NATURAL demonstrates the whole package – superior instrumental skills, silky-smooth vocals, and hard-hitting dance routines. Because they play all of their own instruments, NATURAL are more Beatles than Backstreet, but they’re definitely influenced by both.
The group, made up of Ben Bledsoe, “J” Josh Horn, Michael Johnson, Patrick King, Jr., and Marc Terenzi, came together in Orlando, Florida, in the summer of 1999, and began singing original, a cappella songs for anyone who would listen. After performing at one particular audition, they were signed to a local production company and began recording demos for presentation to major record labels. As they worked hard to pursue a recording contract, including one trip to New York where they performed fifteen showcases in a single day, they began building a local following, and sold out their first concert, at the House of Blues in Orlando.
NATURAL got a break in April/May, 2000, when SAT.1, a major television network in Germany, followed the group with cameras over a three-week period for a television show called “24 Hours.” When the show aired, it was the #1 show in its timeslot that night. This prompted an August trip to Germany, where they were met with legions of new fans, many of whom followed the group around the country, from performance to performance. During this visit, NATURAL headlined the main stage one night at the famous Pop-Komm music festival, the biggest festival of it’s kind in the world. They also appeared on “Chart Attack,” a television show highlighting all of the hottest musical performers. NATURAL was the first unsigned group ever to appear on this show.
After returning from Germany, NATURAL caught the interest of Orlando music-magnate Louis J. Pearlman, who after being blown away by the group’s talent, signed them to a management deal.
In April, NATURAL completed a five-week tour with the reunited Monkees. This tour will pick up again in June and run throughout the summer. During June, July and August, NATURAL will be participating in a national promotion with Claire’s Accessories, and making radio appearances around the country. Their first single, Put Your Arms Around Me, was written by Steve Kipner (Genie in a Bottle, The Hardest Thing), and produced by Ali Dee. Its release in June will coincide with the summer promotion and tour.