Nataly Dawn (of Pomplamoose)
w/ Lauren O'Connell
The daughter of missionaries, Nataly Dawn spent much of her childhood in Europe, where she attended Lycées Français in France and Belgium before returning to the US to study art at Stanford University. It was there that she met Jack Conte and formed Pomplamoose, eventually performing, recording, and editing songs and videos entirely on their own, in their Northern California home. Their first upload to YouTube was a song they had written, “Hail Mary,” which was featured on the YouTube homepage. In 2010, the duo began releasing creative covers of pop songs such as Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and Lady Gaga’s “Telephone,” which grew their fan base even further. Pomplamoose played 20 live dates in 2011, to sold-out audiences across the US.
In 2010, Pomplamoose released their first compilation of original songs with lyrics by Nataly entitled Pomplamoose VideoSongs, as well as an album of covers titled Tribute to Famous People. That same year, they also released The Holiday EP, in conjunction with Amazon.com, as an incentive for a charity book drive for the Richmond, CA, school system that brought in more than $130,000 worth of donated books. Their music could also be heard in a series of national television spots for Hyundai and Toyota. They have collaborated with other artists, like Ben Folds and Nick Hornby—with whom they produced a VideoSong.
On Feb. 13, Nataly will release, How I Knew Her. The album is comprised of 12 autobiographical, introspective songs by Dawn, produced by her longtime partner Jack Conte and recorded with a group of accomplished musicians—Ryan Lerman, David Piltch, Louis Cole, and Matt Chamberlain—at Prairie Sun Studios, where many of her favorite Tom Waits albums had been made. Mojo, Daily Telegraph, and Independent on Sunday all give it four stars. The BBC calls it "the sound of a woman brimming with ideas as she seizes her moment."
Lauren O'Connell is a singer/songwriter from Rochester, New York. She has released three full length solo albums and one EP as a duo with Nataly Dawn. She began uploading videos of herself performing original songs on YouTube soon after releasing her debut album Sitting in Chairs. Her first videos were simple one takes with just a guitar, but they soon progressed to layered harmonies and accompaniment, usually with O'Connell playing all of the instruments herself.