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About Natural Born Leaders

Celebrated by the likes of NPR Music and Live Music Daily for their electrifying arrangements that “float seamlessly between rock, reggae, jazz, hip-hop and funk” (LMD), the music of Natural Born Leaders aims to tear down every preconception one may have about genre barriers and begs to be placed in a category all its own.

With NBL’s sophomore release Abominable Creatures, Natural Born Leaders live up to their name; each track is laced with empowering messages about standing up, standing out, and dreaming big. With lyric-driven anthems, lead singer and songwriter Michael Martinez inject a generous helping of social commentary into each verse, proving that music – and all forms of art – can be both consumed for enjoyment and digested with purpose. With influences ranging from the head-banging nature of Black Sabbath and Metallica to the old-school hip hop energy of Outkast and Lauryn Hill, Natural Born Leaders weave rich bass lines, sexy brass and electrifying guitar solos into a sound all their own. Paired with the charisma of frontman Martinez, the long-playing debut of Abominable Creatures is ripe with some of the most revolution-stirring antics one can sneak into a six-song collection.

Produced by platinum record holder Patrick Doyle (Jennifer Lopez, Earth, Wind & Fire, Cory Rooney), mastered by Howie Weinberg (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Metallica) and recorded between Doyle’s private studio and the acclaimed Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC, Abominable Creatures comes complete with an all-star cast of collaborators. Listen for yourself!
There were nearly 5,000 entries to this year’s Tiny Desk Contest. While NPR Music selected Los Angeles guitarist Naia Izumi as its 2018 winner this year, there were scores of contestants that impressed the judges with their music, their desks and for Asheville, N.C. band Natural Born Leaders, their convenience store.

Natural Born Leaders is a soul, rock group that fuses elements of hip hop in
between the lines. They are home-based out of Asheville NC. Their music
as a whole is fueled by creative and abstract thought. They are directly
influenced by bands contrasting in the range from The Fugees to Black
Sabbath and their music displays links to everything from jazz to blues, to
Afro-Latin and jam band music.

NBL is currently performing and touring at everything from dimly lit dive bars, to bustling urban street festivals, all the way up to world-class music venues.
They just finished their first studio album ‘About time’ a four-song EP
scheduled for release in March of 2018. NBL is a bite of hip-hop-gumbo-funk
that will make your soul hungry for more and your feet aching from dancing. If given a chance to experience NBL’s raw performance, you will surely take a powerful, musical journey. This Band is the leading trend this year. They brought joy and fun to every corner of the entire N.Y.C, with their sincerity in putting up all their effort to deliver a nice music album and live event.