Natasha Owens is a Dallas, Texas-based recording artist, worship leader and host of the Valiant Event, a national Christian women’s conference. She is signed to Radiate Music and has toured with some of Christian music’s leading artists, including Michael W. Smith, Jason Crabb, Jeremy Camp, Danny Gokey, Audio Adrenaline and Ryan Stevenson. She has just released her newest album, Christmas Memories.
If we ever needed a little cheer, it’s now. And what better way to lighten hearts and brighten spirits than with the joyous sounds of the holiday season. Because, as recording artist Natasha Owens sings, you just can’t have “Too Much Christmas” this year! Working with award-winning producer/songwriter Ian Eskelin and guest writers Francesca Battistelli and Tony Wood, Owens’ first holiday album is the perfect “cocoa by the fire,” jazzy-pop soundtrack for 2020.
Hobbies/Interests Apart from Music:
Shopping, Reading, Snow Skiing, Traveling
Last Netflix Binge:
I am an 80’s kid—so I love 80’s rock. You will hear 80’s guitar and other layers in my music. All my life, I have loved worship music. I love music that not only talks about God but talks to God.
Very First Musical Purchase:
CCM: If you had only five words to describe your new album, it would be…?
Natasha: Fun, Sentimental, Quirky, Playful, Joyful
CCM: Do you have a favorite song from the new album? Why?
Natasha: I love “Christmas Memories.” My Dad was all about making memories during the holidays. It was his favorite time of the year. Christmas as a child is some of my favorite memories. Memories that we created together.
CCM: What led you to pursue a career or ministry in music?
Natasha: In May 2010, my dad was cleaning his guns and there was a bullet in the chamber that he did not see. It went off and hit him directly in the heart. I questioned why and when I did not get an answer, I became very angry. I down spiraled into depression. God crossed my path at the perfect time and gave me a second chance at life. It was worship music that pulled me out of the depression. We started a ministry in music to give people hope. To let them know that God loves them and will never leave them. Each album is another chapter in my recovery. The first was making it through a trial, the second was rising above that trial. The third was becoming a warrior for Christ.
CCM: Do you remember that moment when you realized you wanted to make an actual career out of music?
Natasha: The moment that I realized that I had made it through. It was the most incrediitable feeling. I knew that I had to make it my mission to help others make it through their dark times.
CCM: What are your hopes for the new project?
Natasha: That it will put a smile on people’s faces and fill them with Joy.
CCM: If you could potentially tour with any other artist or band (that you haven’t already), who would you choose and why?
Natasha: Mercy Me. I love their hearts. They are so kind and humble. It’s truly about ministry and not industry.
CCM: What was the last song you listened to on your playlist or stereo?
Natasha: “See A Victory” by Elevation Worship
CCM: What was the last book you read?
Natasha: Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
CCM: If you could tell the world about another artist/band to check out, who would it be?
Natasha: JJ Weeks. Incredible artist with a heart for people and God.
CCM: What has been interesting to you musically lately?
Natasha: Perhaps something new to you in terms of listening habits or influences?
CCM: Name a song that you wish you’d written (and why).
Natasha: “Just Breathe” by Johnny Diaz. My life is so hectic and fast paced. When I heard this song, the first verse drew me in. I absolutely love the transition from the verse to the chorus. I have to be reminded, often, to just breathe.
CCM: How did you arrive at the name of your new album?
Natasha: When we started talking about doing a Christmas album, the number 1 topic that I wanted to write about was Christmas memories. I wanted to capture Christmas memories from my childhood and honor my Dad. He lived for Christmas and he was all about making memories.
CCM: What can listeners expect in terms of the sound, style and lyrics?
Natasha: Christmas projects are fun because there aren’t any rules allowing me to bounce in and out of musical styles. From the quirky fun pop original “Too Much Christmas” to the contemplative and emotive “O Holy Night” to the retro dance party vibes of “Dancing Santa Claus” I really got to explore some new territory for me as an artist. Also, there’s a lot of my personal life in the lyrics as well. It’s true I have a small family of English Bulldogs who are showcased in 2nd verse of “Christmas Memories” 🙂
CCM: What was the songwriting process like on this record?
Natasha: I usually write with Ian Eskelin in Nashville. But because of the travel restrictions with Covid—we wrote over the phone and skype.
CCM: How important is your faith or spirituality within your music?
Natasha: It’s everything to me. It’s the reason why I am singing and you will find it all throughout my music.
CCM: What message do you hope listeners will take away from your music, regardless of what they believe?
Natasha: On a normal record, I want them to feel God in my music. I want them to know that they are loved and for it to build their faith and hope that they can do all things through Christ. For the Christmas album, I want them to feel joy. I want to bring a little bit of happiness in the midst of this horrible year.