Til I'm Ninety Nine: An Interview with Nathan Angelo

Nathan Angelo played a small college in a Chicago suburb in 2012. One of the songs on his set list was “Love Sucks”.

She got me going like a puppet on a string / She cut me loose and made me think it ain't no thing

He played that same college two years later. There was a newer song on that set list called “Til I’m Ninety Nine”.

I’ll be there / When your hair turns gray / I’ll see you / Through the sun and rain

The majority of Nathan’s songs have that “I will play this at my wedding and cry” feel to it – literally, he claims he’s not the Wedding Singer but he’s played his fair share of receptions.

But what was the defining moment that changed his “Love Sucks” attitude? His wife, of course.

“When I first started, I was fresh out of college; green as an oak tree in the middle of summer,” Angelo began.  Whether it was just him and his piano or playing live with a full band, his songwriting was a mixture of highs and lows and taking those never-perfect moments to create an everlasting moment.

Nowadays, his priorities have changed. His gift of music is shared with his wife and daughter in addition to the countless number of fans that have supported him through the years. While his family comes first, his family supports his first love of music. “I love to write, I love to play and sing and perform. Things change over time but it’s who I am. I want to keep getting better as a songwriter and better as a singer.”

Another thing that’s changed for Angelo and the music industry in general is how songs are shared. It’s a whole new age of streaming and releasing singles instead of albums. It’s a concept that hasn’t been done before and can be intimidating to musicians young and old. Angelo spoke about it as, “Keeping people satisfied with new material and also being creatively satisfied. Being able to stay afloat is the hardest part, trying not to sink myself.”

With the support of two lovely ladies, Angelo keeps the mentality of staying genuine to his songwriting. Music’s a beautiful thing, you know?

What I once thought was fiction / I no longer doubt / Now I know what love is all about