On January 17, 2020, R&B singer, songwriter, and producer A-natural will release his much anticipated new full-length album The Ascension of A-natural. Releasing on his own Natural City Music imprint, the album is the latest release from the artist since his award winning EP,
#COAOAFB2, and it’s predecessor, The Chronicles of an Over-Ambitious Fat-Boy.
‘Ascension’ was conceived in late 2018 initially as a possible second EP as A-natural felt there was no need to go into “full album mode” so soon. However, after the first three songs were completed, A-natural would go on to have a stellar year in 2019 winning two Independent
Music Awards for his EP #COAOAFB2 and its lead single “Thirst”, performing exclusively for a top designer during New York Fashion Week, and lighting up the summer as the opening performer for Grammy-winning artist T-Pain. In order to keep the momentum going, he released a buzz single, “Go-Getter”, as a thank you to his fans for giving him a great year, and also to celebrate others who have triumphed over adversity.
With those accomplishments behind him, A-natural used the rest of 2019 to continue work on the project, which at completion became a 15 song album. By securing production from several producers, including Grammy-winning legend Focus… (Dr. Dre, Beyoncé, Kendrick Lamar, John Legend), this would be the first time in A-natural’s career where almost half of the songs on the album were created by outside producers and songwriters. Along for this ride are
producers Vertical Jones, AimeZ, QuanBoi, CodeRedd, and Saaqib, with A-natural taking up production and writing duties for the rest of the album. ‘Ascension’ also contains guest spots from some of A-natural’s musical friends including NYC’s rising star Robbie Nova (Maino, 50 Cent), DanO (88 Keys), and upcoming artist, Kingsley.
With a heavy concentration on visual content this era, A-natural has taken on the ambitious goal of creating most of the visual content for this album prior to the album’s release. His intent was to make sure that this particular album had space to breathe and interest to extend past a release date. To begin, the first official single “Down Like Forever” featuring Kingsley, was released with a sleek, futuristic music video directed by another of A-natural’s creative partners, Richard “Parlay” Copier of OneI Photography. In hopes to build excitement for the album, the video was released the same day that iTunes pre-orders for the album went live. Two additional visuals are scheduled to premiere leading up to the album’s release with more to come throughout the year.
Up next for A-natural will be a revamp of his live show with shows expanding outside of the tristate area. Also, look for A-natural to be a judge at the 18th Annual Independent Music Awards over the summer. The Ascension of A-natural arrives on all digital platforms on January 17, 2020. For more information on A-natural, please visit www.anatural4ever.com or follow him across all social media @anatural4ever.
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