Her good friend, Kathy Taylor, regularly joined Nat on stage adding harmonies and percussion. The pairing proved so popular that they decided to form a permanent duo. Under the name Muse (before the UK band of the same name hit the airwaves), they released an Ep which quickly sold out of its first pressing.
Motherhood for Kathy saw the girls discontinue as a duo and Nat went on to start the recording of her debut solo album with Mark Donohoe (Sunny Cowgirls) at Apollo 10 Studios in Perth, using some of the city’s top session musicians, including Courtney Murphy (backing vocals), Jason Smith (electric guitar and bass), Tim Count (keys) and Steve Curyer (drums).
The resulting CD ‘UNIVERSE’ was released in 2000 and charted at #3 on 78’s Records Independent Music chart (WA) and #4 on the Mills Records Indie Charts (WA).
Nat then re-located to Melbourne in 2000 after the release of ‘UNIVERSE’ and spent 2 years honing her craft and building a following on the Melbourne circuit before re-locating once again to Leamington Spa in the UK. While there, she met and became friends with John and Luke from Nizlopi. John added his amazing upright bass talents to Nat’s music and the pair gigged solidly on the local scene. Nat then moved south to Brighton where she performed extensively at songwriter nights in London and beyond. Brighton was also where she met Al Start and Emily Baker, both successful artists in their own right, who gave Nat endless support and encouragement. Nat and Al co-wrote several songs together (including So Many Ways) and Emily co-wrote I Will Not Fall and produced Nat’s EP ‘The Moment”.
At the birth of her first nephew, Nat returned home to Perth and started work on what would become PIECE BY PIECE with local musical legend Roy Martinez as producer and award winning sound engineer James Newhouse behind the boards (The Waifs).