Nat Johnson is a singer-songwriter and guitarist based in Sheffield, UK. Nat’s work has earned her national press acclaim, songwriting commissions, several live sessions for BBC 6 Music and support from various BBC DJs including Gideon Coe, Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft, Marc Riley, Tom Robinson and Janice Long.
Nat’s first outfit Monkey Swallows the Universe (2003-2008) drew praise from everyone from the Guardian to the Sun with attention focused on Nat’s songwriting, lyricism and “golden” vocals. Highlights for MSTU included performing on Radio 4’s Loose Ends and for both Marc Riley and Gideon Coe on BBC 6 Music, touring with Richard Hawley, Camera Obscura and the Long Blondes, appearances at Green Man, End of the Road, Latitude and other festivals and inclusion on Rough Trade’s Counter Culture 06 compilation. After MSTU split in 2008, Nat released a solo single Dirty Rotten Soul (Steve Lamacq’s Single of the Week on its release) and then formed Nat Johnson & the Figureheads; releasing albums on Damaged Goods / Thee SPC and recording sessions for 6 Music’s Marc Riley and Tom Robinson and XFM’s John Kennedy.
In late 2014 Nat released a solo album, Neighbour of the Year on her own label, Straw & Hay Records. Lauren Laverne called it “a very beautiful record indeed,” and Subba Cultcha hailed it as “a treat for fans of PJ Harvey and Alela Diane”. Two singles were also released from the album: Not Now, Horse and DOG; the latter making an impact on YouTube with its animated video receiving 50k+ views in its first week.
Recent projects have included a commission to write new work about the Brontë sisters, resulting in the musical triptych ‘The Liberty System’, the Arts Council supported ‘Roving Women: Nat Johnson plays Connie Converse’ (which garnered a further live Gideon Coe session), contributions to a University of Sheffield songwriting course, a collaboration with The Beautiful South’s Dave Rotheray, appearances at various festivals and support slots with Low, Rozi Plain, Marika Hackman and others . Nat is often accompanied by her band: Katherine Jackson, Hannah Cartledge, Oliver Allchin, Chris Loftus and Neil Piper.