You may know Nate Butler as the A&R guy on the hit show America’s Got Talent and the last season of The X Factor US and the singer was in South Africa recently attending the The International Arts Talent Showcase. Nate has worked with and launched the careers of artists such as likes of S Club 7, Victoria Beckham, Jojo, Aaron Carter, Blue, Sugababes, Luther Vandross, Backstreet Boys, Christina Milian and many more.
The singer was an opening act at The International Arts Talent Showcase held at Silverstar Casino recently and made the most of his trip as while he was in South Africa, he recorded a track with local artist Anais for his upcoming record, proving that he really is invested in South African talent. I spoke to Nate about his trip to Mzansi, talent showcases and the future.
You’ve launched the career of many incredible artists. What do you look for when you’re scouting?
I look for individuals that do not follow trends but are unique and are confident in the difference their talent exudes.
What has been the most rewarding part of working on a show like America’s Got Talent?
The most rewarding part of working on America’s Got Talent is being able to give artist the platform to live their dream. I know it seems cliché but I truly get excited about that.
How did your career start?
My career started in Atlanta, Georgia. I began as just a songwriter. The second song I wrote ended up on an album that sold 1 million copies by a group called Xscape signed to Sony Records. After that I began producing records which I felt was the next natural progression.
What drew you to The International ARTS Talent Showcase?
What drew me to come to The International ARTS Talent Showcase at Silverstar Casino is the pure fact that I feel a connection with this nation and I just want to lend a hand to those that feel they can’t make it in this business. There is talent all over the world and I found it to be stellar here in South Africa.
What are your thoughts on the South African entertainment industry?
The South African entertainment industry is full of life and energy. It is ready for the international stage.
What else are you getting up to in the next few months?
I will releasing my next video as an artist for “Dance Like David”, I produced for Motown Records artist Royce Lovett and I’m being featured with Nancy G, who is signed to Mutherland Records, on a track called “Slinging Hope”. In February, I will be back in SA doing a project with World Orphans South Africa.
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