an answer. Luckily, it worked out for everyone!

Has it been a smooth road?
I think my lack of experience when I first started was, to put it mildly, very evident. I was scared to be on stage and there was so much to learn. But you won’t find a more accepting and supportive group than this band. I’m not the first one he did that for- Trick has a tendency to hire singers who are newer to the business, which I think is really unique, but also brilliant- he gives us a chance to grow into the kind of singers we want to be.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Soul City Band – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
What Soul City does is quite simple- we pack dance floors with classic and contemporary Soul music. We do plenty of weddings, but we also perform at a lot of charity events, municipal events, and private parties. One thing that sets us apart from other bands is our chemistry- we are 10 people that love to hang out every weekend with each other. It’s so evident when you watch us. There’s a lot of laughter and smiles and interest in what we do, and the fun is contagious.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
The thing I really appreciate about Boston is the large art scene which is fed by so much diversity. You can find something for everyone here. The thing I like least about Boston is that unfortunately, the music scene is beginning to shrink. There are a number area hot-spots that provided live music that have had to close in the past year or two, which is fascinating to me because we live in the music college capital of the world! There is so much talent here, and we’re running out of places to host it.

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