Natalie La Rose Biography
Natalie La Rose was born on 12 July 1988, in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Her parents are of Surinamese descent.She has a sister, with whom she would dance and sing during her childhood. She graduated in 2008 at the Lucia Marthas Dance Academy in Amsterdam, where she had studied singing and dancing. In 2009, La Rose appeared in the Dutch musical version of High School Musical, playing the role Taylor Mckessie. La Rose cites Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Shakira, Selena, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, Musiq Soulchild, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston among her musical influences.
At the age of 20, Natalie moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her dreams of becoming a singer and dancer. She explained: "I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere in the Netherlands. I’d always had this belief that America was the place to be for me." In 2010, she got her first opportunity when she was signed a deal with Blackground Records, while its distributed by Interscope Records as part of the musical duo Amsterdam with Sigourney Korper, who appeared together in the music video for label mate J. Lewis and Flo Rida's "Dancing For Me". However, La Rose says of this situation: "The group didn’t work out, and no music was released. It just wasn’t the right time." In 2011, she appeared as the leading female dancer in Lloyd's "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)".
In 2011, while at an ESPY Awards after party, she went up to Flo Rida and told him that she was going to work with him one day. Impressed with her confidence, the multi-platinum international superstar invited her to the studio. Over the next two years, she performed with Flo around the world. In 2013, she officially inked a deal with his International Music Group (I.M.G.) label and Republic Records.
On 6 January 2015, La Rose released her debut single, "Somebody". The song features Def Jam recording artist Jeremih. The song peaked at No. 2 on the Official UK Singles Chart, No. 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 12 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.
On 24 April 2015, it was announced that La Rose will accompany Debby Ryan and Bea Miller as opening acts for the summer leg of Fifth Harmony's Reflection Tour, which began on 15 July in Louisville, KY.
On 2 June 2015, La Rose released her second single, "Around the World" featuring 300 recording artist Fetty Wap and production by Max Martin. "Around the World" was written by Marco Borrero, Ilya Salmanzadeh, Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Goransson, Justin Franks and Willie Maxwell. The song's accompanying music video premiered on 24 July 2015.