WHO IS NATALIE FOREVERLAND?
Natalie Foreverland is a Musical Artist, Ballroom Dancer, Author, Artist & Dance Coach. As a musical artist, she is much more than a singer - songwriter. She also writes Musicals (script and songs), does voice over acting, story-telling & public speaking As a dance coach she teaches ballroom, latin, country & Shag dancing and also choreographs wedding dances & her dance team theatrical performances.
Natalie Foreverland also hosts the Carolina Band Stand TV Show which promotes Carolina Shag dancing in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Her music genre of choice varies. She writes and records Children's music, Christmas Music, Country, Blues, Pop, and records voice overs.
Natalie coaches Shag & Country in Duncan SC; Ballroom & Latin in Greer SC; and Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Acting & Pageantry in her home studio. She also gives painting instruction for a Paint & Pour event in Greenwood, SC.
Free time? When she has it, she loves swimming, painting, photography-videography and putting Bible verses to music.
When she paints, she says she is in a world all her own, one she can create, where she is free to just be, Just Natalie... hence that is how she signs her paintings and photography, "Just Natalie."
Natalie's Dance story given during an interview:
Back when I was a new mom and living in Myrtle Beach SC, one day I was driving down the road crying because I had come to a crossroads in life with my job and I could not travel due to having a toddler. I prayed to God to put me in my destiny. He reminded me of a promise I had my to Him about taking ballet that year. So with $80 in my banking account I called a dance studio and went to take a Ballet lesson. When I walked out the owner of the studio, Natalie Wayne said, (her name was Natalie too) "Natalie I hear you sing, act and choreograph at the theatre, would you be willing to teach piano, voice, strings & theatre here at the studio?" I said yes. I started the next week. Along with teaching music and theatre there, I got to take ballroom classes from the ballroom dance instructor, Paul McTaggart. Everytime one of my students didn't show I would slip into whatever dance class was happening at the moment. I took all the new ballroom moves I learned and incorporated them into my choreography at the theatre. (I did ask my instructor for permission to do this and he was fine with it.) This was my beginning.
10 years passed in Myrtle Beach and I decided to move to the Upstate (Greenville, Spartanburg area) to be near my parents. Funny, instead of teaching music, I fell into teaching Ballroom, Latin, Country & Shag... It just sort of happened. Then I started throwing Dances every weekend. I also teach Country & Shag on Mondays & the Duncan Event Center & Ballroom & Latin on Thursdays @ The Davenport in Greer.
What are your future goals? Our new future goal for 2023 is continuing to promote our new Foreverland Band, which is Natalie Foreverland & The Wonders. This band will be playing LIVE at Foreverland Dance Events on the Weekend. Our Dance Team is also working hard and will be performing with band at Foreverland Dance Events & other community events.
Why do you love dancing? Dancing makes me feel free. All my worries fall away on the dance floor. It also provides wholesome entertainment full of laughter, fun and friends. The social benefits are amazing! People come to class and during the class we switch partners (this is OPTIONAL)... but if they switch, they get to meet everyone and make new friends. We become a dance family.
Is there a certain style you are drawn to most? I have 1 set of triplets and 1 sets of twins that I love equally... Salsa, Swing, Shag and Bachata & Tango.
How does dancing support you body and mind? Dancing is amazing exercise. It's great cardio. It also keeps your brain sharp, especially for the leads. As a lead you a remembering your steps and leading the follow. Once you have a string of moves, when you're on the dance floor you using your memorization skills as you have to recall each move that you have been working on. Dancing keeps the brain sharp and gives clarity of thought!
OVER THE MOON AND RAINBOW - Soundtrack from Series 1 - "Foreverland the Return of Peter Pan." April 2020
GREEN & PURPLE CLAY - Soundtrack from Series 2 - "Foreverland the Return of Peter Pan." April 2020
TURNING TENDER - a dual album soundtrack for her Musical, "Turning Tender, The Mystery of the 4 Streams." April 2020
HEAR MY CRY - Soundtrack from Musical, "Ruth" whose script was written by Evelyn Snider of Conway SC. April 2020
I AM SPECIAL - Album; Soundtrack from I Am Special, The Story of Noah's Ark, December 2019
THE LIFE SAVIOR - ALBUM; Soundtrack from The Life Savior Musical, December 2019
BABY WAKE ME UP - Dual Album; Daytime/Nightime July 2017
WHO I AM - Single, July 2017
TEBOW316 - Single, March 2017
TEBOW GOIN' BE FREE - Single, February 2017
MY BEAUTY - Single, March 2017
CHRISTMAS MORNING - Album; The Evening Star Named Cata Musical - Soundtrack, December 2016
Foreverland Music & Dance Events
THE SOUND & TALENTS OF NATALIE FOREVERLAND
HOW SHE TELLS HER STORY...
I was only 5. They had a contest at my church. The child who memorized the most Bible verses got the big prize. It was a gorgeous PINK leather Bible. Honestly, I just wanted it because it was pink, not because it was a Bible...and of course because I HAD TO WIN.
My competitive nature kicked in full force. Every night before I went to bed, my mom would go over all of the verses I had to memorize so I could say them perfectly for my teacher come Sunday morning. However, this night was different, there was a particular verse I was learning that somehow moved my spirit-soul little being. It was called John 3:16. I quoted it perfectly for my mom that night as I had worked on it all week.
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." My mom explained to me that Jesus died on the cross for me to take away my sins and asked me if I wanted to ask Him into my heart. I still remember the tug I felt in my stomach as my eyes welled with tears. Even to this day it is so very real. At that moment I asked Jesus to come into my heart, and I immediately felt a beautiful peace...a "washing away of gunk" as I like to call it. Throughout my childhood, I continued to seek the Lord...but then out of nowhere my Senior Year turned into college and I started falling away from the heart that had always been so very true to me...I worked a radio station in town and although I sang, I still had not found my true voice or started writing songs.
After college, I moved to Jacksonville FL and man did I start "dancin' a jig." Florida was a whole new world to this little naive South Carolina chick. Despite Florida's popularity, for me it turned into Neverland...with lots of Pirates, mean captains and crazy mermaids! So I moved to Hollywood Florida (I call it Neverland goin' south), home of the "Hollywood Honky Tonk Tours." I made fabulous friends from Kentucky. "Ed and Lanie, I'm talking about you," and I would sing at their dinner parties. But alas, Neverland doesn't last forever, and I was sucked into hole with no available outlet. Alice was not in Wonderland and the music within me still had not fully developed.
I found another pink Bible. It was given to me by my highschool best friend, Temple Monroe. For some reason I opened it. It was right there staring me in the face. Hosea 6:1 Come let us return unto the Lord: for He hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and He will bind us up. "Oh no"...I remember thinking...."This cannot be. God is really real." Sleeping Beauty woke up, as did the music inside of her.
I don't really want to talk about the years that followed my "Waking." Unfortunately, I reaped what I sowed and Karma bit me hard. However, my lessons were learned EXTREMELY well. The most important thing is that through pain, many songs, musicals, and stories were born. Some were songs and stories that I will never release. They were just for me and God. He understands.
You see, I want to release music full of light. It's so easy to share the darkness and the hard times, and I do share that with close friends. However, I feel it my destiny to chase away darkness by filling it with light. I want the earth to be a better place and much less harsh. So I created a Foreverland full of beautiful music. It's a heaven inside my head, heart, soul, and spirit that I want to share. It is my escape into a world of wonderment, purity, innocence, and HAPPY. I think it is the perfect place for infants, toddlers, children and kids of all ages. There is always sunshine, tulips, daffodils, palm trees, mountains and oceans.....all in one. It's perfect in every way just like Mary Poppins, especially if you need to get away.
So whether you are a baby still in the womb, an infant, toddler, child, or just a kid at heart, my music is for you and I hope it brings you the sound and feel of love, peace and joy. May all spaces within your heart and home be filled with His holy light and heaven's music.
As for what's around the corner. #1 - I plan on filming Foreverland The Return of Peter Pan and making it a series. #2 - I need to finish writing a "Song of Solomon," Ballet I've been working on for a while (the lyrics are from the Bible - I'm just writing the music). #3 Since I've been doing ballroom dance 10 years now, I have a real desire to bring back the classics... and record some songs by Billie Holiday, Irving Berlin, Frank Sinatra, Etta James... you name it. I love 40's music. It's so amazingly romantic. I'd also like to mix in some original beach music for shag dancers. After all I must be true to my sweet South Carolina. Here lately, I've just been playing catchup. So we will see what happens. I'll keep you posted. Well, that's my story in a nut shell. Until next time or once upon a time, I'll be seeing you....
PO Box 170412, Spartanburg, SC 29301 843-254-1888
WEBSITE: natalieforeverland.com E-mail: email@example.com
EXPERIENCE; 2005 – Present
DANCER & COACH: BALLROOM/ LATIN/ SHAG/ COUNTRY
(Salsa, Bachata, East Coast Swing, Waltz, Foxtrot, Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, Shag, Line dance, etc)
Latin Dance Performer/ Choreographer: Denny's Corporation Hispanic Week
Dance Coach: Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure NC (Ballroom, Latin, Shag) 2019, 2020
Dance Coach: Clemson University, Clemson SC (Shag) 2020 - present
Dance Coach: Spartanburg Salsa @ Shaking D'z (Latin) 2018 - present
Dance Coach: Foreverland Dance @ The Spinning Jenny, Greer SC (Ballroom) 2019-pres.
Dance Coach: Country Dances @ The Spinning Jenny, Greer SC (Country) 2019-present
President - USA DANCE UPSTATE - Chapter #6078 - 2020 - present
Marketing Director - USA DANCE NATIONAL - 2019
Tebow316 East Coast Swing and Line Dance; USA DANCE UPSTATE #6078
Foreverland, The Return of Peter Pan Musical - Foreverland Productions, MB, SC
Turning Tender Musical - Foreverland Productions, Myrtle Beach SC
The King and I; TOR Theatre; Conway SC
Jekyl and Hyde: TOR Theatre; Conway SC
SINGER/ MUSICIAN/ PERFORMER
Stompin’ Grounds, Greer SC
Stellars Bar and Grill Downtown, Greenville, SC
Sounds of the Season; Myrtle Beach Mall; MB, SC
Benjamins; Myrtle Beach, SC
FreshBrew Coffee House; Myrtle Beach, SC
Vine Coffee House: Myrtle Beach, SC
Second Cup: Myrtle Beach SC
Host of Carolina Band Stand TV Show 2018-2020
Patricia’s Hope Charity Event; North Myrtle Beach 2015
North Myrtle Beach Christmas Parade 2011-2014
North Myrtle Beach Christmas Tree Lighting 2011-2014
Annual Songwriter’s Festival; Myrtle Beach Mall; North Myrtle Beach SC 2010-2014
Host - Carolina Band Stand TV Show - Shag Dancing in South Carolina; Easley SC
Narrator-Lead; Evening Star Named Cata; FW Pro; North Myrtle Beach SC
Fairy Godmother-Supporting; Believe-Cinderella; Foreverland Productions
Mermaid Queen-Supporting: Mermaid Musical; Foreverland Productions
Info-Mercial for Stars of the 50's Dance Party; Foreverland Productions
Mother-Lead; Tebow316 Music Video; FW Pro; NMB SC
Mother-Lead; Tebow Goin Be Free Music Video; FW Pro
I Love Lucy Mermaid Musical; Foreverland Productions; NMB, SC
Narrator; Evening Star Named Cata; Foreverland Productions; NMB, SC
Traffic Reporter; Traffic Patrol; Myrtle Beach, SC
Natalie - female lead; Beehive; TOR; Conway, SC
Queen – female lead; Story of Elijah; TOR, Conway, SC
Nicole - female lead; & Pocohantas; FW Pro; NMB, SC
Rose - female lead; Old Alabama Theatre; Kingdom Productions; Myrtle Beach
Mother - female lead; Turning Tender Musical; Foreverland Productions; MB, SC
Head Wife - Supporting role; The King and I; TOR; Conway
Berklee School of Music – Music Licensing; International Music
Bachelors Degree with a major in Marketing from Francis Marion University
Carolina Dance Partners – Ballroom Dance; NMB, SC 2008-2014
Lenny Sembaluk Records; Training in Record Engineering; MB, SC/ 2005-2008
Martial Arts Education: Kung Fu
2005 - Received Torry Award for Best Choreography; TOR; Conway, SC
RECORDING ARTIST - RELEASED RECORDS/ SINGLES
BABY WAKE ME UP; Dual Album; Daytime & Nightime
TURNING TENDER; Dual Album; Turning Tender Musical Soundtrack
CHRISTMAS MORNING:; Album; The Evening Star Named Cata Musical - Soundtrack
OVER THE MOON AND RAINBOW; Album; Foreverland, the Return of Peter Pan - Soundtrack
GREEN AND PURPLE CLAY; Album; Foreverland the Return of Peter Pan Musical - Soundtrack
HEAR MY CRY; Album; Soundtrack from The Musical, Ruth
I AM SPECIAL; Album; Soundtrack from I Am Special, The Story of Noah's Ark
THE LIFE SAVIOR; ALBUM; Soundtrack from The Life Savior Musical
WHO I AM; Single
TEBOW GOIN' BE FREE; Single
MY BEAUTY; Single
Musicals written by Natalie Foreverland
1. EVENING STAR (Musical) – A tale about the Evening star named Cata, and her journey to find Pretty. The Evening Star soundtrack is on Natalie’s newly released Christmas album entitled Christmas Morning.
2. TURNING TENDER: THE MYSTERY OF THE FOUR STREAMS, (Musical) May, 2009 - published (27 songs, 2.5 hours)
3. FOREVERLAND – THE RETURN OF PETER PAN (Musical) May 2008 – Published (A Sequel to Peter Pan with a spin off from the Wizard of Oz) (A fun filled adventure, mixing Fairytale themes with Superheroes) (29 original songs.....3 hours) Foreverland features music from 2 of Natalie Foreverland’s albums, Over the Moon and Rainbow & Green and Purple Clay
4. BELIEVE IN ME; CINDERELLA MINI-MUSICAL; (run time: 30 minutes)
5. DON’T BE DECEIVED; SNOW WHITE MINI-MUSICAL (Percussion Musical); (run time: 30 minutes)
6. I’VE BEEN SWIMMING; I LOVE LUCY - MERMAID MINI-MUSICAL; (run time: 30 minutes)
7. GUARD YOUR HEART: THE SECRETS OF THE TEN PLAGUES OF EGYPT (Musical) (A story of divorce and how to guard your heart from the 10 plagues of Egypt) (21 original songs, 2 hours)
8. I AM SPECIAL (Children’s Musical) (run time:1 hour) The story of Noah’s ark told by the wives and the animals.
9. THE LIFE SAVIOR (Adult Musical) April 2003 - published (A Musical addressing the re-visitation of our past, in order to heal, and live life to its fullest.) (2 Hrs.=8 songs)
10. HEAR MY CRY (Adult Musical) April 2020 - Natalie Foreverland created the music for the musical and the script was written by Evelyn Snider.
NATALIE'S LAST LETTER - OCTOBER 2019
When people ask me what I do, I can't ever find the right answer. My local friends know me best would say, "She's a singer-dancer entertainer." However, maybe "Musical Artist" suits me best as I write Musicals….the music and the scripts and then I record & produce the songs. However, I also do Voice Overs, Painting, Videography and Photography and I Coach Acting, Music, Art and Dance. Oh and I have three hidden loves....Swimming, Painting and Ballroom dance. I paint on my back porch in the moonlight every chance I get and I dance Salsa, Tango, Swing, Foxtrot and Waltz 5 nights a week ( I teach first, then I dance). It's fabulous cardio. So how do you say all that in a two word title. Hence, titles never tell a full story, they just label people. Know this, "I love Stories and I tell them all the time!" Oh yeah that's right, I'm a storyteller too...Lol. I left that one off the list.
As for the genre of music I write, well I can't put that in a box either. I write and perform a little bit of everything: children's music, wedding music, ballroom dance music, country, pop, folk, blues... you name it. As for the covers I perform at weddings/parties, some of my favorite artists are from the 40's like Irving Berlin, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Frank Sinatra.... and classics like Elvis and Patsy Cline. Oh I love top 40 too....Bruno, Adele, Owl City, Regina Spektor, Alica Key, Maroon 5, etc. in other words I like the NEW and the OLD....top 40 and the 40's....and as for the stuff in between....well it's just...ok. LoL.
As far as creating music, I love to create music for the whole family, including infants, babies, toddlers & kids of all ages, using clean wholesome lyrics; fresh hip hop pop rhythms; & soothing music therapy that will calm your child's soul & nourish your mate's heart.
Yep and I love wedding music and ballroom dance music. The sappier it is, the better! Come on! Mushy gushy love dove songs are the best! Ha! There's nothing like a fabulous love song. Now if you can just take these songs and dance with your mate in the living room after the kids are put to sleep... well that's just soooo romantic, and is there anything more beautiful than romance? So dance together, sing together and pray together. There's nothing better that you can give your child, than them seeing mommy and daddy in love. So, show them how to love. My music will help..... I promise. LOL!
However, amidst all the genres of music, I've always felt that some children have gotten left out... specifically, babies still within the womb, newborns, infants and toddlers. So I decided to create children's music, not just for elementary and middle school kids, but for our babies that we still hold in our arms and nurse.
Life is so beautiful and these little ones need soothing melodies and harmonies that are comforting. Babies need to hear heaven's music, so that their souls, hearts and minds can grow strong and be given audible nourishment. After all, heaven is where they came from and it's tough coming into this world. Music therapy made just for your little darling, can ease the stress of it all.
If you're having trouble getting your child to sleep or if you as a mother or father, are having a hard time sleeping, my music is for you. I made it especially for you, so that you can let go, relax and enjoy your sweet precious gift of life.
If it's daytime and you want to twirl in a field of daisies with your darling toddler, well I've got music for that too, and if you don't have a field of daisies, I'll help you imagine one.
If there's ever a time when your precious child is afraid, lets "Trust in Him." It's amazing how "God music" can dry those tears and put a smile on your child's face. After all, God is the expert on musical therapy for "your bugaboo."
If you ever just need a story put to music, audible, gentle, musical theatre music, made just for kids...It's here.
What about when your sweet little one has to go to the doctor or to the dentist? It is comforting for them to hear the soothing therapy of music made just for them, right there in the office. It eases the discomfort of it all. My music is made for every pediatric dental office and pediatrician, so that your child will have a happy and fun experience going to the dentist or the doctor! As soon as they hear those familiar harmonies, they will feel at home.
So let's escape together into a field of dreams, made with music...even if only for a little while. I believe that we can bring heaven to earth just like Jesus did, and more than likely as you're reading this right now, you're holding heaven. So here's to heaven's sounds. Let's enjoy them together!
Until next time, or Once upon a time, I'll be seeing you...
His Evening Star,