- "Natalie Young’s sophomore release “Natalie” is a giant leap forward for the singer/songwriter. While the powerful songwriting evidenced in her first release remains, on this project Natalie enlisted the aid of the award winning Positive Jewish LivingTM creative team of Beth Schafer and her producer/engineer John Marsden. Schafer & Marsden wrapped Natalie’s beautiful melodies and soaring voice in lush guitars, hypnotic rhythms, and angelic harmonies. Special guests on the release include sax & flute from Charlie DeChant of Hall & Oates, and the drumming talents of Charlie Morgan of Elton John’s band. From the start of the CD’s first track, the sing-along “Halleluyah,” it’s clear that Natalie has a gift for writing melodies that are memorable, singable, joyful and when combined with sacred texts, ultimately Jewish! Her voice wraps the listener in a warm loving embrace that leaves you full of contentment and peace. Project highlights include her 6/8 infused “Hinei Mah Tov,” the hypnotic cadence of “God of Creation,” and the world beat influenced “Adonai S'fatai.” The 8 songs on this release leave you feeling as if you’ve been touched by the Divine, and come away knowing that love will conquer all. This isn’t just music for worship, it’s music for living!"
"As a cantor, Natalie Young communicates sacred text in a direct, unaffected, and meaningful way.
As a singer she is gifted with a delivery that transcends styles and moods, and speaks directly to the listener's heart.
As a composer, Natalie is blessed with a melodic and harmomic vocabulary that is uniqe to all others in the field. Her writing is full of unexpected nuances, making it stand out among all others in the genre of Jewish music."
Dr. Alan Mason
President, Guild of Temple Musicians
Director of Music, Temple Israel of Greater Miami
"Cantor Natalie Young's gentle harmonies, powerful liturgical lyrics, and angelic voice combine to create music that lifts our spirits and touches our souls. Each and every time we sing one of her songs in our congregation, people are moved to tears and compliments abound."
Rabbi Judith Siegal
Coral Gables, FL
"I was blessed to have Cantor Natalie Young by my side at our congregation, Ramat Shalom - located in South Florida. I know the power of her music. How wonderful it is that her new CD will give more people the opportunity to experience her creative talents and her unique spiritual melodies!"
Rabbi Andrew Jacobs
Cantor Natalie Young is justifiably one of the great composers of Jewish music. She is a serious and great artist. The deepest sourse of her profound inspiration is her love of God, Torah, and of the Jewish people. And added to this is her mastery of style and musical composition. She lives by the very words of Abraham Joshua Hesschel who said that a "mitzvah without a melody, is like a body without a soul." Cantor Young is that wonderful sythesis of mitzvah, of melody, of soul. And that is what makes her the complete Jewish musician. She lives in the wonderful relm of creation, of revelation, and of expression.
Cantor Aaron Kaplan
Temple Shaarei Shalom
Boynton Beach, FL
"Natalie Young sings like an angel. Her voice is beautiful. What makes her truly special as an artist is her ability to create unique melodies that bring the lyrics to life! Natalie is a joy onstage and off – with a personality as charming and heart-warming as her music."
Shari Wallack (Member of Ramat Shalom)
I am really proud of you, Natalie. Your CD's blew my mind! First, the engineering and quality are like my european imports. Your voice is soft, crisp and yet, FULL of vibrance. We bought your music and I wanna thank you for creating it. The world is a better place. This, is a first. I almost always have something to say or a question to ask.
Karen (Plantation, FL)
Natalie's newest cd "standing on the shoulders" is heartwarming,and soothing sounds for everyone. I gave 9 friends copies to enjoy. She's my Judy Collins Live. The music continues my inspiring calmness from friday night services in my car. Until she is really discovered, Natalie is "our" treasure".
Craig Lamm (Member of Ramat Shalom)
I wanted to thank you again for bringing us that beautiful afternoon of music. I can't begin to imagine the amount of time, energy, effort and love you gave to seeing the concert to fruition.Being there reminded me of one of my favorite quotes: "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away". You took my breath away!
It was both a joy and privilege to perform your music with you last month at Temple Shaarei Shalom. The music was beautiful and you helped us sound as well as we ever have. Your duets with Cantor Kaplan were magnificent! Both your albums are equally beautiful. I truly hope that we will be able to perform with you again - as they say, "blow in my ear and I will follow you anywhere". Again, thank you for making a lot of people feel really good.
Rich Goldhaber (Accompanist at Shaarei Shalom, Boynton Beach, FL)
Every once in a while, a voice emerges that captures the longing of the soul. With Carry Me, the first CD by Cantor Natalie Young, that voice is wedded with disarmingly simple guitar and the timeless lyrics both of our tradition and contemporary issues. In a congregational setting, Cantor Young corrals the emotions of a vast array of people and channels them into song. The result is a positive, moving experience that gives meaning to prayer. Cantor Natalie Young is the whole package- and we are blessed that she has decided to devote her awesome talent as a musician, songwriter, and performer to the work of the Jewish people. We are a more spiritual people because of her.
Rabbi Bradley Levenberg, Temple Sinai, Atlanta, GA