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February 14, 2012

After 10 Years Away, Natalie LaRue Is Back

Half of the former brother-sister duo, popular a decade ago, preparing a 6-song EP

The brother-sister band LaRue hit it fairly big around the turn of the millennium, as siblings Phillip and Natalie put together three albums of ear-pleasing pop songs, including a few radio hits.

They amicably disbanded after 2002's Reaching, and Phillip went on to a solo career as well as doing some music production. Natalie, meanwhile, slipped out of the limelight, got married, and started raising a family. Now, 10 years and three kids later, she's making music again, and hopes to release a 6-song EP in the near future. She's trying to raise money for the project at Kickstarter.com -- where many indie artists try to fund their albums.

On the site, Natalie writes: "Ten years ago if you would have asked me where I would be now, I don’t think I could have even imagined . . . So here I am now. Attempting, after a long hiatus, to step back into the world that was once familiar territory. Now I’ve got some new shoes, some old scars, and a lot of perspective. I have songs that have been birthed out of the most pivotal period of my life. The transition from girl to woman, woman to wife, wife to mother. I have lots to say, and somehow, some way, out of the fog of family life -- and with a little nudging from my husband -- I feel ready to say it. I am ready to start a dialogue with words and music in hope that I reach the hearts of people very much like myself: Women. Mothers. Spouses. Cooks. Cleaners. Friends. Sisters. Jesus-lovers. And oh, so much more."