Natalie Nicole Gilbert Declares Victory

The pop-soul artist explores the ups & downs of reaching goals with an inspiring cut.

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Natalie Nicole Gilbert marks a hard-won Victory in her inspiring single and video — showcasing today on Tinnitist.

A new mix of the track Victory Is Never Free from her recent album Recovery, the song’s spare, elegant piano is punctuated by warm, sonorous strings, crystalline vocals, and heartening lyrics that tell the tale of reaching a long-term goal.

The video, shot by Ross Hillier and produced by Gilbert and Miranda Sajdak, is a touching and visually stunning accompaniment to the song, and features enveloping, golden-hour lighting, stunning, saturated tones, and impressive action shots in close-up. Audiences are taken on a journey to witness the process and progress of a young athlete with prosthetic legs training for a race; we watch him run gracefully along the track, and yet we also see how his knees ache after he removes the prostheses. His coach offers encouragement, and he continues to push towards his goal, until eventually he achieves victory.

A mixture of original songs and covers, Recovery tells the winding, ups-and-downs story of healing — be it from a broken heart, trauma, or whatever the listener might be experiencing or can tap into from past experience. Say Anything is a slow and slightly folky guitar jam that asks ‘Can we just sit still for a while?’ and expresses a languid tiredness that’s more of a letting go than a giving up. All We Do features moody piano and sparse beats and evokes some of the best Tori Amos or Kate Bush creations. Postcard, with both guitar and ukulele, is fun and rollicking and vacationy, affording an upbeat, carefree look back at a past relationship. Faith is a slow, soulful, acoustic-guitar cover of the popular George Michael hit. And Vanishing is a very worthy cover of the Mariah Carey ballad from her 1990 self-titled debut.

Based in Los Angeles, Gilbert is an award-winning recording artist who’s acclaimed for her thrilling vocals, heartfelt lyrics, and extensive knowledge of the music industry. She has 13 solo albums and 17 singles to her credit. In addition, she is a radio host, voiceover talent, session vocalist and composer.

Watch Victory above, listen to Recovery below, and keep up with Natalie Nicole Gilbert at her website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.