Musical artist and producer Nathan Menard’s music purpose is for listeners to think of the beauty of life every time they tune in. “My passion for music is heard with the heart and responded with dancing. There’s an energy and optimism in my songs that I think is absent from so many other titles out there,” he says.
“And people need that, the world needs that, love, family, life… it all needs that. I like to think that my music can take people to a better place both emotionally and mentally. I try to remind my listeners of how they felt when they first fell in love or of the joy found in simple moments. My music lifts you up and turns your day around.”
As a child, Nathan did not seem destined for music at first. “Music was never listened to in our home,” he remembers. “So, you can imagine how I felt when I heard a Marvin Gaye song when I was fourteen. That was a real earthquake in my life! That music was incredible, and it honestly changed me. I vowed I would do whatever it took to sound like that and make music that made people feel like I did that day: confident, dreamy, in love, and wanting to dance.”
Nathan faced an uphill battle from there. “I tought myself how to play the drums, guitar, piano, production, song writing, mixing, and mastering. Up until this point, I’ve done everything on my own and have just learned to master my craft. Nathan is thoughtful as he thinks about the impact he wants his music to make on other people. “I want to bring the zeal and color back to life and love. I think people have forgotten how to celebrate life, and I want my music to remind them.”
Nathan believes there is a lot that people can relate to in his music. “In my most recent single, “Lottery,” the theme of the song is the idea that I am a winning lottery ticket but end up in the trash. Everyone feels this way at some point, right? Whether it’s in the workplace, at home, or in their love life, everyone feels overlooked even though they have so much to offer. That’s what I try to put in my music: a full-blown comprehension of the world, love, life, music, and what all of that means.”
It’s hard not to like Nathan when he gives his answer to what success means to him. “Success for me would be someone who plans a surprise date for their lady, and at the end of said date, they light some candles and dance to my song with their girl under the moonlight. I also wouldn’t mind one of the more banging R&B hits being used for a Tik Tok dance trend.”
Nathan knows that he faces long odds in his profession. “The music world will eat you up and spit you out, that’s true,” he says. “However, I really believe in my core that I have something special to offer a listener. I know I probably sound like every single person that’s ever auditioned for American Idol, but man, my whole life I’ve been an optimist.
I am filled with joy and a passion for music that is heard with the heart and responded to with dancing. I don’t take any shortcuts in songwriting or any when I express what I feel or mean. I’ve got music and life in me that’s just waiting to be released. Long story short, I’ve been overlooked. I am a winning lottery ticket just waiting to be scratched.”