An Interview With…Natalie McCool


Lyrics laden with honesty that shines through her personality, Liverpool native Natalie McCool ventured to our small hometown of Stroud to perform on Friday night. Unknown to the Prince Albert regulars that she would spontaneously grace the stage that night, among the candlelights and collectables from years gone by she stood solo on the stage with nothing but her guitar. Playing personal favourites Dust and Coal and Size Zero, she finished with the track Nightcall adding her own twist to the original that featured on the Drive movie soundtrack, her delivery was sincere and so filled with passion you know how much she enjoys presenting her craft and talent for music. Gaining critical acclaim from the likes of 6 Music, XFM and Harvey Goldsmith CBE her journey is set to get even more exciting. Currently on tour, her self titled Album is out now and is an absolute to joy listen to and she’ll be playing at a number of festivals this year including Sheffield’s Tramlines and Merseyside’s Festival of Firsts.

Following her performance at The Prince Albert Stroud I interviewed Natalie McCool about working with Paul McCartney, what to expect from her debut album and how it felt to be recognised by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Grammy Award-Winning Producer Steve Levine. Listen to the entire interview here. 

Natalie McCool

Rhyme and Shine factoids:

  • Natalie has worked with Sir Paul McCartney in a one to one songwriting session
  • She won the Yamaha National Songwriting Competition ‘Make It Break It’ judged by Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Grammy Award-Winning producer Steve Levine at the age of 18
  • Her debut album Dust and Coal was released in April
  • Her track Fortune has been given airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
  • The track Black Sun has featured in an episode of Hollyoaks
  • Natalie and her band have performed in front of 150,000 people at the Hyde Park event A Future That Works

As a first time listener Natalie recommends her track Thin Air:

Natalie McCool’s current single Dust and Coal:

Fortune as played on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music:


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