Nathaniel is an internationally recognised musician, performer and music educator who has had an extensive music career as a Bassist, Guitarist and vocalist. He received a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies (with Distinction) from Central Queensland Conservatorium (CQCM) before completing a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of Cincinnati (UC).
Nathaniel began his professional performing career in 2003 as a session musician for local recording studios and festivals before being accepted into the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music 2004. In 2008 he was accepted on a full scholarship into a Masters of Music at The University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA. During his time in the USA, Nathaniel had the opportunity to perform and work with artists including Bootsy Collins, Mel Carter, Wilbert Longmire and Jeff Coffin.
From 2014 to 2019 Nathaniel was the Head of Music at the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts where founded the ACPA Gospel choir, which under his leadership went on to, perform with artists including Jessica Mauboy, Archie Roach, Isaiah Firebrace, Troy Cassar Daley, Kate Cerebrano, Katie Noonan and John Farnham at events including QMF’s 2017 “You’re the Voice” concert and at the closing ceremony for the 2018 Commonwealth Games. From 2014 to 2018 Nathaniel was the musical director for ACPA Productions “Black Electric” (2014), Knock Knock (2015), Flight (2016), Awakening (2017) and Eclipse (2018) which premiered at the Queensland Performance Arts Centre. In 2016 he was announced as VET Trainer of the Year at the Queensland Training Regional Awards.
In 2019 Nathaniel was the music director for “The Sapphires” presented by Hit Productions, which is currently traveling to over 140 venues around Australia. In this position he worked closely with award winning actor Tony Briggs and lighting designer Mark Howett. He also provided opening music for the 2019 Birraranga Film Festival, which premiered award-winning films from around the world.
Nathaniel’s performing credits include Macy’s Jazz Festival in Cincinnati, USA alongside acts including Jasmine Sullivan, Robin Thicke, The O’Jays and Anita Baker (2009), Festival of Voices in Hobart, AUS (2016 as bassist), Opening for Chrissette Michelle and Frankie Beverly and MAZE, Opening for Al Jarreau (2008), Latrobe University’s Hyllus Maris Lecture and QMF’s “You’re the Voice” events accompanying Isaiah Firebrace (2016 X Factor winner), Aboriginal Tourism Expo at the Sydney Opera House (2015), Guest Lecturer on Bootsy Collins Funk University, Numerous performances with “All Together Now” 2018 winner Lai, Freelance bassist, guitarist and vocalist with numerous Brisbane musical groups, Yamaha Music endorsee, Elixir Strings endorsee, Sponsored by Mark Bass amplifiers
Nathaniel is a proud Yorta Yorta, Wurundjeri, Ngarrindjeri, Wadi Wadi, Wiradjuri and South Sea Islander man