Swedish songbird has taken over the stage at Camelot
Time Out Bahrain staff
Swedish songbird Nathalie Karlsson has taken over the stage at Camelot, we caught up with her to find out what brings the frozen north to a desert island and more...
You have recently joined the Camelot crew, what were you doing before and what brought you to Bahrain?
I had been travelling since 2007. Came to Bahrain for the first time four years ago and got a job through an agency at the Movenpick. When the contract finished, the hotel I was working for wanted to extend the contract, but at that time I was young (21) and wanted to travel, gain experience, and see the world. However, I was happy when the chance came to return.
How long have you been a professional singer and where else have you performed?
I started to sing when I was ten and did my first recording in a studio at the age of 11. I took my first singing class (private) when I was 12 and when I turned 15 I got accepted at one of Sweden’s best music high schools. That’s when I started to sing professionally in different groups and bands. That was the opening for my future career. I’ve travelled with small bands and toured with them, I’ve also performed on cruise ships around the Caribbean and Florida and taken to the stage in the UAE, Thailand, China and Sweden.
What sort of music can people expect to hear from you and do you do requests? Yes I do requests and people can expect a mix of pop, country, jazz, a bit of allsorts. Everything from ABBA and Adele to Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder via the Beatles, Bob Marley and the Eagles. I would say that 80s and 90s music are the most popular and two songs that always get requested are Hotel California and Smooth Operator.
What is your own favourite type of music and all time favourite song to perform and listen to if not the same? I like to listen to everything but especially country music, I have lots of favourite songs too many to choose one and if I had to choose only one style to sing it would be country. That’s my favorite.
Who are your musical influences? I grew up listening to Swedish artists. The first song I performed was by a Swedish country artist at the age of ten. These days I don’t listen that much to Swedish music anymore. But still my favourite has to be the country singer Jill Johnson, that’s who I covered on my first CD when I was ten. ABBA has also been an inspiration. My first three years of singing (ten-13) I mostly sang songs by Swedish artists and I performed at private parties. Other influences are Mariah Carey and Celine Dion.
How are you enjoying Bahrain so far? I really enjoy Bahrain, I like the fact it is small.
What’s it like performing for the Camelot Audience? I really enjoy it as it’s different to other places I have performed, the customers sing along and I like the fact that Camelot has daily theme nights so we get a variety of customers into the restaurant. I also like the fact you can come and relax or you can dance if you’re in the mood. No two nights are the same.
What’s the best night to come and see you? I would recommend Tuesday night at the Grape Escape.
Tell us something interesting about yourself that people would not know… I don’t like to speak on the mic, I love to perform and sing to 1000s of people, but doing a speech on the mic isn’t something I enjoy.