Blake Williams and Nat Ripepi at Mix94.5

Here’s another flashback blog…. This turned out to be one crazy emotional and exciting day! Read on to find out why…

In February of 2014, I was invited by the lovely Blake Williams to feature on his radio show ‘The Scene’ on Perth station Mix 94.5. I was very flattered and a little shocked as I hadn’t been actively looking for any publicity at the time. I was just happily plugging away at my regular pub gigs and preparing for the arrival of mine and my partner’s baby, so I was stoked to get back on the airwaves and sing a couple of live songs. I sang a track from my CD Piece By Piece and then participated in a little challenge. Each week, Blake asks his guests to cover a well known Aussie song, but he doesn’t reveal the track until you get there and then you have some time during the add breaks to put something together. I was given “Walking On A Dream” by awesome Aussie band Empire of The Sun. Below is a little vid my partner filmed of what came out.


If you’d like to listen to my little chat with Blake, you can listen to The Scene podcast by clicking on the link.

Then the crazy part begins…. After this interview, my heavily pregnant partner and I popped around the corner from the radio station to King Edward Memorial Hospital for a quick check-up and got told we weren’t going home – baby had to come out today! She had lost weight in the womb since the last check-up, so she had to come out ASAP! We were totally unprepared! No bags packed or anything. The only thing I had packed in the car was my guitar 🙂

Such a crazy day – singing on the radio one minute then going into labour the next!!! Thanks to the incredible team at KEMH, our beautiful baby girl arrived healthy and safe at 11:02am the following morning. Here she is….

What a day that turned out to be! One of the best (and most emotional) days of my life! I’ll be remembering that one 🙂

Any crazy memories you’d like to share with me? Leave them in the comments below.

’til next time…

With love x Nat

Vintage Toy Guitar and Teddy

It all started with a little toy guitar… I was about 6 years old when my parents bought my siblings and I the best Christmas presents ever! Toy musical instruments! They weren’t real instruments, but to my six year old self, they were the best presents EVER!!! Strumming that little guitar was the best feeling in the world! I had no idea HOW to play, but that didn’t stop me strumming away as loud as I could, singing at the top of my lungs!

For reasons unknown to me at the time, my parents decided that these toys were not for everyday play. They were to be kept packed away on top of my parents wardrobe, only to be played with occasionally, then put straight back again as soon as we had finished playing. As a kid I thought it was because these instruments were too special and precious to be left laying around with our other toys, but now I’m guessing it probably had more to do with the god awful racket we most likely made, driving my parents crazy! 😆 In any case, I remember constantly begging mum, asking if we could play with “the instruments”. Sometimes it was a disappointing no, but the best days were when she said yes! God I loved that guitar! And it was always heartbreaking when the time came to pack them back away again.

Eventually my mum got tired of fighting me every time she tried to take my guitar back and just let me keep it. I promised to look after it and did just that – returning it to its box and back into my cupboard after I finished playing. It was my pride and joy….and guess what? I still have that little guitar to this day!

I was 11 years old when I got my first ‘real’ guitar and started proper guitar lessons. Then, at the age of 16, I was asked by a friend of mine to put music to a poem she had written about our friend – a Canadian exchange student, who we had grown to love so much, but who now had to return home. I’d never really thought about songwriting before that, but I took the poem and gave it a go. The resulting song was a soppy ballad about how much we were going to miss our friend, but I was so proud to have (co)written my first song. When I sang it for the first time at her going away party, everyone cried! Those powerful emotions that were stirred up with a simple song had me hooked! I knew from then on that I wanted to be a songwriter! I was drawn to the strong connection that could be made between me and my listener through music.

It’s still that connection I live for today. There is no better feeling in the world than when I’m singing my songs and connecting with an audience. The energy and emotion that is shared is beyond compare. I’m so touched and humbled when I’m told how much a certain song means to one of my listeners. My songs have been the soundtrack to the lives of people I may never meet, but who send me little messages to say I was played at their wedding, or helped them through their breakup, or while on a road trip, or numerous other situations, which fills me with such joy that I can be a virtual part of these people’s lives in some small way. I hope to also be a part of your life and for you to be part of mine…

So here’s where you come in…

As independent musicians, we can only survive in this biz thanks to the support from loving fans like yourself. YOU are the only reason I’m still able to make music! Thank-you for allowing me to keep this connection flowing.

If you would like to feel this connection, then click here to listen to my album PIECE BY PIECE.

Thank-you for allowing me into your world and sharing this musical journey with me…

If you have anything to share with me or have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave a comment below…