Nearly ten years ago, Cascada's first single, "Miracle," proved to be a miracle itself, making it into the German charts at 32nd place.
Her father, David, says: "The band has the will to succeed!
And tempermental Natalie, with her Rhenish good cheer and sex appeal, brings that music across to the fans.
He sees no contradiction in this: "There's only good and bad music," he told DW, "whether pop, classical, jazz or rock. It's what moves you." The 69-year-old jazz trombonist studied in London, was a member of the BBC Radio Orchestra in the 1970s, and then played with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby. Natalie: "My father thinks it's all pretty simplistic, but he is also incredibly proud of me." And actually, he hardly even cares that what she does is dance music, the Cascada frontwoman adds. You have to do what you think is right,' I've always told Natalie.
In 1980, he became a trombonist, composer and arranger for the West German Broadcasting (WDR) Dance Orchestra, which would later become the WDR Big Band. Getting into pop - or not "I came to Bonn because it was easier for me to be a real musician in Germany than in England," he said. And as a musician you need the absolute will to make it to the stage," said David Horler.
His daughter Natalie heard him practicing jazz and classical music pieces at home. And when she was very young, she always sang 'Underneath The Stars'. Natalie took her first singing lessons at the age of 14.
Then she started singing once or twice a week at a cocktail bar in Bonn, before landing her first studio gigs at age 17.