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Ultra Nate


In her two decades of making music, Ultra Naté has remained a musical chameleon, embracing a variety of sounds, from R&B/hip-hop, soul and disco to house, rock and electro-pop. Twenty years after sashaying onto international dance floors with the 1989 club anthem, “It’s Over Now,” Naté stands tall and proud, proving that artist longevity, though not common for singers of dance music, is alive and well. Ultra Naté’s 20 + year anniversary in the business comes at a time of non-stop work and recording sessions. In addition to prepping her eighth studio album, Hero Worship which features Robbie Rivera, Aussie wonder twins Nervo, chart-topping EDM troubadour Chris Willis, Italy’s hit maker Nicola Fasano, Hometown Baltimore’s DJ Class, Michelle Williams (of Destiny’s Child) and house music innovators Todd Terry and David Morales, Naté has also found time to initiate a new rock/funk project called Black Stereo Faith with the inimitable Quentin Harris.

Working hard for the money also means wearing numerous hats. Sure, Naté is the singer of the song, but she is also a songwriter, producer, DJ (currently holding a mixshow residency on influential French Radio Station FG alongside some of the world’s top jocks), label owner (BluFire and 410 Paradox Underground), club promoter (the monthly Deep Sugar) and live performer. For the B-more-residing Naté, such diversity is a natural extension—or evolution—from one creative aspect of the music scene to another. “I’ve been in this scene for a long time, so it’s easy for me to transition from one area to another rather seamlessly,” she explains. “Sure, I’m still learning some particular dynamics, but that’s the fun part of the process. When you stop learning you’re doomed.”

Naté’s schooling in all things music began in the late-’80s with her acclaimed Warner Brothers 1990 debut album, “Blue Notes in the Basement,” which spawned such club hits as “Scandal,” “Deeper Love” and “Rejoicing (I’ll Never Forget).” In 1993, Naté delivered her sophomore album, “One Woman’s Insanity” with its R&B undertow, c