By VANDA DOBRITOIU
Local artist, Nate Hall, has many plans up his sleeve for 2012.
His new single will be released mid-February, and an EP will follow shortly after that. A tour is also in the planning stages.
The 19-year-old’s love for music started five years ago when he was attending Xavier Rudd’s concert in Toronto.
“I was amazed,” said Hall. “The next day I picked up my guitar and started learning how to play. I’ve been playing ever since.”
The youngest of three children, Hall decided to pursue his dreams right out of high school.
“My family and friends were very supportive,” Hall said.
In August 2011, Hall was named the Bell Media Emerging Artist of the Month for his first single, Keep Moving On, which gave him radio play across Canada.
With over 100,000 viewers on his YouTube channel, Hall plays mostly pop music, but tries to pull from different genres as well, trying to create a unique sound.
This past December, Hall opened for Keshia Chante, a famous pop singer, at a Faze Magazine event. Hall plays mostly at Maxwell’s in Waterloo, but travels as far as Calgary and Ottawa to share his dream with others.
When asked to describe Hall in three words, Zubin Thakkar, his manager and producer, said “fresh, fierce and fun.”
In addition to being involved with his music, Hall also takes part in community events.
Recently he was involved with the Waterloo Region’s Police Services anti-drug campaign.
His other song, called Things, was the theme song for the I Stop campaign put together by Missing Children’s Society Canada.
The singer enjoys working in studio, performing live with his friend Riley Donelson, and interacting with the audience.
In the future he plans on continuing to make music and keep sharing it with people.
“I regret nothing,” said Hall. “I learned a lot, and that’s the way to do it.”