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Santiago x The Natural are a collaborative music duo comprised of Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/producer Santiago and Chicago based rapper/songwriter The Natural.
Their innovative upbeat original sound conjures up a range of driving musical elements, from the relentless groove of a Motown dance track, to the distorted rock riffs of the 60’s and everything in between, all the while paired with rich vocal and lyrical arrangements that will keep the listener singing, and the singer listening
Santiago was raised on Guam and Louisiana, both home to his indigenous roots. The Natural was born and raised on the southside of Chicago, growing up in the projects. Though their humble origins began on opposite sides of the world, their fateful paths towards lives in music were destined to merge
The two first met at the University of Notre Dame dining hall as undergraduates and bonded over a love of hip hop and indie rock. At the time, Santiago was the front man for a five piece rocksteady soul band that had major presence on campus as the recurring battle of the bands champions, The Natural and his band at the time soon dethroned Santiago’s act, proving that he was a viable force to be reckoned with. Soon after, Santiago and The Natural began self-producing and recording mixtapes from Santiago’s converted dorm room recording studio. Experimenting with rock-charged riffs, soul melodies, and a heavy dose of pop sensibility, Santiago sought to usher in the multi-dimensional aspects of hip hop into his future songwriting, via The Natural’s gifted lyricism
Since their initial meeting eight years ago, the two have made their rounds in the music business as members of separate touring acts, and as solo acts. During their respective exploits each has garnered major label attention, but ultimately continued to travel their own independent paths towards creative control and artistic freedom. As solo artists, there remained an undeniable urge to collaborate, reigniting the synergy of their genre bending musical creations and fostering the necessity of a concrete musical relationship.
During their growth as musicians and songwriters, both simultaneously continued the trajectory of their respective academic interests by obtaining professional graduate degrees, Santiago, a Master of Architecture, and The Natural, a Law Degree. While their academic pursuits have led them to realize the promise of rewarding professional careers, they both acknowledge that it is the pursuit of music that has always been their life force.
In 2011, they made it official, coining the duo, Santiago x The Natural. Their combined musical efforts have catapulted Santiago x The Natural to shared stages with Akon, The Clipse, Wyclef Jean, Lyfe Jennings, Mya, Soldiers of Jah Army, Cake and other notable mainstream artists. Their 2011 iTunes single release, “Warriors,” has received overwhelming positive reviews and continues to be adopted as an arena anthem by professional and collegiate sports teams nationwide.
Santiago x The Natural are poised and ready to be one of your favorite artists of all time.