Nathaniel was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and moved to Melbourne, Australia, when he was 6 years old. Growing up in a culture immersed in musical and artistic expression, Nathaniel developed a passion for music that has taken him on a journey from Africa, to the stages of Australian Idol 2006, to the recording studios of Melbourne.

Nathaniel’s music is a unique blend of musical genres, smoothly fusing acoustic soul and R&B together with elements of rock, funk and jazz. Nathaniel relies heavily on the personal experiences that he has encountered throughout his life as motivation for his songwriting. Whenever he performs, Nathaniel draws inspiration from his musical influences, legendary artists such as Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Marvin Gaye just to name a few. He has recently been hard at work in the studio, collaborating with some of Australia’s most prolific and accomplished songwriters, producers and musicians such as Jade Mcrae, Phil Turcio [Guy Sebastian “Taller, Stronger, Better”], brothers Gary and Brad Pinto, (CDB), Paul Cecchinelli [Anthony Callea “Live For Love”], Mandy Kane and TZU’s Pip Norman.

Nathaniel’s debut single “Vertigo” was released exclusively via iTunes early last year and the accompanying music video clip, which was shot at Melbourne’s iconic Eureka Tower, nationally aired on Channel 10’s Video Hits alongside a nation-wide competition which were all met with an amazing response. During his recent promotional campaign, he was interviewed by FOX FM for their Australian First program and delivered a live acoustic performance on air of his single “Vertigo.” In addition to this, he has performed live on Channel 9’s Mornings with Kerri-Anne and headlined the exclusive 2007 New Year’s Eve party for Channel 7 and 3AW at Melbourne’s Eureka Tower.

Since performing his laid-back soul version of the U2 hit “Vertigo” on Australian Idol 2006 and blowing audiences and judges away with his extraordinary vocal talent and exceptional good looks, Nathaniel is undoubtedly on his way to being recognised as one of Australia’s greatest contemporary voices. He has the reach and likeability of talent such as John Farnham and Justin Timberlake and is destined to fill a void in the Australian market that is currently there for the taking.
Nathaniel Willemse

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