Raised in the old West Village of New York City, Natalie Gelman grew up amidst artists and true bohemians. At the age of 16, she borrowed a friend’s guitar, wrote a few songs and began busking on subway platforms. With a powerful voice reminiscent of Sheryl Crow, Jewel and Joni Mitchell, Gelman’s honest, heartfelt songs captivated tourists and commuters alike.
Natalie’s passion and persistence led to admission into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing Arts, where she received classical training in opera singing from coaches of the Juilliard School and the NYC Opera. After attending the University of Miami — and graduating in 2006 with a degree in vocal performance — Gelman embarked on 1,500 mile tour from Miami to New York City on rollerblades. Along the way, she performed in numerous venues, sold her self-titled debut album and donated the proceeds to Children International. Despite being hit by cars twice and rollerblading through tropical storms, Gelman completed her journey on July 17, 2006.