|Birth name||Natalia Druyts|
Westerlo, Flanders, Belgium
|Label||Sony Music Belgium 2003-2013 Universal 2013-present|
Natalia Druyts (born 3 December 1980), best known mononymously as Natalia is a Flemish recording artist and performer. She has sold over 400,000 albums, and over 1 million concert tickets between 2003 and 2010 in Flanders. While she is a major star in Flanders, she is almost unknown in the French-speaking side of Belgium, Wallonia.
Early life and career
Natalia was born on 3 December 1980 in Westerlo, Flanders, Belgium. She has graduated as a translator in English and Spanish.
In 2003 Natalia released her first single "Without You", the single peaked at number two in the charts and went gold in sales.
Not much later, Natalia provided two songs for the Belgian movie Team Spirit II, releasing "I've Only Begun To Fight" as her second single and the soundtrack for the movie. The song peaked at number one in the charts and went gold in sales.
Shortly after, she recorded her first full-album, This Time. It went platinum in sales, and Natalia started her first tour, the This Time Live Tour. Originally planned as a 20 date tour, it was extended to 90 dates due to massive ticket demands.
At the same time as that tour, she performed at the pre-selections for the Eurovision Song Contest with "Higher Than The Sun", which was released as her third single. It peaked at number two in the charts.
The fourth and last single of the This Time album was "I Want You Back", which peaked at number three in the charts.
In October 2005, Natalia released a single together with The Pointer Sisters, "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves", which reached number two in the Belgian charts. She performed 10 concerts with The Pointer Sisters in January 2006 during Natalia Meets The Pointer Sisters in the Sportpaleis, Antwerp, attended by more than 130,000 people.
Natalia released a single together with En Vogue called "Glamorous" in October 2007; it reached number two on the Belgian charts. In January 2008 she performed with En Vogue and Shaggy during Natalia Meets En Vogue, Feat Shaggy at the Sportpalies in Antwerp. 75,000 people attended the six shows.
In 2009 she asked the French designer Frédéric Luca Landi to design her dress for her concert at the Sportpaleis.
In January 2011, Natalia planned a new concert with an international superstar, this time she chose Anastacia. They recorded a single called "Burning Star", and in January 2011 toured as Natalia Meets Anastacia.