Natalie Rungan unearthed her life’s dream while singing hymns in church. Natalie studied music at school and university where she excelled in vocal performance. In 1999, she graduated from the University of Natal with a Bachelor’s degree in Music. Natalie taught jazz vocals at the university for seven years in the Jazz Studies programme.
She completed her Masters Degree in Jazz Performance, Composition and Arranging in 2002. That same year, she was awarded best jazz vocalist in the Old Mutual National Jazz Encounters competition.
She has worked with great musicians such as Greald Albright, the 2008 SAMA winner Ernie Smith, Victor Masondo and Mandoza for her debut album. Her ability to fluidly hold her own in so many diverse music musical influences shows a remarkable ability found in her album.
Her repertoire and range has seen her perform on stages with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, PJ Powers, Winston Mankunku, Wendy Oldfield and International Jazz guitarist, Ronny Jordan.
Natalie has also become an experienced choir director on both the Jazz and Gospel circuits. She was nominated in 2009 for the Crown Gospel Music Awards in the category of ‘Best R & B Album. Natalie performed at the International Olympic Committee Gala Dinner held at the Oyster Box Hotel in Durban in July 2011 which was attended by H.R.H. Price Albert of Monaco and his new bride Princess Charlene.
Natalie continues to explore her skills as a writer as well as a performer. She spent the first month of 2012, writing and producing a developing RnB/Pop group in Durban, alongside Ernie Smith.