I love success stories, especially when they involve musicians. I remember riding the subway in Boston when I was in college and seeing the singers with their guitar cases open, filling the echoing platforms with good sound. I usually gave them money, if I had some at the time. Apparently a lot of people tossed coins and bills into the guitar case of Natalie Gelman as she sang her heart out in the New York subways, because she not only made a living, but she worked herself above ground into local venues and eventually to Carnegie Hall. There is a reason for that. She writes heart-rendering songs, sings with the voice of a angel, has a stunning stage presence and puts it all together with her guitar and arrangements.
Call it blues, call it soul, call it rock; I call it addictive music. Put on your earphones, turn on recording software and listen to the words and music of a superb artist this Friday, Natalie Gelman.